Dying new Traps
this will be my first year trapping and I've got to dye my traps, made a walnut dye last weekend, question is do my traps have to be rusted to hold the dye?, i've got several brand new duke traps, they've been in water for a week and don't seem to be rusting at all,
what do i need to do to get these traps ready?
take em out of the water, they need exposure to oxygen too.
new traps have an oil on them to prevent rusting. one thing you will need to do is clean them first, the easiest way to clean them is to boil the traps outside. after the oil comes off add water to over fill the container so that the oil on top of the water is washed over the side. simply pulling the traps out of the water while the oil is on top can cause oil to be placed back on the trap.
you want a light coat of rust, if you have heavy rusting you will have to get a wire wheel and clean them off first and then boil them
Send your wife out for a few hours, and run them thru the dishwasher!
Once you get the oil off, as previous poster stated, you can lightly mist with vinegar to speed up light rusting.
Some guys take new traps to the car wash and pressure wash them to get the factory machine oil off of them. Some guys run them through the dishwasher (tie up the chains if you do this so they don't dangle and tear up the arms in your dishwasher). Some boil new traps and then flood the container so the oil floats off before they pull the traps out. You have several techniques to choose from. Once the oil is off of them you can just lay them out in the yard and let them rust on their own or you can dip them into some white vinegar solution (I run mine at 50:50 with water), let them soak and pretty soon you'll see them start to turn yellow with rust. I just pull them out then and let them continue to rust for a day. Then I spray them off with the garden hose to get the vinegar off and put them in the dye bucket.
Thanks I did the hot water at the beginning but didn't flood the container, they just took longer to start rusting than i thought they would, thanks for all the tips