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I'm using createx paint for my airbrush but I'm trying to get a metalic shine like chrome. Also where can I get chartreuse but createx doesn't carry it but id like to be able to heat cure the paint

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You can give a metallic sheen to paint by overshooting it with Pearl Chrome from Smith Wildlife Colors (see taxidermy.net).  If you want a true chrome finish, that's much harder to get in any airbrush paint and the ones available tend to be very expensive.  Most bait makers opt to go with a silver metallic tape to create a chrome effect.  You can texture it to resemble scales.  One of the best tapes is Venture Brite-Bak tape, available from stained glass art suppliers.  True chartreuse is a combination of yellow and ?blue? paint and it's really pretty ugly.  Createx used to carry it but dropped it some time back.  Most crankbait painters prefer to use Createx Neon Yellow.  Createx actually heat cures at 325F, which you hopefully will never try to reach on a crankbait.  That temp will explode a plastic bait and will cause a wood bait to outgas air hard enough to bubble most finishes.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't use a hair dryer to dry every paint shot you put on a crankbait.  That helps speed the painting process along and makes sure the paint on the lure is dry before you apply any topcoat

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Createx sells a flourescent yellow that comes out as chartreuse. You can always take the base flourescent and do some custom mixing. The pearl will give you a sheen but if you want chrome the tape is a good choice. Also, there's nothing wrong with some chrome spray paint, works just as well. I use a heat gun to cure when I'm painting a lure but I'm really careful about it. I've had a few nice paint jobs bubble up from just a little too much heat even with a blow dryer.

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