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I came across some info on another site and thought I'd try my hand at painting my drag star and cast control knob.  The instructions were not too difficult to follow and the results to me came out not too shabby for my first shot at painting on metal surfaces.  Here are a couple of pics of what I did

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Sweet!! Can you share with us the directions/instructions on painting. I want to repaint one of my reels.

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looks pretty good..does it peel or flake easily? or is it pretty solid?

That will be the test.  I have not used the reel since I've painted these parts.  From what I hear, after a clearing the parts, it is pretty durable.  Also if it does start to flake off, just put the parts in some carb cleaner/thinner let it soak for a while and you can redo it.  I like tinkering around with things, so taking the cast control and drag star off is not that big of a deal.

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The instructions are very very very simple.  Remove the parts you want colored, make sure that they are grease/oil/dirt free.  After they are cleaned, make sure they are dry.  For the metal parts you want to paint, I used DupliColors Adhesion Promoter and DupliColors Metal Cast spray paint.  Start with the adhesion promoter and use VERY VERY VERY light coats, 2 - 3 will get you in the right ball park (I learned from trial and error)  Allow a couple of minutes between each coat to let it flash a little.  After the adhesion promotor, chose the color of Metal Cast Spray you want, and again use very light coats to get the desired color you want.  After that hit it with some clear and your good to go.  On the drag star, I covered the threaded hole with some tape to ensure that I did not get any paint in the threads and for the cast control knob, I just made sure that I had it sitting to where no paint could get in the threads. 

This process is to me rated on a scale of difficulty 1 - 10.......as a 1.5......VERY VERY SIMPLE way to customize our reels

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I'd like to see a post on durability in 6 months.

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looks pretty good..does it peel or flake easily? or is it pretty solid?

That will be the test. I have not used the reel since I've painted these parts. From what I hear, after a clearing the parts, it is pretty durable. Also if it does start to flake off, just put the parts in some carb cleaner/thinner let it soak for a while and you can redo it. I like tinkering around with things, so taking the cast control and drag star off is not that big of a deal.

IslandBass

The instructions are very very very simple. Remove the parts you want colored, make sure that they are grease/oil/dirt free. After they are cleaned, make sure they are dry. For the metal parts you want to paint, I used DupliColors Adhesion Promoter and DupliColors Metal Cast spray paint. Start with the adhesion promoter and use VERY VERY VERY light coats, 2 - 3 will get you in the right ball park (I learned from trial and error) Allow a couple of minutes between each coat to let it flash a little. After the adhesion promotor, chose the color of Metal Cast Spray you want, and again use very light coats to get the desired color you want. After that hit it with some clear and your good to go. On the drag star, I covered the threaded hole with some tape to ensure that I did not get any paint in the threads and for the cast control knob, I just made sure that I had it sitting to where no paint could get in the threads.

This process is to me rated on a scale of difficulty 1 - 10.......as a 1.5......VERY VERY SIMPLE way to customize our reels

Larry,

Thanks! I appreciate your help. Had I started this, I would have missed the priming step. 8-)

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Ohhhhh these Revo (my cadillacs) were a breeze, now painting a Steez (a ferrari) I'm nervous about.  But at least the metal pieces could be easily fixed.  Let me know and we can tackle them and see how you like it.  The good thing is that one can can do alot of small parts

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Here are some pics of the parts installed.  On the premier, it came out a little bit darker, since the pieces where a dark gray.  But the contrast is not too bad

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looks pretty good..does it peel or flake easily? or is it pretty solid?

That will be the test. I have not used the reel since I've painted these parts. From what I hear, after a clearing the parts, it is pretty durable. Also if it does start to flake off, just put the parts in some carb cleaner/thinner let it soak for a while and you can redo it. I like tinkering around with things, so taking the cast control and drag star off is not that big of a deal.

IslandBass

The instructions are very very very simple. Remove the parts you want colored, make sure that they are grease/oil/dirt free. After they are cleaned, make sure they are dry. For the metal parts you want to paint, I used DupliColors Adhesion Promoter and DupliColors Metal Cast spray paint. Start with the adhesion promoter and use VERY VERY VERY light coats, 2 - 3 will get you in the right ball park (I learned from trial and error) Allow a couple of minutes between each coat to let it flash a little. After the adhesion promotor, chose the color of Metal Cast Spray you want, and again use very light coats to get the desired color you want. After that hit it with some clear and your good to go. On the drag star, I covered the threaded hole with some tape to ensure that I did not get any paint in the threads and for the cast control knob, I just made sure that I had it sitting to where no paint could get in the threads.

This process is to me rated on a scale of difficulty 1 - 10.......as a 1.5......VERY VERY SIMPLE way to customize our reels

Larry,

Thanks! I appreciate your help. Had I started this, I would have missed the priming step. 8-)

Thanks island..and the good thing about this, if I want to get it back to stock, I can just set the parts in paint thinner with no damage to the metal

No problem, I always believe in each one teach one. I do not have a problem with sharing info...except the stuff that Uncle Sam made me sign my name in blood not to tell ;D

I thought about doing some buzz bait blades in red/chrome alternating colors. I wonder how that will look.....hmmmmmmmm I think I'll try that tonight

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What would happen if you painted the spool to match??  You think it would wear off with line going on and off of it constantly??

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Rooster, I thought about painting the spool, but didn't want to fool  with have to take off the line and respool it again.  I t hink it would hold up, especially with putting some clearcoat over the paint.  I might have to test it out on one of my cheaper reels

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I can truthfully say it will be awhile before I get into anything like this.  I'm just now getting into another level of "better reels" by moving to Shimano's.  I'm not about to start painting them, but I love the idea of the custom looks you can get with it.  Yours look fantastic!

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I can truthfully say it will be awhile before I get into anything like this. I'm just now getting into another level of "better reels" by moving to Shimano's. I'm not about to start painting them, but I love the idea of the custom looks you can get with it. Yours look fantastic!

I TOTALLY understand that.  That is why I only colored the cast control knob and drag star.  Those can be easily  stripped with no damage to the metal parts and not be damaged.  I surely will not be painting the reel itself, I would hate to jack up the finish of a $200+ plus reels.  I'm just not that rich  :o

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I can truthfully say it will be awhile before I get into anything like this. I'm just now getting into another level of "better reels" by moving to Shimano's. I'm not about to start painting them, but I love the idea of the custom looks you can get with it. Yours look fantastic!

You got a Citica, well, look at this one:

http://www.tackletour.net/TTForums/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=46003&p=352682&hilit=Duplicolor#p352682

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Thats where I got the idea from   :o  ...but I didn't want to post the link from another site on this site

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I can truthfully say it will be awhile before I get into anything like this. I'm just now getting into another level of "better reels" by moving to Shimano's. I'm not about to start painting them, but I love the idea of the custom looks you can get with it. Yours look fantastic!

You got a Citica, well, look at this one:

http://www.tackletour.net/TTForums/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=46003&p=352682&hilit=Duplicolor#p352682

That looks cool on that Citica.  I think it would look good if they had painted the levelwind guide to match also.  Not the ceramic part, just the housing around it.  Have to disassemble the reel to get to that though.  I'm not to crazy about that Curado though.

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