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Painting chatterbait vibrating jig blades

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Anyone know how to paint and get the dull finish of black chatterbait or phenix blades? 

Doesn't look like paint. 

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I am just a hobby builder, and only build for myself and a few buddies, so my way isn't for a production run, by any means. 

I paint them with a black sharpie, heat set it with a hair dryer, shoot on two coats of Rustoleum 2X Gloss clear, and then a final coat of Rustoleum 2X Matte clear.  I wipe the blades with clean acetone first, to get rid of any oils.  The sharpie is solvent-based, and sticks to the clean metal well.  Just be sure it's heat set, so the Rustoleum doesn't make it run too much.

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14 hours ago, Jeff Hahn said:

I use Sally Hansen fingernail polish to paint my blades.  It may chip off after a while, but is easily reapplied.

Jeff, I forgot that I used to do that, too.  Funny how quickly I forget stuff if I'm not doing it all the time.  

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52 minutes ago, Ballin21 said:

For the ones who are using the heat gun and fluid bed, how are you guys holding the blade (pliers, paper clip, etc)?

Henostats at the “connection” hole when powder coating. Then use a piece of paper clip or wire when hanging in the oven to cure. 

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16 hours ago, Ballin21 said:

I've tried the round nose pliers the way you have it, and the paint gets stuck to my pliers. whats the trick?

Hold blade with needle-nose pliers when heating.

Use cool round nose pliers to dip your blade.

Don't over heat your blade.

You want a lite coat of paint (velvet looking)  Baking in the Toaster Oven will smooth out and cure the paint

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X2 for the plier method. Also what works great is very thin fly tying wire to hold the blade at first eye. Then heat with heat gun and dip in fluid bed making sure to get very thin coat. The thin wire barely touches the blade making it very easy to take blade off once cool.

Bake in the toaster oven to cure.

For the dull flat look I tried something last night after using flat black powder paint. I took a nail file and lightly roughed up the blade after paint cured. I like the finish and look.

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