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paint and clear coat

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hey im a super-beginner and i was wondering if you could paint the lure w/ nailpolish (im fairly good at hand painting w/ a brush so thats not a problem) and then give it like 5 coats of sally hansens hard as nails for a clear coat...do you think that would suffice?

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u can use nail polish it's ok for me it is expensive, a rattle can is easier to use , has more quantity and u can spray it in thin layers, but I don't know what's sally hansens

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the sally hansens stuff is a nail hardener that is supposed to protect the paint on youre nails and harden them at the same time.

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ok, then the question is : it's water resistant? ... I think so....but....does it resist at different temperatures and for long time ( let's say one year ) cause it's too bad to build lures for 5 days :whistle:

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I've used Hard As Nails polish to paint threads on bucktail jigs, and it lasts well. But if I were doing it, I'd use spray paint for most of the work too. No brush job will ever look as nice as one that's sprayed.

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yeah i tie flies and i use it (or superglue) for headcement (hold the thread knot togehter). it works very well. but it seems whenever i use spray paint it gets all runny...even if i hold it 6-8" away. maybe its sucky paint...cuz it is pretty old.

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flies and jigs don't have a big surface like cranks , as for the paint getting all runny I think it's because of the thinner (rattle cans paints have thinner in them)

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No brush job will ever look as nice as one that's sprayed.

That is unless you can make your brush do this http://www.yourimagehost.com/is.php?i=143317&img=Grossman_chaser.JPG .

DSV, welcome to the board. You probably can't beat Devcon 2T or Dick Nite's for a top coat (although I have never used either one, I use MinWax Spar Urethane), but as far as painting goes I say use anything for paint and anything to apply it with! I've used nail polish with good results and I've applied paint with everything you can imagine, except an airbrush, LOL. I think the most fun is developing your own style and having people be able to recognize your lures without seeing your name written on them.

I didn't make the lure in the picture but I'd love to be able to paint like that. This "chaser lure" is one of my favorite lures in my handmade lure collection.

Good luck in your endeavors and post up some pics of your work.

See ya in the gallery,

daymon

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Hard as nails is resin based. It is tough. It will take whatever you throw at it. 2 coats should do well.

Skeeter

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