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Burlapping problems

Postby m.teeter » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:17 pm

I have been making some decoys and burlapping them. But I've noticed that the mastic is softening when spending a long time in the water. Could this be something I'm doing wrong or possibly an inferior mastic. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Re: Burlapping problems

Postby MassDecoyCarver » Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:10 am

3 things to remember,....

Use an acrylic Mastic
Don't apply it too thick, better to put on 2 or 3 light coats. Make sure it is really dry before painting, this could take a few days in a dry and warm place.
Make sure you've sealed it thoroughly with an oil based paint before proceeding with colors.

Other folks here know more than I do, but these are the rules I follow and I have not had any trouble with mine.
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Re: Burlapping problems

Postby m.teeter » Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:18 pm

Thanks. I'm pretty sure that the dry time is my culprit. I have been trying to rush them thru and now I've done a lot of work for nothing. Oh well, just another excuse to make more decoys.
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Re: Burlapping problems

Postby Slack Tide » Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:42 pm

You gotta wait, wait, wait...that's why it's good to do a few in phases. And don't rush it either. I put a few by the wood stove all excited.....crackle crackle crack....... :no:
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Re: Burlapping problems

Postby Gcdhunter » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:03 pm

i seal mine with two coats of spar varnish. makes em rock hard and waterproof too. I know the first set i ever burlapped i just primed and painted and they got soft.
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Re: Burlapping problems

Postby Slack Tide » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:16 am

Gcdhunter wrote:i seal mine with two coats of spar varnish. makes em rock hard and waterproof too. I know the first set i ever burlapped i just primed and painted and they got soft.


I've done that too. I find it to be a lonnnnnnnng process for sure. I find at least a day between drying coats.
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Re: Burlapping problems

Postby Gcdhunter » Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:21 am

Its a long process for sure but will pay off in the end. If you are going to be hunting many consecutive days they will become soft without spar
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