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Posted 19 January 2009 - 05:30 AM
Brand new here ...just kinda want to say hello to everyone ...still feeling my way around...maybe one question if I just wanted to get started in this hobby would you suggest starting with repaints ??
The work i see you guys doing is totally amazing ..
Posted 19 January 2009 - 06:40 AM
Welcome to TU Megan Massey.
Probably not a bad idea, because if you don't like the finishing process, then their would be no point continuing. If you don't like the building process, you can always buy the bodies.
Personally, I started with building and testing. I guess one day, I will get around to painting.
Posted 19 January 2009 - 07:11 AM
Welcome to your new addiction!!!
I also think it's a great idea to try some repaints but also don't be afraid to find some threads on making the style of baits that interest you and jump right in head first! I did four years ago and I'm still learning from everyone here!
Have fun and remember that we never make a mistake...We just change our minds!
Posted 19 January 2009 - 12:49 PM
Megan, sure! Some do ONLY repaints. Some are interested in modifying commercial crankbaits and repainting them. Some buy all the components, assemble and paint them. Some want to start with the tree and end up with the lure Most of us jump in at one of those points and then branch out as we gain experience and find other things about lure building that interest us.
Posted 20 January 2009 - 04:44 PM
The most important thing to remember is what I used to tell my kids whenever they were worried about doing something new.
"Don't have fun!"
For some reason, they'd always laugh and make sure they enjoyed whatever it was they were doing just to spite me.
Posted 20 January 2009 - 06:40 PM
Lol, Mark, you're a smart dad! I wish I had thought of that when my kids were younger.
Megan, there are very few absolutely right and absolutely wrong answers in this asylum known as "hard baits."
But I would suggest that for two or three bucks each, you could buy some unpainted "blank" lures instead of going through the trouble of "roughing up" (meaning lightly sanding) a bait that you bought.
By purchasing inexpensive blanks you will be able to get a good feel for the painting process and if you don't like the results, you can simply wipe off the water-based paints with water and try again. That is a trick we all employ when we make a mistake, even after building for years.
Also the final finished bait will run nicely in the water because you will not be painting over paint, which can at times alter the action a little bit, especially on very small baits. That is a minor consideration, but starting on a clean unpainted bait is just a nice way to go over all.
Posted 20 January 2009 - 07:59 PM
Another place to find inexpensive lures to paint is the bargain bin at tackle counters. Some quality, but really ugly, lures get produced and end up being sold for a few dollars when the color doesn't 'catch' the angler.
Lightly sand them and try your paint technique.
Posted 21 January 2009 - 09:42 AM
Thanks for the advise, guess I'm going to buy a airbrush ( any suggestions? ) Do I need to set up a paint booth with ventilation ? I'll find some beaters on EBay and get to it.
Posted 21 January 2009 - 10:48 AM
ya won't know til ya try it!! doesn't take much. git u piece of balsa some sand paper and go from there. I started out with a lure making kit i bought on line and haven't looked back. Can't remember off hand who made em.