American soft vinyl producers?

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  1. The Moog

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    Yeah, i made a similar joke when he first posted photos of the exterior. Then his mate made a comment about them being ready for 'Making Bacon' and i made another crack about them filming skin-flicks in there.
     
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    (Tried to paste in the precise moment here, can't seem to do :?... jump to :30...)
     
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    There are tons of manufacturers that sell plastisol in the US. There is a big fishing lure making community and they all make molds and make lures with it. Rather than the whole heated chemical bath, They just microwave the plastisol to get it up to curing temp. I’m no chemist but there are a bunch of additives including hardener that I’m sure can get the plastisol feeling close to sofubi. Look up some lure making videos and the whole idea of making vinyl in the us, or even your garage might seem a little less crazy.
     
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    ^^^ This!

    Dude has enthusiasm and drive for sure, but even if the factory gets up and running, can he/they source reliable, cost-effective guys that can sculpt, work wax, manufacturer the molds, make the masks, paint and pull vinyl on par with the Japanese sofubi factories . . . Is there REALLY enough business in the US to make it a profitable venture?

    And even if there is - would the cost be that much lower than Japanese manufacturers to offset losing the kudos and credibility of products being 'Made in Japan'.

    I get the 'American Made' deal for historically American products, but, like Scotch Whisky, Cuban Cigars or Belgian Chocolate . . . who's gonna pay top dollar for Wannabe Scotch Whisky, Bootleg Cuban Cigars or Belgian Chocolate Lite (oh to be a fly on the wall at Zheng's factory!).

    It'll be cool seeing where it goes but I'm happier being a spectator rather than an investor.
     
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    That's exactly how Hirota started out . . . how times have changed! :(
     
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    Someone needs to start a vinyl fishing lure thread.
     
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    I hear fishing lure paints work on vinyl toys, but I haven't tried it myself.
     
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    It does but it’s not great. It needs a ton of thinner, it sprays on very opaque, more like a clear so it needs tons of coats, and the paints dry out and become unusable quickly. But the thinner and clear coat is great for v color or mad ninja ape.
     
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