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Is this the best type of paint to use for painting jigheads?


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With the colder weather now here to stay I will be on the water slightly less, and to continue my hobby plan to customize some of my tackle.

 

I know there are mixed feelings about how much of a difference matching jig heads to plastics makes, but for me more than half of the enjoyment of buying and using lures is for the fisherman and not for the fish.  To add to that, anything that gives you more confidence in your presentation will make you more productive.

 

I have heard powder paint is the best choice for painting jigs, is this true? If so, is this exactly what I want? Thanks! 
 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B08G65KP7B/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1

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Nope.  That is for epoxy.  You can get powder paint in lots of places.  The site censor won’t allow names so just google powder paint.  
 

Any most heat source will get a jig hot enough to dip in the powder and coat it.  However, it needs to be baked on to be hard.  An old toaster oven is good.  I have been using mine for 20 years and paid $2 for it in a garage sale.  It has cured thousands of jig heads.

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2 hours ago, Jig Man said:

Nope.  That is for epoxy.  You can get powder paint in lots of places.  The site censor won’t allow names so just google powder paint.  
 

Any most heat source will get a jig hot enough to dip in the powder and coat it.  However, it needs to be baked on to be hard.  An old toaster oven is good.  I have been using mine for 20 years and paid $2 for it in a garage sale.  It has cured thousands of jig heads.

I did search for powder paint on Amazon and that came up, are there any other specifics that I need to key in?

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On 11/13/2022 at 9:58 AM, Jig Man said:

Nope.  That is for epoxy.  You can get powder paint in lots of places.  The site censor won’t allow names so just google powder paint.  
 

Any most heat source will get a jig hot enough to dip in the powder and coat it.  However, it needs to be baked on to be hard.  An old toaster oven is good.  I have been using mine for 20 years and paid $2 for it in a garage sale.  It has cured thousands of jig heads.

Is there any harm in using my existing toaster oven or do I risk it leaching into my bagels? Lol.

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I am not fussy when it comes to painting jig heads. I just buy the style jig head I want, than tie a line between 2 post & hang the jig heads on the line.  I buy 4 colors of nail polish Black, Green,Red, & Amber or Brown When dry I put the skirt on the jig head & wire tie it. I can fish year round & the only ice I see in the lake is when I dump the cubes from the sweet tea mug. I do catch Bass on these jigs. I am not knocking Y'all for doing things like this since you can't fish. In 1969 my Uncle Sam transferred me to the U.S.S. Thornback S.S. 418 homeported in Charleston S.C. & guess what is close by, Santee Cooper ☺️. nuff said

tight lines.

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Site member (Tom) introduced me to Testors enamel paint for jig heads in small bottles found in crafy and hobby stores . They have a few whites ,  blacks , reds , oranges , browns , blues , etc. One of my favorites is a color called "Rubber" which is a purple brown mix that looks natural .

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On 11/20/2022 at 12:43 PM, Ohioguy25 said:

Is there any harm in using my existing toaster oven or do I risk it leaching into my bagels? Lol.

Do not use your existing toaster oven.  The one that I use cost me $2 in a garage sale.  I’ve done thousands of jigs in it.  Look for one in a flea market or pawn shop.

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On 12/12/2022 at 7:43 AM, Jig Man said:

Do not use your existing toaster oven.  The one that I use cost me $2 in a garage sale.  I’ve done thousands of jigs in it.  Look for one in a flea market or pawn shop.

 

Paid $12 for mine at Ollie's.

 

Allen

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On 12/11/2022 at 11:50 PM, ChrisD46 said:

Site member (Tom) introduced me to Testors enamel paint for jig heads in small bottles found in crafy and hobby stores . They have a few whites ,  blacks , reds , oranges , browns , blues , etc. One of my favorites is a color called "Rubber" which is a purple brown mix that looks natural .

And this stuff works better than powder paint for you?

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Don't use anything you'll use for food with this stuff.  Lots of pigments use toxic chemicals which you don't want to ingest.  There are a lot of heavy metals in the pigment world that won't harm you if it gets on your skin, but will if it enters your bloodstream.  Maybe Van Gogh ate cadmium yellow paint because he was crazy.  Maybe Van Gogh was crazy because he ate cadmium yellow paint.  Either way, don't eat your paint.  

 

As for the enamel paints like Testors, they don't last as long as powder coating, but they last a lot longer than most other paints.  With a clear coat, they'll last even longer still.  So while it's not as durable as a power coat, it is a whole lot easier to use, as it just takes about 72 hours to fully cure.  No baking necessary.  And it can be easily touched up as it wears.  Even powder coats will chip off over time.  

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