How To Wax Traps

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We get many calls about waxing traps and I have put together this article and video in hopes that it will answer any questions you might have. In this video we used two different methods of waxing traps. We used the Double Boiler Method System and the Traditional Method of using your existing logwood solution. Both methods work well it just depends and whichever you prefer. I personally prefer the double boiler method. I feel like it does a better job.

How To Wax Traps

Benefits of Waxing Traps: Waxing your traps will help keep the odor of the dye down to a minimal level so not to spook off any wary target animals, it will also help speed your trap up and it will operate much smoother. Waxing traps will help protect your traps when you are using any antifreeze or salt that would cause corrosion to the trap.

Choosing Trap Wax: When choosing a trap wax make sure that you get a trap wax that has no beeswax in it. The beeswax will cause the wax on your trap to harden and chip in cold conditions. I recommend the Petes Best Trap Wax that can be found in 1 lbs. and 5 lbs. bars. If you are using the Double Boiler Method then you will need 5-10 lbs. of wax. The traditional method you can use the 1 lbs. bar of wax.

Trap Dye: You will need to make sure you have dyed your traps. Instructions on Dyeing your traps can be found on our previous post with video. How To Dye Your Traps

1. Double Boiler Method: If you decide to use the double boiler method you will need a heat source ( I used a Fry Daddy Stand), 2 Pots ( 1 smaller than the other so it can fit inside with about 1-2 inch apart), small metal spacer (to put in the bottom of the 1st pot so the 2nd pot doesn’t sit directly on the bottom) and Wax.

The reason behind using two pots and boiling water is so that your wax does not heat up till the point of catching fire. Wax is very flammable and it has a low flash point. By heating the wax up with the boiling water you know that the wax will never reach its flash point and catch fire. Water Boils at 212 degrees. The flash point of wax can range from 250 to 400 degrees.

2. Before dipping traps in dye solution make sure you put a nail or stick in between the jaws to hold them open.

3. Once you have your wax at a liquid state then you can dip your trap in the wax. I would leave the trap in the wax for 2 minutes then take your trap out and hang it up to cool off.

1. Traditional Method Using Existing Logwood Solution You have your logwood solution already heated up so you can place a bar of wax in the solution and let it melt. At that point just dip your traps in the solution and pull your traps back through the wax that should be sitting on top of the water (wax floats on water even in liquid form)

2. Before dipping traps in dye solution make sure you put a nail or stick in between the jaws to hold them open.

3. Once you have your traps hung up and cooled off then you can place them in a container with leaves and your all done !

Logwood Trap Dye Powder

Logwood Trap Dye Liquid

Trap Wax

How To Dye Your Traps With Logwood Dye

Published by Administrator

We get many questions about how to dye your traps and have put together this article and video in hopes that it will answer any questions you might have. In this video we used two different methods of dyeing traps. We used the Cold Dye method and the Traditional Dye method using boiling water. Both methods work well it just depends and whichever you prefer. Here are the steps you will need to take to dye your traps:

How To Dye Traps

1. You will need to wash your traps with a degreaser of some type or lye to remove all the oil and grease that is on the trap out of the box. If you are using rusty traps then take a steel wire brush to them very lightly.

2. Take your traps outside and leave them exposed for a week or two to get a light coat of rust on them. If they are not rusting fast enough you can spray them with vinegar to speed up the process.

3. Before dipping traps in dye solution make sure you put a nail or stick in between the jaws to hold them open.

4. Cold Dye Method: Take your trap dye and mix with water in a bucket or container of some type. Put your traps in the container and leave for a few days. Once the desired color is obtained remove your traps and hang to dry. The benefit of this method is that you do not have to build a fire and watch it for an hour.

4. Traditional Method: Add your dye ( 1 Pack per 6 gallons of water) to your container. Bring your water to a rolling boil. Make sure you have a heat brick/stone on the bottom of the container so that the traps do not rest on the bottom. Let water temperature come down to a simmer and then put your traps in. Make sure you have a wire attached to make it easier to remove.  Allow traps to seat for 30 mins to 1 hour. I would check them until you get the desired color.

5. Once desired color is obtained simply remove your traps and hang them up to dry.

Note: Dying traps helps seal the trap so you do not have to deal with rust in the future. As with any piece of equipment if you want to keep it for an extended period of time and have it work properly then you do not need it to be rusty. Rust will slow your traps down and they will not last as long.

Next Video: How to Wax Your Traps.

Logwood Trap Dye Powder

Logwood Trap Dye Liquid

Trap Wax