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I've got some spinnerbaits that the blades, wires, and hooks on are good. Some of the skirts need replacing, but quite a few have paint chipped or almost completely missing from the spinnerbait head. I'm looking to sand them down and repaint before replacing skirts.

 

I've got some oil based Sharpie paint markers and some acrylic based Painters markers.

 

Which would be better?

 

Do I need to clear coat/epoxy over the paint afterwards?

 

Thanks!

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You do know that the fish really don't care, don't you? 😀  Most guys here have a lure that has little paint left on it but still continues to catch fish.

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It all depends on what you want to do. Do you really want to make a brand new spinnerbait? If so, I would take some paint stripper, apply it to the lead head, and once it's clean , paint the head with acrylic paint. Once dry, wire tie your new skirts and be done. 

 

If it was me and I wanted it to be perfect, I would go thru the whole process of stripping the paint and then powder coating the head. Then clearcoat

 

Clearcoat will add durability to the paint finish. Not really needed unless you slow roll your baits on the bottom of the lake.

 

All in all, the fish don't care. If you want to do it on the cheap, just wire tie a new skirt on it and go fishing. This is a spinnerbait, and you are looking for reaction bites. I don't think the fish can see the paint of the spinnerbait as it goes by.

 

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I wouldn't sand them down.  I put them in a solvent that would soften the paint, like acetone, then wipe it off with a paper towel.  When they were clean and dry, I'd powder paint them.

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Paint them with some fingernail polish.

 

Allen

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4 hours ago, Scott F said:

You do know that the fish really don't care, don't you? 😀  Most guys here have a lure that has little paint left on it but still continues to catch fish.

 

It is more to protect the weight than anything. They were all going to be either white if I went with the acrylic or black if I went with the oil base as those are the colors I have. I have some unpainted ones that are all gouged from bounced off bridges, rocks, and slow rolled on the bottom against who knows what.

 

Yeah, sanding would be a bad idea with lead weight spinnerbaits. 

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I have some bottom bouncing spinnerbaits that have lost weight from being dragged along the rocks. My favorite slow rolling spinnerbait weighs 3/32 less than a new one on my postal scale.

 

Allen

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17 minutes ago, Munkin said:

I have some bottom bouncing spinnerbaits that have lost weight from being dragged along the rocks. My favorite slow rolling spinnerbait weighs 3/32 less than a new one on my postal scale.

 

Allen

Yes, I have a couple I’ve retired because chunks of lead are missing and the weight is now off on them. I’ve got one that is just bare wire. Lol. Perhaps I’m too hard on my spinnerbaits. 😂

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What difference does it make if the weight of the bait has been reduced by the weight of the paint that was scraped off?

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