jrhopkins

paint question

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i got a cheap airbrush from Harbor Freight and was wondering about inexpensive paints to start out with. was thinking about the paints you get at the hobby store for model cars. currently i am painting by hand with a brush and it is not as detailed as i would like. this is a swimbait i just made using a rattle can and brush. i was thinking with an airbrush i could blend the colors better.

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I use Apple Barrol from WalMart. It is under $1.00 and a good paint. I cut it with windex and it works out real well for me. I have found that the yellow seems to be a little harder to shoot for some reason. I also run the paint through a paint strainer, it helps to keep the chunks from clogging up the airbrush.

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thanks for the tip. am going there tomorrow so i'll look for some. rattle cans are ok but pretty limited for any detail. john

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Are those paint brush bristle fins? I thought that I was the only one that had tried that! They are a pain to assemble but do a pretty good job of imitating a fin. How do those compare to the ziplock bag fin??

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they are a microfiber i found in the fly tying dept. at Sportsmans Warehouse. they are called "Microfibetts" by L&L products. yeh, a lot more work but make nice looking fins and are tough. i cut slots into the bait before i paint it and epoxy them into place before i clearcoat it. i like the look better than the ziplock bag method, i think they look more realistic and don't offer as much resistance for the tail action.

Emmett, thanks for the paint tip, picked some up and will give it a try.

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print the fin image using microsofts paint program on tissue paper or draw it on with a permanent marker then sandwich it between two pieces of ziplok plastic bag using contact cement. the contact cement is waterproof and remains flexible. then cut a slot into the bait and epoxy the fin in place, trim it to size and shape first. here's a sample

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I started out with enamels used for model cars.....never, ever do that. What a nightmare. I now use Apple Barrel paints (44 cents at my Wally World) and I am much happier with their performace in the airbrush and especially the water clean-up.

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thanks kevin. pickede som colors up at walmart. am making a trout pattern bait now and will try them out on it.

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I use windex to thin it, I read about it on an airbrush forum a while back. I just add a little windex to the paint jar and add the paint put a lid on and shake it up real good. I also keep a jar with windex and water to run through the brush between colors.

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