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A Couple Powder Painting Questions

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I have dipped a few heads so far. I put them in the oven and they look great, but when i take them out, the paint runs and has a point at the end of the head. I hang them on the U part of the hook. How do i cure this problem?

Question number 2. I have yet to put in any weedguards. Do i do this before or after i dip? Will fly head cement work to keep the guards in place, or do i use something else?

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Ryneb,

I went through that when I first started powder painting. The reason there is a run is because there is too much paint on the jig head. I recently built a fluid bed to use for painting and it cured the problem of having paint run. Try putting in the weedguards after you paint. You will probably have to drill out the hole or trim the weedguard to make it fit. Use epoxy for the weedguards.

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Just a 2 part epoxy you can get at any store? Or is there a certain brand?

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Devcon has a 5 minute epoxy. It has 2 barrels. You push the lever for the 2 barrels and it pushes out 2 different compounds. Go to a craft store and get yourself some childrens brushes that are cheap. Use those brushes to mix up the 2 compounds. The swipe the inside of the hole on the jig head, then cover the end of the weedguard and put the guard into the hole. Make sure it is secure, and then let it dry . Put some on the outside of the guard after you have put it into the jig, just around the outside of where the jig fits into the weedguard. You can get the epoxy at lowes.

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If you only heat the jig head to the point where the paint goes on and looks "powdery and dull" then it is a thin coat and should not run when baked.

I use superglue gel for holding the weedguards. It is quick and easy and dries in just a couple of minutes.

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A fluid bed will make it easy, but to help in the meantime, fluff you paint between each dip, and focus on your dip method to get good coverage without excess paint. Tap the edge of the paint vial to try to shake off any excess powder. Like Jigman said, too hot will end up with too much paint, too.

Also, find a method to hang the jigs head high for curring. If there is excess paint, it will tend to run down the barrel of the jig, instead of the more noticeable head. Depending on your curring oven height, shortened xmas ornament hooks can work. I have also seen pics of door springs used to clamp the hooks.

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I tried last night to put on a thin coat. I got a dull powdery look before i baked. After i baked, it looked great and didnt run. I just hope i can be consistent.

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Because I own a business that requires me to powder paint all of my baits I can tell you a fluid bed is the way to go. If you plan to do this for years to come (even if only for personal use) you will find that you powder paint will go much further with much better results. I buy powder paint by the pound and I can paint A LOT of spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and jig heads with a pound of paint.

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OK dont worry about the paint being to heavy itll be fine after I tell you this. I take a few pieces of angle aluminum about 14 inches long but Ill give you the quick easy way. take a few pieces of wood make them about 2 inches wide and an inch or so tall. clamp them and drill through them so you can put carrige bolts and wing nuts thru. Then use an old piece of silocon hot plate(the flexible kind, or just high temp gasket material) put some on each piece of wood(this is what holds your hooks in place) dont put it togehter until the sealent is dry. put your jigs in there hook side into the holder and you will never one them again. Simple cheap and verry effetive. Im going to try to put up a photo if I remember how of the old cheepie ones I have. And NO, wood does not burn at 350 for 15 mins. Just dont put it right next to the burner.

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Dont know if this worked or not...... ok looks like it did. So you just put the hooks in your, kind of, cooking vise tighten it up and bake it. I just let mine cool in place in the oven for a while because the jigs will cool long before the vise. This keeps the heads from touching and it doesnt matter if you have paint on the hook shaft. If you are using coated hooks like a saltwater hook your temp and lenght of time may have to varry a little depending on brand. EC hooks bake off fastest. Mustad take a while longer. But all in all this works great for what your doing any questions just ask.

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thanks for the tips geckert. I am a carpenter so i have the materials and the know how.

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Anytime as for your #2 you have to do them after because of heating then baking go to the hobby shop and pick up some cheap epoxy I dont recomend the 5 min devcon I would use the 20-30 min stuff until you know what your doing and can get a few done in 5 min or your just throwing money away. You can also use 3M 5200 if you want to wait for it to set up fully in like 36-48 hours. It works ok but epoxy is better.

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