How To Choose The Best Paint Products For Fishing Lures

Best paint for fishing lures: metalics, transparents and opaques

What’s the best paint for fishing lures? Well by the time you’ve finished reading this article you’ll have my honest opinion! For me it’s about ease of use, safety and turning out top notch lure art that lasts. Fish after angry fish…… After all, the satisfaction of turning out awesome looking lures is great. But it’s pretty short-lived if your paint shrivels, peels, chips or cracks after a few weeks or a few fish. That means wasted time, effort and money. So in this article we’ll take a look at some of the more common paints used in lure making. Then I’ll … more

6 Step Process For Hardening And Sealing Wooden Lure Bodies

hardening lure bodies - Base coated

Wood is without doubt one of the best materials for lure making. It’s easy to work with, easy to get and has almost magical fish catching ability that plastic just can’t match. That’s why wooden lure making persists (and continues to grow) in a world of mass produced plastic. But wooden lure bodies do have some drawbacks….. Raw wood soaks water up like a sponge. And waterlogging is the number one lure action killer and cause of early paint failure. Plus, soft, easy carving wood tends to dent and puncture easily, reducing performance, service life and appearance. The there’s the tannin issue, … more

Lure Paint: 3 Great Products That Will Make You Smile

When it comes to choosing the best lure paint system, it’s a no brainer (in my humble opinion)! I’m a great fan of water based and waterbourne airbrush acrylics. My preference: AutoAir and Wicked products. Water based paint systems have come a long way over the past decade – and they continue to advance rapidly. Yes, I know. Critics say they don’t lay down as nicely as solvent based paints. Yes, they take a few seconds longer to dry, too. And maybe there are a few products that we are still waiting to see invented (like a water based chrome, for example). … more

Painting Lures: 15 Secret Tips For Stencils And Masks

Painting lures is one of those really weird things. Let’s be brutally honest, fish usually don’t care that much. Even a newbie to lure making can turn out a fish pleaser. On the other hand. fishermen really do care…. a lot! Most guys who are serious about wooden lure making spend more time painting lures than any other step of the process! So in this article I’ll give my top 12 tips for painting fishing lures using stencils and masks. The good news is, you won’t need a Masters Degree in graphic art. You’ll just need to practice a few techniques that really aren’t that difficult. Stencils And … more

Painting Crankbaits: How To Use Transparents For Awesome Lure Art

If you’re new to painting lures then you might be wondering what the heck a transparent paint is. Many, many years ago when I first started painting crankbaits I remember wondering “What possible use could I have for transparent paints?” Until then I’d always used aerosol cans to paint my lures, mostly auto touch up paints. That works OK, but it will only get you so far! Once the airbrush bug had bitten I started painting fishing lures with all kinds of exotic paints. In recent years I’ve settled on modern water-borne airbrush acrylic paints, which now come in a massive range of … more

7 Professional Lure Painting Secrets. How To Avoid The Traps.

Making Jerkbaits (overview)

I reckon most folks put more effort into lure painting than any other aspect of lure making – and more time and money gets wasted on it, too. And while the whole process can be lots of a lot of fun and very rewarding, it can also be incredibly frustrating. For newbies, there’s a lot to learn, and tons of ways to burn your time and money. Even for seasoned lure makers there are plenty of pitfalls. So to start your lure painting off on the right foot, today’s article will give an overview of the process and some links to further resources. We’ll take a brief … more

Envirotex Lite Measuring And Dispensing

Envirotex Lite For Lure making

Envirotex lite (also called “Etex”) is one of the better clear coating and adhesive systems available for lure making. Etex can be a bit painful to work with- but the right system will have it curing hard, super clear and glossy. And it’s such a tough, waterproof, scratch resistant lure coating it’s worth the effort! For those not familiar with Etex, it’s a two part polyamide epoxy. Combining equal parts of resin and hardener (by volume) and mixing well gets the curing reaction started. The manufacturer reckons it reaches full hardness in about 24 hours, but I’ve found it gets even harder over … more

Custom Painted Crankbaits: 5 Time When They Can Increase Your Catch

Do custom painted crankbaits really have a serious advantage over the “off-the-shelf variety”? Or is it all just hype? Can a glitzy paint job really make that much of a difference? Or is custom lure panting just a whole bunch of fluff? The fact is, no-one enjoys painting up a lure more than I do. And I guarantee no-one enjoys fishing with a custom painted one more than I do either! But often, the color of our lures or the detail we put into them isn’t that important. Those who have read my thoughts on lure color before will know what I’m talking about! I get … more