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Trap dying question

I'm new to trapping so I bought a few traps. I boiled them and let them hang out for two weeks. They had a fair amount of rust so I figured I'd dye them (logwood dye). I had them in not quite boiling water for a little over an hour. I pulled them out and they weren't that dark. My question is, will they get darker as they dry or do you think they didn't have enough rust?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-01-2014, 06:49 PM
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Re: Trap dying question

Most likely not rusted enough....


Spray/wet them with vinegar....let em sit a day or 2...respray if you want...they'll take on a real nice surface rust quickly....


Due will only take to the rust...it won't take to bare metal


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Re: Trap dying question

It doesn't matter how dark they are. Wax them and use them. Next yr when you dye them they will get dark
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Re: Trap dying question

What do you plan using the traps for? Land traps get buried anyhow. no real need to dye but they do need waxed. If you are water trapping, just spray paint them with a flat black rust proof paint.

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You don't need to dye them. Just put them in the dishwasher or kettle and get the stinky oil off them. You can dye them after the season is over if you want.

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Like Charman03 said. they never get as good the first time. Just wax them and you will be fine.The following years the will be good.
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Re: Trap dying question

Thanks for the replys. I will use them the way they are and not get too hung up on the dye.
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