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Offline pete/ny

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Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« on: Nov 21, 2019, 04:03 PM »
I just got somw-e tungsten jigs and all the eyes are completely closed shut with paint or epoxy.I won't mention the name but rest assured I will not buy these again.So now that I got them what is the easiest way to clean these eyes out? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 21, 2019, 04:12 PM »
Jig eye buster tool works great for doing them.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #2 on: Nov 21, 2019, 04:21 PM »
I use a candle and a sewing needle.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #3 on: Nov 21, 2019, 05:25 PM »
I use a candle and a sewing needle.

Good idea 
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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #4 on: Nov 21, 2019, 06:49 PM »
I use a dental pick.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #5 on: Nov 21, 2019, 07:10 PM »
The "regular" eye buster I use for open water fishing is too big for my small ice jigs. Cabellas apparently has one for ice jigs but I just use the hook on one of my larger jigs to clear my ice jigs. Likely ruins the larger jig but does the job.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #6 on: Nov 21, 2019, 08:40 PM »
I believe my eye buster is a eagle claw and works great on small jigs.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #7 on: Nov 21, 2019, 09:19 PM »
Thanks everyone for the tips.One of them should work.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #8 on: Nov 22, 2019, 07:48 AM »
I heat up a needle or a paperclip and push it through.
Like you I don't buy jigs with paint in the eye anymore. But I suppose when ordering online you never know what your gonna get.
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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #9 on: Nov 22, 2019, 07:56 AM »
Heat up a bodkin from my fly tying desk. I try and inspect my jigs when I get them so I can address this before they go into my jig boxes.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #10 on: Nov 24, 2019, 06:21 AM »
I also use nail clippers. Pinch them around the base of the eye and give a few spins. Then I take a safety pin and poke it through the hole. Usually the paint comes off but takes a little "picking" once in a while.
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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #11 on: Dec 04, 2019, 04:07 PM »
When I have gotten jigs with painted eyes, I've sent them back.  There's no excuse why they should ever send them out that way.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #12 on: Dec 04, 2019, 04:15 PM »
I dont buy jigs with paint in the eyes either.i make and sell my own steelhead jigs and make sure all eyes are clear of the powder paint.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #13 on: Dec 31, 2019, 01:09 AM »
After breaking off with nail clippers I have  had the rest of the paint break off of tungsten jigs piece by piece.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #14 on: Jan 01, 2020, 04:36 PM »
If they are epoxy painted or powder coated, good luck. Paint has to be taken out of the eyes before you cure them or it will all chip at once.

If they are acrylic paint, I use an exacto knife to clean the eyes after painting and clear coating. It's a pain in the butt but it works. Kind of slice off both sides of the eye, then poke the tip though the eye to get the middle out.
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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #15 on: Jan 01, 2020, 05:33 PM »
I also won’t buy them no matter what the price with paint in the “eye”!!

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #16 on: Jan 06, 2020, 12:50 PM »
If I find paint in the eye of an ice jig I pick it out with the hook of a large jig that I no longer use.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #17 on: Jan 11, 2020, 03:15 PM »
I just got some from Big Sky Jigs and Flies. Eyes full of paint and 3 of the eyes opened while trying to clean them.......never again. Terrible quality control.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #18 on: Jan 12, 2020, 09:39 AM »
Dental pick

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #19 on: Jan 16, 2020, 09:54 AM »
I use an old salt hook.

Put hook point through eye and spin the jig and hook opposite directions. Usually gets out all the paint

No need for fancy stuff.
I don't care how tough you are. If your 3 yr old daughter tells you to blow on her Dora Macaroni and Cheese to cool it down, you do it.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #20 on: Jan 16, 2020, 02:24 PM »
I use an old salt hook.

Put hook point through eye and spin the jig and hook opposite directions. Usually gets out all the paint

No need for fancy stuff.

A saltwater hook in a tiny tungsten jig eye?  :o
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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #21 on: Jan 22, 2020, 08:52 AM »
A saltwater hook in a tiny tungsten jig eye?  :o

Yup. I just use the tip of the bigger salt hook to clean out the eyelet.

I dont see the need to buy a specific tool to clean out jig eyes.

Its pointy, fits in the eyelet, cleans it out pretty well.

Ive never had an issue using it
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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #22 on: Feb 07, 2020, 12:02 PM »
I just use an old worm hook or whatever. Always some hooks laying around. Take a look at Acme Professional Grade jigs. Great colors, no paint in the eyes and good price for pack of 2.
Don't fall in. Unless it's a big one.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #23 on: Feb 07, 2020, 09:33 PM »
Yup. I just use the tip of the bigger salt hook to clean out the eyelet.

I dont see the need to buy a specific tool to clean out jig eyes.

Its pointy, fits in the eyelet, cleans it out pretty well.

Ive never had an issue using it
I tried this last month while making some jigs.
And I was honestly surprised at how poorly the saltwater hook worked.
I believe it was a 6/0 or 8/0 Eagle Claw hook.
Switched to a 4/o or 5/0 freshwater hook and it was much better.
This was removing uncured paint before going into the oven to cure.
The Eagle Claw saltwater hook had less taper to the point than the Eagle Claw freshwater hook.
Granted the way I powder paint these there's seldom one that needs cleaning but the 1/48. Oz and similar sizes do occasionally get some paint in there as they're just so small and harder to work with.
But if the saltwater hook works for you then keep using it.
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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #24 on: Mar 15, 2020, 10:54 AM »
I use a hook to break it out.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #25 on: Mar 15, 2020, 03:59 PM »
I just got some from Big Sky Jigs and Flies. Eyes full of paint and 3 of the eyes opened while trying to clean them.......never again. Terrible quality control.

 that's disappointing.  i've ordered from them 3 times and been very impressed with quality and value.

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Re: Cleaning tiny Tungsten eyes?
« Reply #26 on: Sep 21, 2020, 11:34 AM »
I have a small jig head i use for cleaning them out.  But i'm now to apoint where i'll gladly pay and extra buck a jig to get it with a clean eye. 

 



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