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Basswood Pre-paint Prep?

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Hello, I just started making some plugs from Basswood. I have a few ready to paint and was wondering should I prep the wood for painting. I guess what I mean is should I seal it with something, then paint then apply another clear sealer. I wasn't for sure if I could apply paint without a base. Thanks

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I use basswood and I usually seal my lures with plastic dip made from plastic cups melted in laquer thinner. Then I spray with white primer before laying down my color.

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If you want your bait to look nice and smooth, it has to have a smooth waterproof coating before you paint. You should prep basswood to seal/waterproof it, or when water based paint hits the raw wood, it will raise the grain and you'll have rough areas on your bait. Even some solvent products can raise the grain but you can sand them down and apply a second coat to get a nice smooth base before you start shooting paint. I use epoxy thinned with lacquer thinner or propionate dissolved in acetone because they are not only waterproof but also very durable - but other coatings will work.

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Thank you BobP and Saffie those were the kind of answers I was looking for. I was not aware that it would raise like that. Thanks again

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