Fish Bone Custom Lures

Painting Spoons

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I have been airbrushing crankbaits and sonars and have got that down pretty good and now taking on salmon spoons and harness blades. Did a search and didnt come with much. My question is I want to get a tranparent look on the spoons like silver streak or fishlander tackle. I have tried a few and dipped them in Dick Nites and the paint wrinkled. The paint just isnt biting. I cant scuff them up either. I am shooting auto air paints if that makes a diffence. Can I thin etex and use that has a top coat. Dont know how etex will hold up trolling for hours on end either. thanks guys

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Are you cleaning the spoons before painting? Heat setting the paint? I use Auto Air paints and dip them in DN with no problem.

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I use regular Createx paint over clean nickel or scale effect Witch Tape and dip spoons in Dick Nite with no wrinkling and good durability. I'd check out the Createx transparent colors. No, the water based paints aren't going to "bite" into metal, but the Dick Nite will soak through and gives very good adhesion. Could your spoons be coated with a clear enamel before you paint them? That could be causing wrinkling. I'd rub them down with acetone to remove existing clearcoat before painting.

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I use regular Createx paint over clean nickel or scale effect Witch Tape and dip spoons in Dick Nite with no wrinkling and good durability. I'd check out the Createx transparent colors. No, the water based paints aren't going to "bite" into metal, but the Dick Nite will soak through and gives very good adhesion. Could your spoons be coated with a clear enamel before you paint them? That could be causing wrinkling. I'd rub them down with acetone to remove existing clearcoat before painting.

The copper spoons come from the factory clear coated. I will try to strip them beofre painting. thank you guys for the help

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I've done trolling spoons for a few years and kinda gave up on conventional paints, starting using powder paints three years ago and never looked back. I use several powder airbrushes, for each color needed. After the colors have been applied they can be shot with a transparent powder and baked for a rock hard finish.

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