Huskybass

Can anyone here restore the finish on this bait?

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This Cabela's Real Image Suspending Jerkbait has served me well for about 10 years.

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As you can see, the battle scars and hook scrapes have taken a toll on it. Can anyone here restore the original finish? A normal paint job would not do it, as the bait had/has incredible flash due to the foil like finish.

Thanks in advance if you can help or know where I can find more baits like this one.

Huskybass

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Hey Husky, I think most of the people here are more "painters" than anything else. Some of them can do foil finishes, but not to the extent that you would need for this bait. The best foils I have seen here are by hazmail . You may try contacting him.

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If the lure still looks good and flashes when it's wet, it may just need a clear coat. If it were mine, and it still caught fish, I'd use some clear nail polish, maybe with a blue glitter, to touch it up, and call it a day.

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If you are still catching fish I would keep throwing it. I have a pet bait that is cracking and missing finish down to the wood in places but the bass still like. I guess it comes back to the question of looks vs action.

mossy maker

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your lure will still work. i have a few that look like that but are still catching bass.

if a good paintjob is that important to you then why not buy a new one?

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Most likely it would end up being a "sinker" after paint job and top coat instead of a suspender.

I agree... keep on throwing it.

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The bait has character!!! BATTLE WOUNDS!!! Experience!!! THIS LITTLE JERK HASNT LET YOU DOWN!! Its looked death in the eye and SAID.. "NOT TODAY MR. BASS!!! TODAY YOUR MINE"!!!! KEEP THAT LURE the way it is!!!!

The Rookie

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Just be happy it hasn't seen a lot of pike, musky, or walleyes... Then you'd be looking for a body shop to fill in the teeth marks; then getting it refinished.

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How does it look wet? That's about how it might look if you put a light coat of clear on it in an attempt to restore some of its original appearance.

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leave it. thats a badge of honor. if its still fishing it would be unjust to dis honor a good bait

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Most likely it would end up being a "sinker" after paint job and top coat instead of a suspender.

I agree... keep on throwing it.

i agree if you put a 2nd coat or clear coat you will not have the same plug as you had it will not swim the same and prob sink faster.

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KEEP THROWING ANY BAIT THAT CATCHES FISH NO MATTER THE FINISH!! I have a rebel Pop-R that is easily over 15 years old, not a speck of paint left on it but the whitish yellowed plastic...OUT FISHES EVERY POP-R I HAVE NEW OR OLD!!!!

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TEN YEARS!!! WOW.

If it's your last one, you are going to be well upset if you lose it. You either want to make a concerted effort to find some more, maybe Ebay. Or, weigh and measure every detail of the lure, with lots of photo's from all angles, so you have a fighting chance of reproducing the bait.

ALso, to faithfully reproduce the bait, you will also need to know its average density. This will enable you to reproduce the amount of float or buoyancy of the lure. If you go this route, PM me and I will tell you how to measure it.

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Same as BassKickin

I have a yellow magic I bought several years ago that hardly has any finish left. I have two more in my box that I have bought since but they don't get the same response.

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Dont fool with it leave it the way it is. You will end up changing the action if you start sanding painting and clearing. You wouldnt rent that bait out for the weekend would ya, come on hook a brother up. LOL...

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I think he has his answer. I dont think any lure builder would touch that lure for anything. If you find one that does refinish it to your standards and it swims the same send me his name because he can work miracles.:lol: keep fishing it till it wont swim no more. You would probably be better off looking into reproducing it like vodkaman said.

Edited by MTfishingrods

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I would leave it alone period! No nail polish not nothing to change the action. I have a few baits like this and have bought new ones that dont catch me as near as many fish. Did you ever see the pic of Kevin VanDam's Smithwick Rogue he used to win the classic in Pittsburgh with? It almost has no foil left on it and he is still whacken toads with it. Just my 2 cents.

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Little toads.:wink:

That had to be the sorriest Classic I've ever seen.

Those guys had to have the patience of Job, or else a bottle of Jack.

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There are a lot of wierd and wonderful ideas in the lure historical archives. I cannot see any problem with re-vitalising a few. If it was me, I would credit the original design etc.

In me previous post, I was thinking more of a tutorial on restoration rather than duplication.

Duplication is very possible, but you have to satisfy more equation parameters than lip shape and body size in order to get it to work. Again, I would credit the original design of the antique, because if you don't, someone will spot your intentions and the bad press will kill you.

Personally, I think there is enough undiscovered ideas out there not to consider duplication. I will occasionally take a feature off of an antique and copy it, just to see the effect of the feature and learn a little more. I have learned a huge amount over the last year, but every time I start to think that I have it sorted in my head, I get slapped down with a problem, which then has to be explained how it conforms to the theory, or change the theory to include the problem.

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I wasnt thinking duplicating with the intention of reselling or fooling anyone. I was thinking more along the lines of this guy obviously has a favorite bait, that is not made any more and he would like some more to fish with. Duplicating for personal use. Noones going to frown on that. Now if you go and start selling them as originals then I agree. Or even selling them period, you might run into problems.

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I wouldn't paint it.........it will ruin the lure. Just get a can of Rustoleum Lacquer in a rattle can and give it a light coat.....let dry 30 minutes and then give it one more coat. Go fishing.

Jed V.

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