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I am trying to used tuffleye but no matter how long you hold the light to it, it stays sticky, I have tried setting it with rubbing alcohol, doesn't work. Any advice, Thank you. Just frustrated

 

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Don't know is this helps?

 

Although Tuffleye products will cure with either Visible Blue or UV light we do not advise using UV light for fly tying. Tuffleye stands alone as the only safe Visible Blue light cured acrylic for fly tying. Tuffleye acrylics are not classified as UV cured resins.
 

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7 hours ago, hardtail said:

I am trying to used tuffleye but no matter how long you hold the light to it, it stays sticky, I have tried setting it with rubbing alcohol, doesn't work. Any advice, Thank you. Just frustrated

 

 

Nature of the beast.... alcohol takes most of it away but it still will have a slight tack to it and the alcohol makes it's finish dull in appearance.       That's the reason they sell this stuff, which if you smell it and apply it you would swear it's Sally Hanson's "Hard as Nails".

 

I still have some Tuffleye product left over but bought the Solarez system at the Edison FF show as it's virtually tack free when cured.    I wear UV glasses when using and put a glove on my hand during the cure.   Quick and easy.

 

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Are you using the wall power adapter or batteries?  If the latter I suggest changing out for newer batteries.  If they are fully charged, I suggest you got a bad batch of tuffleye or are not using a tuffleye brand light.  It has been my experience that other product lights (Loon UV light for example) will not fully cure Tuffleye product.  It's been a while since I used Tuffleye but I still use light cured acrylics regularly.

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I have tuffleye and to be honest, I’m over it. The UV cure is super convenient, but I can’t deal with the tackiness any more. For the cost, I just can’t justify wasting time rubbing with an alcohol soaked swab or finishing with 2-3 topcoats. I don’t tie many flies that require epoxy, but I’m looking into something new for this season. Heard lots of good stuff about Solarez. 

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I'm with Seadogg.  When my CCG runs out I'm going to give Solarez a shot. You can get it in larger quantities and it's cheaper than it's competitors.

 

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46 mins ago, Seadogg said:

I have tuffleye and to be honest, I’m over it. The UV cure is super convenient, but I can’t deal with the tackiness any more. For the cost, I just can’t justify wasting time rubbing with an alcohol soaked swab or finishing with 2-3 topcoats. I don’t tie many flies that require epoxy, but I’m looking into something new for this season. Heard lots of good stuff about Solarez. 

With you Dogg,  

 

Have a little Tuffleye left and that's the end once its gone, bought some Solarez at the Edison show and did a test sample and much better and no need to topcoat.  Cheaper per volume quantity also.   A plus plus in my book. 

 

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i had a batch from Tuffleye that didn't cure well, then I stopped using the batteries and just plugged into the wall, what a difference. Cured in half the time it seams. It is truly 10-15 seconds for me now. I also apply the tope coat right after curing so I don't have to rub with alcohol at all. Dries tack free and super clear. 

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Well the reason is that everyone used Tuffleye because it was revolutionary. ... period. Nothing around was like it ... safe for home use (easy on the eyes). The issues of alcohol wiping and hard as nails application was minor compared to "old school" epoxy. Which itself was revolutionary ... period.

 

So there is more convenient stuff now YAY. But that doesn't mean the other stuff is useless ... they just take a step or two more in the fly building process. 

 

Quite frankly ... anything that Bob Popovic did or endorsed is worth doing yourself.

 

Just sayin'

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On 5/5/2019 at 5:09 PM, KironaFly said:

Well the reason is that everyone used Tuffleye because it was revolutionary. ... period. Nothing around was like it ... safe for home use (easy on the eyes). The issues of alcohol wiping and hard as nails application was minor compared to "old school" epoxy. Which itself was revolutionary ... period.

 

So there is more convenient stuff now YAY. But that doesn't mean the other stuff is useless ... they just take a step or two more in the fly building process. 

 

Quite frankly ... anything that Bob Popovic did or endorsed is worth doing yourself.

 

Just sayin'

Thanks for sharing the blunt truth! I tie a shrimp for the Gulf Coast with these types of resins and knew the Dr. that was trying to promote it. Interesting times.....Best Wishes, Bob

 

Edited by Bob Logan

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On 2/13/2019 at 9:26 PM, Seadogg said:

I have tuffleye and to be honest, I’m over it. The UV cure is super convenient, but I can’t deal with the tackiness any more. For the cost, I just can’t justify wasting time rubbing with an alcohol soaked swab or finishing with 2-3 topcoats. I don’t tie many flies that require epoxy, but I’m looking into something new for this season. Heard lots of good stuff about Solarez. 

It will be dry initially but it eventually becomes tacky again.It also has a strong smell when you have more than a few in the box.

I'll give you my solarez if you want it.I'm done w/ uv crap.

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Yea I’ve noticed the same thing with the increasing tackiness in the box. Once the flies get that way, fibers from other flies stick to it. Lots of pros, but too many cons for me to consider it any longer, especially with the price tag. 

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There are a LOT of flies one can tie to catch fish / Stripers. Some of the simplest flies to tie are often the most effective (like the "Ray's Fly". But once I saw epoxy tied flies ... and then routinely caught fish on epoxy tied flies ... well I'm not going back. I use all the fly tying tools available to me and my imagination.

 

I combine design innovations with new materials and techniques of tying. Since I've been SO successful with Surf Candies I expect I'll be using resins for a long (hopefully) time to come.

 

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