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Re: Water Trap Prep [Re: ~ADC~] #7378620
10/13/21 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by ~ADC~
Originally Posted by trapdog1
Painting will work fine! No need to wax water traps.


As dumb as he is, he got this one right. laugh


I'll disagree on that 100%.

I'll not set a rat or mink trap that's not waxed. Most have no idea how important wax is on the small water animals...and really no sense in trying to convince anyone but the initial poster asked....soooo.

As far as paint, most painted traps stick out like a sore thumb. What does blend in really well is a trap with a light rust color to it.


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Re: Water Trap Prep [Re: Calvin] #7380133
10/15/21 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Calvin

What does blend in really well is a trap with a light rust color to it.


Seems true. Unless the rust ends up getting bad enough to wear it hinders the integrity of key components of the trap I suppose

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Re: Water Trap Prep [Re: AJE] #7380172
10/16/21 03:37 AM
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Originally Posted by AJE
Originally Posted by backroadsarcher
I would spray paint or even dipping them in some type of trap dip would be fine for the water.

I too am preparing some water traps (conibears). The only difference is I used 'em last year but didn't do any prep to 'em prior to using them. That got rid of the oil & they turned rusty brown. I'm debating about painting or dipping them, but they have that sort of powdery rust residue on 'em (if I pick 1 up, my hand has sort of a powdery rust look). I assume I should remove that powdery feel before coating the traps, so the coating sticks, but how best should a person go about removing that substance? Thanks

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Re: Water Trap Prep [Re: ~ADC~] #7380223
10/16/21 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by ~ADC~
Originally Posted by trapdog1
Painting will work fine! No need to wax water traps.


As dumb as he is, he got this one right. laugh

Even a blind hog finds an acorn once in awhile! grin

Re: Water Trap Prep [Re: AJE] #7380228
10/16/21 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by AJE
Originally Posted by Calvin

What does blend in really well is a trap with a light rust color to it.


Seems true. Unless the rust ends up getting bad enough to wear it hinders the integrity of key components of the trap I suppose

I've never worried about water traps blending in. I guess if you were worried about theft it could make a difference.

Re: Water Trap Prep [Re: BigRed55] #7380242
10/16/21 07:10 AM
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If I painted traps, I'd still wax them. Like I said, I boil in dye and wax, sometimes just wax but I don't boil in the dye to get a color on them, it to remove any rust that may have started.

I agree that waxed traps work better.

Re: Water Trap Prep [Re: BigRed55] #7380319
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Truth of the matter is no matter what you use, it's coming off with the first coon you catch!

Re: Water Trap Prep [Re: BigRed55] #7380429
10/16/21 12:31 PM
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This trap is from Fur Shed Fabrication (I don't know if that business is still operating, as Josh was trying to sell it). I used it last yr without pretreating it. The rust on it from last year was unbelievable. I just pulled it from vinegar (my 1st time ever using vinegar to clean a trap) & it's pristine. I don't know how long vinegar takes to evaporate, but I'm thinking I'll paint it before this season. This of course is a beaver trap, so scent isn't really an issue. I noticed something that shocked me: I just tried drying it with a paper towel & noticed the springs have a lot of factory oil on 'em. I thought the oil would naturally dissapear after what that trap has been through the past year. This #3 Bridger was loaded with rust, but maybe the springs weren't, I can't remember.
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Re: Water Trap Prep [Re: BigRed55] #7380509
10/16/21 03:16 PM
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I boil in maple bark or walnut hulls, then wax. conibears just dye. I do it like that cause that's how I was taught but lots of different ways work. just do what you like best.

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