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First Airbrushed Lure!

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Thanks to the help I got on this board, I have almost finished my first airbrushed lure. I still need to add the black/blue gill plate on my version of a Bluegill and also need to do eyes. I will be playing around with making an eye in a 3/4 inch diameter, which I plan on building up with epoxy to make it "pop". That is next to do. Once finished with those two items, it is time for topcoat. I'll be using ETex Lite in 2 coats. I have a question on this. I plan on adding a light finish of this sparkly laquer clear paint that has irridescent blue and green glitter (VERY small, micro). I am thinking of doing the first coat of Etex, then to spray on the sparkly laquer. Then spray on the final top coat.

As for the paint scheme on my "bluegill". All createx paint. Started with a pearlized white for base coat, followed by a pearl yellow, then built up on sides with transparent light green followed by transparent forest green on the back. Then did the scale pattern & bar pattern with irredescent purple on sides and back. Then did irredescent turquois on the back and slightly down the sides and around the eye's and gill area. Finished up the breast with a pearl orange. Finally, I added a final smal scale pattern for the tail half of the lure with pearl gold.

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Thanks to the help I got on this board, I have almost finished my first airbrushed lure. I still need to add the black/blue gill plate on my version of a Bluegill and also need to do eyes. I will be playing around with making an eye in a 3/4 inch diameter, which I plan on building up with epoxy to make it "pop". That is next to do. Once finished with those two items, it is time for topcoat. I'll be using ETex Lite in 2 coats. I have a question on this. I plan on adding a light finish of this sparkly laquer clear paint that has irridescent blue and green glitter (VERY small, micro). I am thinking of doing the first coat of Etex, then to spray on the sparkly laquer. Then spray on the final top coat.

As for the paint scheme on my "bluegill". All createx paint. Started with a pearlized white for base coat, followed by a pearl yellow, then built up on sides with transparent light green followed by transparent forest green on the back. Then did the scale pattern & bar pattern with irredescent purple on sides and back. Then did irredescent turquois on the back and slightly down the sides and around the eye's and gill area. Finished up the breast with a pearl orange. Finally, I added a final smal scale pattern for the tail half of the lure with pearl gold.

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Work looks good, but, you're gonna try to spray the Etex?

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Oh, forgot to give you all an update on what i finally bought for the airbrush. I bought an Iwata Eclipse BS. I'm no air brush expert as this is my first attempt at any painting with an AB, but I found it to be AWESOME! Had to play a bit with the pearl paints to thin it out a bit. I definately know what you all say on how non-properly thined out paint doesn't spray well. I had a couple blow ups with the pearl orange where it wasn't thinned out enough, got built up and "POPed" creating a splatter. Had to wipe it up as best I could to repaint, which did create some blemishes, but overall, I am VERY happy with the work. When looking at it in the sunlight, those irredescent colors really shine. I cant wait to put the clear coat on top. Musky fishing opener here in MN starts next weekend. So, It'll be ready by then.

Also an update on one of my previous posts on "Filthy glider action, but floats", regarding a new Amma Bama glider I bought that I was concerned with it floating rather than the normal slow sinking. Well, I was out in Wisconsin on Saturday for the Northern WI musky opener, and....... The thing certainly works! I landed a nice 46 incher with it. Totally inhaled it in 12 feet on the edge of a cabbage bed. Also had 2 northern pike on it and another musky follow. I just cant wait to get my musky lure creations wet and scuffed up with teeth. I have 2 other lures close to painting. One is weighted and primed, just need to paint. The other is my copy of an Amma Bama, only much thicker. It is 1.5 inches in width vs. the normal 1 to 1.25 inches. I will try to weight my version with the weight high in the bait with the intention of creating a really unstable belly roll. We'll see on that one, as I have a lot of weighting tests to do. I'll keep you all posted! And again, Thanks for the help!

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Oh, Nope spraying the top coat. I figured I'd put on top coat #1 with Etex Lite, let it turn to cure, then spray on that clear glitter paint. Then put on top coat #2.

I'm very familiar with Etex as I also build custom rods. I usually use Flexcoat for rods, but they are essentially the same thing. Have the lure turner ready to go, just made some modifications to my rod turner.

Question on the Etex and coating over laquer based materials. Do you think i'll need to do any primer to ensure proper bond?

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Love seeing your work but you need to put it in the gallery..not here...Nathan

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