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Best Way To Clean Hook Eye After Painting?


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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.

I 2nd that

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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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1/4 or 3/8 inch spade bit and hammer. On a piece owood, the jig on its side and hold the point of the bit in the center of the eye. Hit the end of the bit till it breaks through the paint. Only way ive found to work on baits once they are heat cured.

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I have a buddy that supplies all of my Ned heads and he never has paint in the eyes.  He must hang them by wire or something.  For some others I have bought, I use a small hook like tool on my fishing clippers.  Using another hook put too many holes in my fingers.  ?

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2 minutes ago, TOXIC said:

I have a buddy that supplies all of my Ned heads and he never has paint in the eyes.  He must hang them by wire or something.  For some others I have bought, I use a small hook like tool on my fishing clippers.  Using another hook put too many holes in my fingers.  ?

Has to do with your panting process and the type of jig. I ussually dont have issues with mushroom type head but my poinon head jig is an issue.

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