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Got some striper wooden baits I am thinking about repainting myself. There's a lot of different information on different forums, it's kind of hard to tell where to start.

 

I'm still not sure if I just want to sand those baits, prime and then rattle can spray paint these baits. Will do a very basic two tone color scheme. Is that about it? 

 

What's the best sealant to use? Not too crazy about using epoxy. Is there any other spray on sealant that I can buy or order quickly that would do the job well enough? I've read comments that say auto clear doesn't work well for wooden baits. 

 

Are there any east coast painters you could recommend in case I decide to just send out these baits. 

 

Thanks!!!

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5 hours ago, SoCalStripers said:

Got some striper wooden baits I am thinking about repainting myself. There's a lot of different information on different forums, it's kind of hard to tell where to start.

 

I'm still not sure if I just want to sand those baits, prime and then rattle can spray paint these baits. Will do a very basic two tone color scheme. Is that about it? 

 

What's the best sealant to use? Not too crazy about using epoxy. Is there any other spray on sealant that I can buy or order quickly that would do the job well enough? I've read comments that say auto clear doesn't work well for wooden baits. 

 

Are there any east coast painters you could recommend in case I decide to just send out these baits. 

 

Thanks!!!

First, we need pics of them, it helps a lot

HH

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Two tone color schemes are good with a rattle can.

Rustoleum makes a good clear coat for wood/plastic but epoxy is also an alternative.

If you want to get a bit more fancy look up crackling or buy some stencils off of amazon to wrap the lure around and you'll be able to get a nice pattern.

 

Theres also these color shift sprays that I've seen around I'm wondering if anyone had any luck with them.

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If you go the epoxy route, don’t use paint that is glossy at all. Use the most matte rattle paint you can find. Epoxy hates gloss.

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You can do some perfectly serviceable lure painting with spray cans alone.

I never worried about sealing the raw wood with boiled linseed oil or some other mixture.

And I never even thought about coating them with epoxy for protection.

They’re using lures for Pete’s sake.

That makes them consumables which get worn out, broken and lost.

I have plenty of old plugs that got screwed up for years and all I ever did was spray a solid color over all the damage.

The paint stuck and the lure caught fish.

It didn’t look really great but it caught fish.

 

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6 mins ago, valentine said:

You can do some perfectly serviceable lure painting with spray cans alone.

I never worried about sealing the raw wood with boiled linseed oil or some other mixture.

And I never even thought about coating them with epoxy for protection.

They’re using lures for Pete’s sake.

That makes them consumables which get worn out, broken and lost.

I have plenty of old plugs that got screwed up for years and all I ever did was spray a solid color over all the damage.

The paint stuck and the lure caught fish.

It didn’t look really great but it caught fish.

 

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If your going to repaint old wooden plugs you have to seal them first or your going to have them soak up water and blow off the paint after a couple uses.  

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Thanks for all of the replies. 
 

The plugs I have are in really good condition. Some haven’t even been thrown yet. I just want to change the color on some of them. 
 

For best results, do I just spray the lure white or whatever color I want to use for the belly and then spray the second color for the back on top?

 

What is the best way to achieve a nice fade between the second and first colors? 
 

 

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46 mins ago, valentine said:

You can do some perfectly serviceable lure painting with spray cans alone.

I never worried about sealing the raw wood with boiled linseed oil or some other mixture.

And I never even thought about coating them with epoxy for protection.

They’re using lures for Pete’s sake.

That makes them consumables which get worn out, broken and lost.

I have plenty of old plugs that got screwed up for years and all I ever did was spray a solid color over all the damage.

The paint stuck and the lure caught fish.

It didn’t look really great but it caught fish.

 

But pretty and shiny  always catches the fishermen   ;) 

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24 mins ago, richie c said:

But pretty and shiny  always catches the fishermen   ;) 

Yes indeed.

And your statement also explains why I have hundreds of  new,  unused lures which are sitting in storage bins.

I see a new and shiny lure with an unusual paint scheme and I buy it.

But then I realize my battle scarred plugs and lures are tried and true and a bit of paint or a set of new hooks will get me another season out of them.

So, the new stuff goes into storage bins and sits there for years until I need something and open one them up.

Then I tell myself “geez I have a lot of lures and I better get rid of some of them.”

 

 

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3 hours ago, SoCalStripers said:

Thanks for all of the replies. 
 

The plugs I have are in really good condition. Some haven’t even been thrown yet. I just want to change the color on some of them. 
 

For best results, do I just spray the lure white or whatever color I want to use for the belly and then spray the second color for the back on top?

(Make sure it's clean and dry and do what you said spray white completely hang up for a day or two and then shoot just the top the fade will come by itself,,,  do not be close be at least two feet away when you shoot it!)

 

3 hours ago, SoCalStripers said:

 

What is the best way to achieve a nice fade between the second and first colors? 

 

(It will come on it's own.)

HH

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, SoCalStripers said:

Got some striper wooden baits I am thinking about repainting myself. There's a lot of different information on different forums, it's kind of hard to tell where to start.

 

I'm still not sure if I just want to sand those baits, prime and then rattle can spray paint these baits. Will do a very basic two tone color scheme. Is that about it? 

 

What's the best sealant to use? Not too crazy about using epoxy. Is there any other spray on sealant that I can buy or order quickly that would do the job well enough? I've read comments that say auto clear doesn't work well for wooden baits. 

 

Are there any east coast painters you could recommend in case I decide to just send out these baits. 

 

Thanks!!!

Go take a look at the plug porn thread and you will see what rattle cans can do.

HH

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Just reading through this thread, figured I would throw my 2 cents in. I am a Penn, lure collector. I have found that gasoline is my favorite color, and started to experiment redoing reels and lures over in that color a few years back. Metal, (reels) lures, (Wood or plastic), I have been able to get a finish WITHOUT using a clear sealer. I can get the finishing by controlling the heat, a small oven I use to dry the paint. Most of my stuff is in a collection, but I have fished a few lures I have done over, no problems at all. I only use rattle cans, like the pictures I have posted. Alot of lures I collect were never done in gas, or I couldnt get them, so I decided to refinish my own plugs and reels. The new wooden plugs, I never sanded the sealer off, just scuffed up enough for the paint to stick. Some plugs needed a new life, so they required  little more work same with the reels, most were sandblasted, then refinished. Once again, none of my reels or lures got a clear sealer when done, just controlled the heat. The very last picture is a RM smith danny, done by Ryan in Gasoline colors. The plug below it, is a RM smith giant, walleye, with white eyes. I refinished that myself, with no sealer over the paint. It came out nice and sits with my other lures and reels in my collection. Whether metal, wood, or plastic, and depending what you want to do and the look you want, can be done with out a clear sealant. 

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