Hardwood or not, it doesn't matter at all if your surface prep is good.
Here is the theory behind not sticking: Hard
wood is less porous than soft wood, thus you will have to roughen the surface up before applying the epoxy coat. Softer the wood,
lesser the roughening required. The best
way to describe this is a mirror and a concrete slab. Mirror is not pourous at all and if paint is applied on it, it basically sits on it without adhering, thus it is entirely dependent on its tensile strength. Now if you apply paint on a concrete slab, it is pourous, thus the paint has a chance to 'grab' on to the surface of it.
Oh yes, make sure your dowels are 100% dry and they really shoudn't be treated with any
chemicals. If they are treated, I would stay
away from it.
As I said before, to achieve high quality
lures, cut your shape out, prime the surface
with a water based epoxy, allow to dry no more than 18 hours(all epoxies have a time frame of adhesion to new coatings, if you pass this time frame, the primer will not adhere well to the epoxy top coat, in other words, you will not get a chemical bond) and then start coating with your favorite colors using epoxy.
Finally, I recommend a 2 part epoxy clear coat or a one part marine urethane (use 2 coats if using marine urethane).
There is one thing - Remember enamels and epoxies dont mix. You cannot apply an epoxy
over an enamel, you will not get any adhesion and will start peeling and cracking like you won't believe. And you also cannot absolutely apply an enamel over epoxy unless
you use a water based epoxy followed by a water based paint. Remember that enamels are
part of the Alkyd family and epoxies are part of amines family. They basically hate each others guts bottom line.
By the way, here something intresting, if you are worried about razor lips blues, there is a solution for this as well. You see epoxies come in different flavors. You guys may want to invest in a ceramic 100% solids epoxy which is extremely abrasion resistant. I know this comes in white and gray and other colors can be manufactured as well. These things are used for condensor
tubes, inside the pipes that carry sludge and hoppers in mines. It is a specialized epoxy and it is expensive, but no way in the world will a blue be able to bite into it.
I hope this helps.
[This message has been edited by Montauk Pete (edited 07-05-2000).]