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Most exterior paints by companies such as Krylon not only are tough but also dry in a matter of minutes. Any discount or hardware store will also have a wide variety of very bright colors in shades of orange, yellow and red.

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First the bad news, you are about to embark on a serious addiction.

Water based paints like Createx are probably the most used, easy clean up and no fumes so no need for an exhaust system. Some craft store paints may also be used but will require thinning. Prepare your surface buy sanding with a fine pad or wet-dry sandpaper, wash with soap and water, dry and your ready to shoot.

Most custom baits are top-coated with epoxy using a drying wheel to smoot out the finish. PM me if you have any questions. Good luck.

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If you have an exhaust system lacquer or vinyl is great paint. Lacquer dries about as fast as you spray it which makes it easier to spray a complicated pattern, opposed to water based paints where you have to wait for one coat to dry before masking for a pattern or scale. Water based paints can be blended wet a little easier and do not require any expensive solvent for thining or cleaning. All will work for baits, plastic or wood. With a good epoxy top-coat all will look great.

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whittler, I went ahead & purchased a couple of Createx yesterday. They're pearl colors & I wonder if I have to thin it or it can be done just straight out of the bottle?

Last question but not the least, what kind or sandpaper # is recommended to remove the old paint & etc...? I've seen some people painted different colors over or sanded orginial colors on their Rapala & any other brand name. Did they sand the orginial off or painted over it?

Thanks again, BB

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If the paint is marked (air brush or auto air) you  will not have to thin it, but some colors simply spray better thinned slightly.  If the paint is the craft acrylic you will have to thin it, both will work, you will want it about like milk. Practice with the brush and experiment with different pressures and se what you are comfortable with.

I use a very fine sandpaper 600 wet/dry to wet sand a plastic bait, in most cases it is not necessary to remove all the paint to the bare plastic, just smooth it up and give the surface a little tooth ot hold the paint.

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you will find some cretex paints shoot better if they are not thinned others need to be thinned. there auto air paints i have never had to thin when i myself repaint a plastic lure i take a brillow pad and just wet sand the bait then blow dry it for a few minutes then i shoot the lure with a white paint i shoot 4 are 5 thin coats blow drying each coat for a minute are two. every one that does it forshure has there own way tho you should check out tackleunderground.com tho they have some guys over there that do it for a living and do some awsome awsome work.  ps whittler your bait looks awsome

tight line

 Jack

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Thanks a bunch whiiter. That helps alot. I suppose I just let it hang dry instead of tryng Tim Hughes method by using bicycle wheel that rotates by some kind of motor. One more thing, what kind of epoxy for top coat do you recommend? I've read somewhere that Flex or something other does "yellow" ( I get the picture that its become yellow instead of clear?) but most suggested to go with Devon or something? I'll be out of your hair after this lol. Thanks for your help everyone.

BB

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i use the devcon 2 ton epoxy 30 minute (never had a problem with yellowing ) also i do 1 bait at a time and i cut the finger out of a rubber glove and use that to spread my epoxy on my lures and then hand turn it for about 5 minutes then hang it to dry

i try to spread it on as thin as i can then i repeat it agine in about 2 hours......................

Jack

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BassBandit

I do use a drying wheel to rotate the baits while curing. The wheels are easy to build and give you a great finish.

I use Envirotex on most of my baits but if I'm only making one or two for testing I use Devcon 2ton.

Both will give a great finish, just like the extra curing time if doing a couple dozen at a time with the E-tex.

Post some pictures,lets see your work. You too Bassinjack  (bait making is a terrible addiction)

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