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dabluz 01-17-2013 10:32 PM

UV glue for fly tying
I have been looking at some fly tying videos and ran into one where the fly tyer was using UV glue to hold the 3-D eyes on a streamer.

From what I saw on the internet, this stuff is expensive. Is it really worth it?

williamhj 01-17-2013 10:40 PM

Re: UV glue for fly tying
I recently got clear cure goo and like it. The bottles run about $15, it's the light that is pricey. On the advice of someone on here I got a UV light for cheap on ebay and find it works great! I'm not sure if it'll hold up as long as the one clear cure goo sells but it's giving me a chance to try the stuff out with a bit less cash spent, which is nice. If I end up liking it and the light seems to wear out quickly, I might spring for the pricey one.

jaybo41 01-18-2013 10:18 AM

Re: UV glue for fly tying
There are some UV resins that are more expensive than other, but some are quite affordable. For now, I'm pretty happy with Bug Bond despite the higher price. It works good compared to the other stuff I've tried. I like the applicator and the container it comes in. There have been discussions not long ago in the General Tying Forum that might be of interest to you.

In one of those threads there is mention of Solarez which seemed to be pretty affordable and might be something I try in the near future based on the price.

UV Cure Head Cement-Hook & Hackle

silver creek 01-18-2013 11:21 AM

Re: UV glue for fly tying
The problem with Solarez is the long recommended cure time. They suggest an initial cure of 30 seconds to set the resin and 3 minutes for a complete cure. 3 minutes is way too long and having to put the flies in the sun is an inconvenience.

30 seconds should be long enough to cure a tying resin completely tack free with the flashlight alone.

Thick Formula Solarez

All Solarez tying resins contain the following instructions:

"Apply all UV curable products in full shade or indoors, flash withSolarez UV Flashlight for 30 secs, continue working on fly. To completely cure resin, expose to sunlight or use flashlight for about 3 minutes."

jaybo41 01-18-2013 11:50 AM

Re: UV glue for fly tying
Well that clears that up, thanks for you post Silver--always informative. Guess I'll be sticking to BugBond or one of the CCG options. 3 minutes to cure is just absurd.

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