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Old 02-28-2017, 07:52 AM
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A while back there were a few posts on here about repaints. If memory serves me correctly Bay and Blaze had a few great pics. I just picked up a bunch of older, used redfins & rebels I would like to recondition using rattle cans-- airbrush not an option right now. Any hints?
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I'm not a builder or any artist in the field , BUT I would cast them 1st to see if they are worth the effort . I sanded down a few w/ 220 paper primed w/ Beni Moore oil base paint primer or spray & layered w/ the color paint , white or yellow bottom & depending if they were top water or subsurface the colors did matter . Sub I mixed green / blue w/ back squiggly lines like a Mackerel . They turned out to be UGLY LOOKING compared to the art work you see over the net . But because they did cast & swam they did catch very well.
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A while back there were a few posts on here about repaints. If memory serves me correctly Bay and Blaze had a few great pics. I just picked up a bunch of older, used redfins & rebels I would like to recondition using rattle cans-- airbrush not an option right now. Any hints?
Don the plastics come out great with spray cans..that all I use..Rui is the new airbrush master...I'll move to airbrush soon enuff but the rattle cans have served me well..use a good clear and make sure the coats are good and dry before u put another coat on..a scuff and some primer..then paint...since I work with cars I use the automotive paints... good colors and work well..1 good bluefish and they ruin your sweet paint job but that's the fun of it..hope this helped a bit..wood repaints can be a pain....1 more thing make sure it's good and clean before u paint fish eyes suck lol!!
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Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks Blaze. Wasn't there a thatch pattern you did as well? One more hint, please? haha
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Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks Blaze. Wasn't there a thatch pattern you did as well? One more hint, please? haha
I used the side pocket on a old soft cooler...Ya no those fishnet type pockets on some back packs,soft coolers,ect...normally on the side or front..I cut it off big enuff for a SP..Wrap it around the plug use clips to hold it together on the bottom (I used the medium sized black paper clips..with the chrome plated handles)and used light coats until I liked it..Just don't take it off until your happy with it and it's completely dry or else you'll never get it back in place..I'll try to post up some pics tomorrow of some of my paint jobs and the stuff I use if I go rooting around now the Lil guy will wake up AND WE DON'T WANT THAT ...I hope this makes sense hard to explain with out pics.. Airbrush is way better if u can use it just because you so much more control of the paint...I'm eager to see some of your paints when they're done
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Here's a few pics...I'm obviously NOT a professional haha..this is what works for me with stuff I found around the house to keep it simple...fish don't care if how good a paint job is ... it is fun to do I will say that!! This is a old choopey darter I never really liked the color on so why not repaint it...
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DON, the orange mesh onion bags and the plastic mesh tops from the clementine orange boxes work also.
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Thanks guys, just the hint I was looking for
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okay don't laugh, I will go to Kohls and find womens knee high stockings any color. they have all different patterns. they usually have a sale bin where they are really cheap. the nice part is they stretch so you can vary your pattern. they lay nice and tight on the plug. if you want to get fancy use two different size mesh's with accent colors paint one size then after it dries use the other size and a different color. gives it a 3D effect.
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Finally got a couple days where I could work in the garage without gloves and ear muffs

Still needs a clear coat but I was eager to show you. Thanks for the tips!
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Wow, that came out sharp DON.
All rattle cans?
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Wow, that came out sharp DON.
All rattle cans?
Yes, of course it's cheap old redfins so no worries about screw ups
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That school bus looks nice dude....good way to upgrade a proven fish catcher....loaded?
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That school bus looks nice dude....good way to upgrade a proven fish catcher....loaded?
Not yet. It's the 5" model, I have loaded 7", maybe I'll give it a go
Anyone else load the 5"?
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