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Painting some baits for practice

Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:53 pm by Backlash

I received some unpainted crankbait bodies a couple of weeks ago and we have been in the process of building lure dryers and preparing everything to get ready to paint. So, with a few hours of cool tempetures in the mornings, I decided to pratice on a few lures.

The lures came from Jann's Netcraft and the first step is to remove the sharp edges of the joints with some fine sandpaper. My airbrush for this project is a Copic Marker set. Normally, I would use a double action brush and Createx paints for lures, however we are planning for an airbrushing class, so I wanted to practice with it a bit. The benefit of the Copic system is that you can change colors quickly by simply removing one marker from the trigger system and replacing it with another. This eliminates alot of mess that comes with paint mixing and clean-up. However, you can have a hefty investment in order to have a broad color palette.

First step is to paint the lure body with a base coat of white. a heat gun or hair dryer can be used between coats to set the paint allowing you to quickly go to the next color.

Next paint the entire lure lure with a coat of yellow.

Now, the breat area is painted with a small amount of orange.

Then, add a coat of light green to the back and sides of the lure. One thing to note is that Copic brusg sprays at an upward angler unlike the standard airbrush which spray a cone directly forward of the nozzle. I recommend that you practice on a piece of paper before painting your lures.

Next, place scale netting over the lure and secure it in place with gator clips. a good source for this material is bridal veil material from a local craft store.. Then spray the back and sides with a dark green.

In the final step, you can use a comb as a stencil to obtain the vertical bar pattern that is painted with black.

The last thing is to apply a two part epoxy as a top coat and place on the lure dryer, overnight.

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