MB Floats was first founded as a mail order, Brochure based supplier of Hand Turned Specials way back in 1993.
MB Canal Specials website, was also one of the front runners in the early days of online ordering 1998 and is still online today at www.mbcanalspecials.co.uk mainly for the hardcore canal match anglers. All balsa patterns there were 100% hand turned by myself. With many now available here as well.
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As I have many different finish’s, I shell simply explain by using mainly two examples below. One for my assembled cnc Profiled, Foam Carp/Silver patterns and one for my Hand Turned Special canal patterns.
All my finishing products are acrylic based with the exception of the sanding sealer I use for some of my balsa patterns.
With over 90 per cent of my canal patterns having fibre, carbon or cane tips, they are all generally all finished exactly the same. All the above patterns are brushed with Sanding seal and left for at least 90 minutes, they are then sanded down by hand on a open chuck, to take away any furring that can occur with soft balsa.
The stain is then applied in one very thinned down coat. This stain needs to be left for at least 12 hours but no more then 24 hours, otherwise the clear top finish which is also thinned considerably does not cross link (the stain and clear become one strong finish) with each other. These two products also work the same in reverse, i.e. in the case of my matt black finish, the clear goes on first I leave 12 hours then apply the matt black. This gives a more then suitable finish for a canal pattern when using elastics from grade 1 to 8. Without over finishing and upsetting the balance of the float.
The floats are then put on my dipping trays for the tips fluorescent. Which all are dipped matt brilliant white first (I now use my acrylic foam sealer which never cracks out or blisters) The floats are left on trays for a further 90 minutes before re-dipping the red or yellow fluorescent. I generally leave over night and glue eye’s the following day.
My plastic and hollow tip canal patterns are finished the same, by hand (brush) but in most cases unless asked the bristles are not dipped.
The difference here is I dip all closed cell foam patterns with my special white Acrylic foam sealer. This coating not only gives a good finish to my assembled foam Pole Floats floats, it also makes them rock hard! I would go as far as to say they could be the toughest bodies on the market without putting 10 coats of varnish on! The bodies are then finished as my canal patterns that are stained and then a clear top coat. However my matt black patterns on foam now have an extra coat of matt and no clear.
So there we are super strong finish for bagging and only three thin coats. Anglers forget, a fishing float, When shotted up, should be able to sit in the water and give neutral resistance to water when you get an indication from fish. The more finish you apply the less balanced a float becomes.
This is why I never use hard as nails or similar, bare this in mind! one coat of hard as nails is the equivalent of four coats of varnish. Put two coats on and you no longer have a fishing float “you now have a lump of plastic bobbing about in the water” It may be strong but for being well balance for reading all indications I think “PANTS”.