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Old 05-10-2006, 04:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Was thinking about starting to paint / Air brush some lure in the future. What is involved in air brushing lure or jigs? My son love to paint and I think this is something that might be fun to do with him. With that being said I have never used an air brush gun kit before what should I look for if I purchase one?

Does anyone do this on any of your lures to make them custom?

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Old 05-10-2006, 05:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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tackleunderground.com is a site dedicated to custom lures.
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Old 05-10-2006, 08:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ive thought of this also, id really like to paint up my old rapala CD18's and CD22's to look like kokes and rainbows
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Really a FUN hobby. Not profitable except in self satisfaction.
Also, not cheap if you want to do it right. Highly recomend the
Iwata air brushes and compressors. The brushes are very precise
yet forgiving and the compressors are quiet enough to use in you den. Mieningers in Denver has a pretty good selection, but recommend most any of the Airbrushing websites. Good luck &
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If you do not want to do it yourself this guy does incredible work.

http://www.lblures.net/custom_painting.htm

Just received in the mail a batch he did for me and I almost hate to put them in the water.
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Thanks for the above links and info.

Any one have any hints on what not to do when touching up lures and such?

Have a great day
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I bought a cheap airbrush which uses a aresol canned air to paint lexan R/C car bodies. DON'T BUY ONE. I never could get it to work properly and ended up wasting my money. If you go to a R/C hobby shop such as Hobby Town in Westminster, they have aresol paints which are in really cool translucent and pearl-like colors. Not for precise painting, but for a base coat they are great.

If you buy a airbrush, you can get a pump for a good price at Harbour Freight tools.
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I played around with this when I was a kid. If this is something new for you, I'd suggest starting with jigs. You can buy unpainted jig heads and appropriate paint from Cabela's (I think). They also sell marabou, bucktail, etc. Don't expect to save money -- you won't, but it is fun catching fish using your own "secret" creations.

As far as crankbaits, etc., the manufacture and finishing is typically so high-tech, it's tough to make anything comparable to what's commercially available, even if you're just repainting, unless you make some real investments in equipment and time, and also have a knack for it.

As far as making crankbaits, it's tough. Making the diving lips with the required precision is especially difficult and frustrating -- I know! If you're going to try it, maybe start with a suface chugger.

Good luck and have fun!

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