Spots on Cranks
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 08:00 PM
Just wondering what most of you are using to place spots on shad crankbaits ... Airbrushing or Hole Punching black tape ???
Posted 23 November 2007 - 08:34 PM
For years I have always just dotted the spot with round piece of steel stock, as of late I have started spraying the dot and to be honest I think the sprayed dot looks more realistic
Posted 23 November 2007 - 09:00 PM
I did/do the same as Craig. If it don't look better, it makes me feel better, as I strive for a stencil free bait
Posted 23 November 2007 - 11:12 PM
I think paint looks better. I use different size holes cut in an old credit card for a stencil because I get nervous freehanding the very last bit of paint that goes on a lure!
Posted 24 November 2007 - 09:15 AM
I've tried to freehand the shad dots, but I wasn't very consistant on the size. (guess I need some practice). So I reverted back to a stencil. I use a plastic drafting guide with circles and a drill bit sizing card as a stencil.
Posted 24 November 2007 - 11:38 AM
I've tried both spraying black lacquer (instant dry) with a stencil and using the head of a nail with paint on the end. I like the nail better because it is faster and gives me an acceptable result. The sprayed dot is more perfect, but I don't think the fish or my customers care.
Posted 24 November 2007 - 01:43 PM
A cotton swab..... A tight-well made one like Q-tip works very well. Some of the off brands are loosely wound and skimp on the cotton. For smaller dots on smaller baits, Stamina sells a round dot maker that works well also. http://www.staminain...eye_dotter.html
Posted 24 November 2007 - 03:56 PM
Thanks Guys for your help ...Have any of you used Black electrical tape with a hole punch ..Makes a very nice dot then clear coat...Boone
Posted 24 November 2007 - 07:54 PM
Because all of my lures are pretty small, I have 3 ways of ‘dotting’ them.
For lots of dots (trout style) I use a rubber finger stall, the kind the bank tellers used to count money, I have a couple of different sizes- If you want a pattern in the dots , just cut a few of the ‘tits’ off to suit.
For larger 1/4’’ dots I either spray them or use a ‘Q Tip’ and dab the dot on, just wet and compress the end of the tip until you get the size you want. For either of these methods the paint needs to be considerably thinned down, so there is not a high build up of paint, which would come through as a raised lump in the clear coat.
Or you can spray a spot one color, clear coat it and then do another spot or splatter over it, which can give multi colored dots- al la ‘Fatfingers’
Have fun -pete
Posted 24 November 2007 - 09:08 PM
I use a hole punches of different sizes and black vinyle.
Posted 24 November 2007 - 09:25 PM
drill bits or pencil erasers. I use anything that is in arms reach.