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Painting a jointed lure

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I am going to paint my first jointed lure, and need some advice. I usually hold by the lip, or one of the line ties. So how does one keep the jointed lure static in one plane? I want to have pattern consistancy with both segments, but need to keep the end from waggling around while spraying. Short of building an elaborate jig, is there an easy way?

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Paint both sections before you put the bait together or make a jig to hold the bait taught while painting. I've used a coat hanger bent in a shape of a big U.

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I use xacto knife handles to hold my baits, when I do a jointed lure I just tape a piece of heavy wire to the handle and bend it so that it holds the lures tail taught.

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Sometimes you can put a drop of super glue on the hinge eye and let it dry while the bait is hanging straight. The glue can then be broke loose and cleaned up after painting.

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I use interlinked handtwisted hinges and install them last. Fit a couple of snug-fitting wires into the hinge holes to keep the segments together while you paint. Then separate the segments and clearcoat them, then epoxy in the hinges. A Dremel with a piece of ss wire inserted is a good way to clean epoxy out of the hard-to-reach hinges once the bait is finished. If your hinges are already installed, Hughsey's method works fine too, although it might take more than just a drop of superglue if you're building a big bait like a swimbait or musky lure.

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Thanks for the replies. I used a coat hanger bent in a "U" shape as mentioned. Worked out nice. I think I will eventually build an adjustable jig with springs, to free up a hand.

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I have a couple big jointed lures I wanted to re-paint and CC without disassemby, and found a neat tool to help out. It's a hack saw frame. I twisted up a couple light SS wire segments attached to the front & back eyes, ran them to the saw blade hooks. Tighten it up a bit with the blade tensioner...viola, a real nice lure holder.:yay:

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I have a couple big jointed lures I wanted to re-paint and CC without disassemby, and found a neat tool to help out. It's a hack saw frame. I twisted up a couple light SS wire segments attached to the front & back eyes, ran them to the saw blade hooks. Tighten it up a bit with the blade tensioner...viola, a real nice lure holder.:yay:

That is a sweet idea!!!!!

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Cut a strip of painters tape the same width as the joint about three inches long. Wrap tightly around the joint and it will be held vertically for painting on the same plane. I have made many jointed baits found this to be the best painting method,

Rod

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