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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-13-2019, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Do you use a wire brush on them Before boiling hern?
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lots of different methods , but good advice
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Do you wear an apron when treating traps?

Monday & Tuesday, I treated a dozen & half traps I missed/forgot this spring.
Tuesday I waxed. I had clean jeans on, so I put on my flesh'n apron for protection when shaking off excess wax.
Apron when waxing was a first for me. I think I'll use it for future waxing job.

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Never thought about wearing apron....would be helpful.
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That wax looks really clean!
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Looking good hern
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That wax looks really clean!
I hope so.
Same pot of wax for the past 25-30 years. Just keep adding to it each season. Stored with lid on in an out building.
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Lot of good info, keep it coming!
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I dyed a dozen new Duke #4s ( great Pa. beaver trap ) in walnuts this year. I gathered up a bunch last fall, put them in a plastic tote. They were black and flakey, ( nuts were in there too) put then in a feed sack and tossed them into the half of a 55 gallon drum I boil in. I let them simmer a while and then soak for a couple days. The traps came out jet black. Itís been 40 years since Iíd used walnuts, I think they worked better than the logwood dye thatís sold.

I did spray the traps with solvent when they came out of the box, then let them out to weather for a month to take a little rust.
I don,t like Duke Traps.I have to constantly work on em.My good ole Victors never needed work back in the day.
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I don't dye my traps. I know the guys used to say the dye helped keep the traps from rusting but since I've tried them both dyed and not I don't see any difference. What I do though is after I clean my traps I wax them. The wax both lubricates and helps with the rusting when I use antifreeze in the late season.I really don't bother what color my traps are. By the time an animal gets to see the trap it is on his foot. At that point I don't care if they like the color or not. What is your opinion? I've got some traps that are 40 years old and cause I take care of them they still work fine.
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