snooterfish

"Foil Leaf"

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Guys I did a thred search and didn't find anything about using foil leaf (gold or Silver) that you can get at craft stores, have any of you guys tried it and if so whats your opnion about it.

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I've used a variety of foils and "leaf" foils.

The leaf foils do not lend themselves well to using netting underneath, but if you're going to foil the bait without netting they are great.

They are easy to apply if you choose the type that has random patterns. The random color patterns allow you to simply glue the foil to the bait without regard to alignment or pattern.

You should consider clearcoating over any foil prior to painting the bait. I use either Devcon 2 ton epoxy or Envirotex. Both can easily be painted.

Foil of any type does not like to hold paint very well. It has a tendency to flake off at the slightest touch, which makes it very difficult to handle after the painting process. The paint will even flake off from the brush strokes while applying clear after painting directly over the foil. Clearing the foil prior to painting locks it down to the surface of the bait and gives a surface over which you can prime and/or paint.

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It's very fragile and requires a deft touch to work. It was not easy to get on the bait without missing spots, coming back off, etc, like Fatfingers says. All in all, it's much easier to use foil duct tape. If you want gold foil, spray it with Createx transparent yellow. Roll a threaded bolt over it to make scale impressions. works well. JMHO

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I have been using candy wrapper foil. You can buy this at craft stores like Michaels in the cake decorating section. It is very thin but strong.

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Yes, the air duct foil works great. It is a heavier foil though and it can be a little tougher on rounded surfaces like Wiggle Warts as an example. The air duct foil tends to wrinkle on rounded surfaces.

The other types of foil can be glued down by spraying the bait with an all-purpose spray adhesive. Walmart carries several brands. A lot of guys like the 3M brand.

The thinner "gold leaf" or leaf type foils are super thin and wrap a little easier. It takes a while to get a feel for how to handle them as they are very delicate and will tear easily. If you're using the stuff with a color pattern, its no big deal. If it tears, just apply another piece over the uncovered area and then use a brush to sort of brush off the excess foil.

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