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 Post subject: Waxing
PostPosted: 18 Apr 2007, 21:36 
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I just need to put my foot down and ask something real quick, i kind of want to wax some already logged dyed coils for fox this year, but i dont know if I buy a bunch of wax blocks and melt it or if i mix something in it to thin it out, so do i just put a few blocks in a bowl and let it melt to a liquid to get a bowl of melted pure wax with no other mixtures or do I add another thing into the wax to thin it out or something?

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PostPosted: 18 Apr 2007, 21:39 
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Straight wax.....you'll initially be spending a few extra bucks to fill a bucket, but will only have to add to it alittle now & then, be sure not to overheat & scortch the wax or it'll smell.

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the way my father taught me to do it is to boil your pot of dye water and wax at the same time. your wax will form a layer at the top above the water (due to density) let your traps dye for about an hour or so and then SLOWLY pull them out of the pot to get a thin layer of melted wax.

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well. wax and water dont mix and could be a deaster waiting to happen. could end up being a fire hazard as well. its just that much easier to melt a bunch of pure wax in a pot have dip away.and when you are done cool it off and store.


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I used to put the wax on top of the dye , like you said. I found that the trap is not dry under the wax and it will ryst some, also the wax doesn't stay on the trap very well. Dye and then wax after the traps are completely dry and leave the trap in the wax until it has warmed up to the wax temperature. You will know when it is warm enough, the wax will look white on the trap. When it gets warm enough the trap will just look wet.

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Thanks, and do most of you wax traps for fox, coyote, and all them tough critters to catch, cause im going to make some dirt holes next year and wanted to know if wax would help it trigger when i bury it.


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How long are you supposed to put your traps in when you are dying them? We just put them in there for about 5 minutes and take them out. I noticed that they don't look like the pictures of some I have seen. The ones I have seen are pure black and they are dark but mine are weird looking. Am I not putting them in long enough?


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http://www.wild-about-trapping.com/tips ... waxing.htm


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I leave them in the dye and check them until they are the color that i want. It depends on the dye you are using. I use tag alder bark sometimes. It makes a black dye and doesn't take too much back.

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Ish wrote:
Thanks, and do most of you wax traps for fox, coyote, and all them tough critters to catch, cause im going to make some dirt holes next year and wanted to know if wax would help it trigger when i bury it.


I only dye/wax landtraps. Wax will act as a lubricant & speed your trap-up compared to dip. That's why you need to set pan tension after your traps are treated, it will change tension.

Before setting the trap, I'll hook the dog in the pan notch & drag it back & forth a couple times to remove some excess wax.

As far as time in the dye....45 minutes probably on average.

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