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microballoons in soft plastic

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:11 pm
by cuzzinfish
Hey all,

I was wondering if anyone has figured out an appropriate ratio of micro balloons to soft plastic to make it float. The lure I'm trying to float has an internal wire frame, so I know I may need more. I'd like to have a baseline, if possible, to get me close. I plan on using different material later, but I have a ton of old chopped up soft plastic I'd like to use for the prototype stage. Any information would be appreciated. Also, can someone point in the right direction to where I may find heat shrink tubes like you see on bucktails and what size is most common for that application? Thanks all.


Re: microballoons in soft plastic

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:41 am
by RhettWheeler
you can have your ratio all the way up to 1:1 soft plastic to microballoons. The higher the ratio of microballoons to soft plastic, the more rigid. Keep that in mind. Good luck. Add softener to help lighten up the plastic.

Re: microballoons in soft plastic

PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:08 pm
Thanks - I had the same question. Working on a soft plastic top water I want to float a 4/0 to 7/0 hook.