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Best Way To Clean Hook Eye After Painting?

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What do you guys do to clean the hook eye after powder coating?

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I have a Pop Snagger for cleaning out hook eyes on purchased baits.  On my own powder painted baits I don't get paint into the eyes.  I hold the hook with needle nosed pliers or hemostats covering the hook eye.  That way no paint ever comes into contact with it and it stays clean.

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IF it is right after the powder paint dip, I use an old spinnerbait wire and poke through the eye. If it is after you bake,  Take a paper clip  and bend it out straight.   Heat it up with a flame on your stove or  butane torch to the point it becomes red.  Immediately poke into the baked over eye. It will burn the paint right out.

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IF it is right after the powder paint dip, I use an old spinnerbait wire and poke through the eye. If it is after you bake,  Take a paper clip  and bend it out straight.   Heat it up with a flame on your stove or  butane torch to the point it becomes red.  Immediately poke into the baked over eye. It will burn the paint right out.

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Right on I'll try that. Thanks for the advise.

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What Gman said, X3. If you wait to long, its next to impossible without chipping the paint.

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Before you bake the powder paint, use an eyebuster to clean the paint
out of the hook eye.  All you need to do
is put the eye of the hook under the pin and push down.  Quick and simple.


 

Eyebuster



 

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After it is baked on I Heat up a metal ice pick and slide through eye.

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I use a jig eye buster before they're painted, after they're painted a heated heavy duty trotline hook works best for me. 

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IF it is right after the powder paint dip, I use an old spinnerbait wire and poke through the eye. If it is after you bake,  Take a paper clip  and bend it out straight.   Heat it up with a flame on your stove or  butane torch to the point it becomes red.  Immediately poke into the baked over eye. It will burn the paint right out.

 

 

In addition, I run the short 2" or so piece of wire all the way through the eye and out the other side.  You always get that little ball of crud on the end of the wire, and if it is just a quick in and out that ball of crud just sticks back on the eye again.

 

Some jigheads that I know I'm going to lose at a fast rate I don't waste the time curing, but after I clean the eye out I'm hit it with a torch quick to smoothen out the paint edges so it doesn't mess with the line.  I have hit them with a torch after breaking the paint out after curing too.

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Becareful using wire, hooks, etc. to clean the eye.  It can leave a sharp edge that can cut your line or at least weaken it.

 

Clean the eye before baking the head. After you paint it and before you bake it clean the eye with an exacto knife.  Turn it back and forth in the eye a couple of times.  It will easily flake off and this will prevent the paint from having a sharp edge because it will smooth out during baking.

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I just got an eye buster at Walmart for $1. I would look there. I have used nail clippers to chip off the paint as well.

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I use a germil 0.32 works good and fastt no burning u or anything else

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I keep a 1/4 inch drill with a very small drill bit in it just for this purpose.  It will clean out the eye

no problem baked or unbaked.

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I use an eye buster on crappie jigs but I don't know what type of paint these are or if its been baked or not. Works well on them though.

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clean it out with a hook or pin

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