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Zman 05-30-2012 09:16 PM

Air Brush Painting Lures
Over time I had seen a couple of classes offered but a couple of us forumites contacted them and the classes never happened. Well I figure for me everything else is self taught (cept for lake trout fishing) so why not airbrushing painting lures such as stickbaits, spoons, etc. So does anyone have any knowledge or a push in the right direction to find out what to buy for an airbrush, compressor and paint. Any links or anything that would be helpful, I really dont feel like reinventing the wheel and buying the wrong stuff. I figure once I get some items I can use you tube for actual painting hints but I have no idea what to buy. I see that craigslist has all sorts of compressors and airbrushes but I have no idea if they are the right ones. Thanks for any info that anyone cares to share.

swimbait 05-30-2012 10:54 PM

Re: Air Brush Painting Lures
Look man, just go dig through Tackle Underground and you will find pretty much anything you need to know.

I will add a little here, because a little is what I have to offer.

Water based paints like Createx are cool to shoot indoors because they will not kill your neurons, but if you are good with losing some IQ points in the name of high quality paint jobs, go with enamels. I am just about tired of the "safe" paints because the enamels look SO much better. Get a mask that meets OSHA requirements for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and paint outside if you have to.

Topcoats will be the big issue. I have just about decided to say the hell with rotating lures... brush on an THIN coat of whatever epoxy you go with and hang the bastard to drip. Six or seven thin coats of epoxy thinned with de-natured alcohol and left to drip has given me the best results so far. Believe me, I have tried a lot of top-coats.

For airbrushes, I would get an Iwata Eclipse if you can justify the expense. Keeping it clean is a must. They are not very complex devices, you can hack it. The needles are very easy to damage, so be careful. They are also super sharp, so try not to stab yourself.

A good way to practice with the airbrush is to get a piece of slate or chalkboard and just shoot water on it. The water evaporates fast, and it lets you practice lines, dots, effects etcetera without wasting paint.

I don't know what else to add here. There are lots of great tutorials on Youtube, so get after it. I hate painting, it is something I have to do because I am compelled by Satan, so if you get good at it please paint my baits for me. I would much rather be fishing.


TheUkrainian 05-30-2012 11:01 PM

Re: Air Brush Painting Lures
Take a look at the Aztec Airbrushes...they are reasonably priced, perform well, and after you use it for a while you can decide if you want to step up or not.

Instead of a compressor, purchase acompressed air tank from an organization that supplies bars...I have a name and number but I will have to dig it up for you and send it in a seperate em.

Pick up a few books from the library, get some paint---I have some sources I can tell you about- and practice, practice, practice.

Stick with acrylic paints...the lacquers will kill you over time....and you can get a good closs with the acrylics.

PM me with your number if you want to chat.

DonInDurango 05-30-2012 11:13 PM

Re: Air Brush Painting Lures
I'm the other "Forumite" interested in this, but I'm primarily interested in airbrushing soft plastics.

Zman 05-31-2012 01:50 AM

Re: Air Brush Painting Lures
Thanks guys...will take a look at tackle underground its one site I hadnt seen...UK when I get that far I will probably give you a call...

fishyheads 05-31-2012 02:45 AM

Re: Air Brush Painting Lures
I guess these are supposed to be nice - or maybe this -

I'm like Mr Solomon in that I hate painting. It's a means to an end and can be rewarding when it turns out right so it's a good tool to have around and have somewhat of a handle on.

koldkut 05-31-2012 07:43 AM

Re: Air Brush Painting Lures
I'm with the others that want to lean this craft as well, I have a small 2 gallon compressor that I've read on other air brush forums can be used to shoot with, just have to convert the hose connectors down. I don't want to spend too much $$ to get into it, my intrests are more for the rod building aspect of it.

mrwigglestheworm 05-31-2012 10:24 AM

Re: Air Brush Painting Lures
Mark, I bought this kit because I needed a compressor. I already had a really nice airbrush, but the kit was cheaper to buy (on sale) than just the compressor.

It's a decent starter kit, but I won't lie...the compressor kinda blows (no pun intended). It doesn't hold pressure, I can actually watch the pressure vary every time I spray. It needs a regulator, I think.

Like I said, it's a good starter kit. Better compressors will cost you well over $200.

I repainted this lure with it...

The variable pressure, makes it tough to lay down good lines, and even spray, but it will get you started.

Good luck!

TheUkrainian 05-31-2012 06:12 PM

Re: Air Brush Painting Lures
The Max pressure is fine...most of the time you will be using less than 30...the issue with a cmpressor is "will it hold the air pressure rating you will need for your entire project".

The tank you can purchase from a bar supplier will keep it at the pressure you need for as long as you will need it. It will eliminate the need for a compressor. You are right WTW about needing a regulator.

swimbait 06-01-2012 11:55 AM

Re: Air Brush Painting Lures
My only concern would be that you could dial it back enough. I shoot at 9 psi or less with the (well thinned) Createx.


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