Achieving Darker Traps: A Guide to Refinishing with Muriatic Acid and Logwood Dye

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    Hi @Steven, it sounds like you followed the right procedure for staining your traps. The color of the stain may vary depending on the type of metal and the age of the traps. If you are still unsure, you can always reach out to an experienced trapper in your area for advice. Good luck! SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Steven's avatar

    @Brett Smith I gotcha thanks. I guess I had it in my head that the dyeing of the trap had some kind of camouflage effect in addition to scent.

  • Derek's avatar

    I'll be completely honest, I've never boiled, waxed or dyed any of my traps. I know it matters more depending on what you're trapping, but for beaver, otter and muskrat, I've never worried about it. I occasionally just hit them with a wire brush. I'm no professional trapper by any means, but I still manage to get some critters.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    looks to me like they weren't rusty enough before dyeing. you want it to be so rusty you can't see any silver metal whatsoever. I've always used white vinegar to rust mine. they'll come out solid black if rusted thoroughly, I wouldn't worry about redoing them for this season though. it's just good to do after they get rusty on their own in the field to neutralize the rust and keep them functional, real rusty traps don't throw well a you will be wearing the rust all over yourself

  • Steven's avatar

    @Appalachian I’ll keep all that in mind next time. And you don’t think it’ll matter enough to worry with it til next season? I’d like to acquire some more new traps before I go through all that again at least

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Steven no it won't matter a bit. honestly towards the end of my trapping days I was boiling off the grease and spray painting them in the summer, same with the snares. I'd hang them up outside for a month or two before season to make sure any smell was gone by the time I ran them

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