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Smcdermott 01-10-2005 08:19 PM

Soft Body
 
Can't say how pleased I am with this stuff. I always used softex in the past thinking it would probably take forever for a water based substitute to dry. I was wrong. While it may take 24 hrs to set up completely according to the container it seems to harden within a few minutes and with a nice clear finish to boot. Count me in as a convert.

Sean

striblue 01-10-2005 09:46 PM

Sean, glad you made the conversion... soft Body is the way to go for a number of obvious reason...including the toxic problem with softex.

Adrian 01-11-2005 07:04 AM

I'll have to check that out - I wonder if its a clear version of that Ezbody sparkle stuff?

JimW 01-11-2005 09:27 AM

Sean,
Glad to hear it, your braincells will thank you.

Adrian,
I think the ezbody stays more pliable than the softbody. From what I've heard the ezbody is fabric paint. That stuff does make a nice sand eel body once you learn how to apply it.

I've been using the softbody for some time now and find it holds up very well where softex has a tendancy to get more of a milky color.

The softbody is available in a thick and thin formula.

striblue 01-11-2005 11:53 AM

The container is the same shape as the softex container... short round jar with a screw top.

polareyez 01-11-2005 04:23 PM

Soft Body
 
I've been using Soft Body since last season and am quite pleased with it. Although I miss the fumes of Softex :Eyecrazy: it does contain a known carcinogen. Just in case you don't know, it comes in a thin and a thick consistincency. It does seem to set up a lot faster than the manufacturer claims.

Quentin 01-11-2005 06:13 PM

I recently bought my first jar of Soft Body (thin) and used it to coat a couple of foam popper bodies. It definitely has some benefits over Softex (no odor or toxic fumes, dries clear) but it does take a bit longer to set and doesn't seem to be as flexible as Softex. The Soft Body is more like plastic and the Softex is more like rubber. This may or may not matter depending on the application. I haven't tried the Soft Body on feathers, fur or synthetics yet so I'm not sure what it's like on those materials. The thin formula is quite watery and I had to apply a couple of extra coats around the eyes in order to smooth over the edges of the eyes. Maybe the thick formula would be better for this? Soft Body seems like a great product, but I'll have to use it in some different applications and do some field testing (hopefully lots of field testing :hihi: ) before I can say that it will completely replace Softex for me.

Q

Slinger 02-03-2005 11:58 PM

Been using this stuff extensivly for the last couple of weeks, I`m completly sold. No more mixing epoxy only to watch it turn yellow, and I hear this stuff isn`t as fragile. Wait till you see the incredible silversides and anchovies I did with the new DNA Holo-Fusion and this soft body.
I got a jar of each, thick and thin. Can this stuff be thinned when it starts to get to thick? At worst I`ll just keep adding small amounts of the thin stuff, I think that will work.
45 days till the first predicted fish of the season!
Slinger

FishHawk 02-04-2005 04:26 AM

Slinger try a little water as a thinner it might work since it's water based. Experiment before you do the whole bottle. FishHawk

Wes 02-08-2005 10:16 PM

I have thinned it with water and it seems to be fine as long as you don't over do it. For what it's worth, I spilled some 2 years ago on the corner of a dish towel, really soaked a spot, and it's still pretty strong after dozens of washings.


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