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 lure paints are 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. … more

6 Step Process For Hardening And Sealing Wooden Lure Bodies

hardening lure bodies - Base coated

Want to know how to treat your wooden lure bodies before painting them? Look, wood is without doubt the best material for lure making. It’s easy to work with, easy to get and has a magical fish catching quality that plastic just can’t match. That’s why wooden lure making is rapidly increasing in popularity…… In a world of mass produced plastic. But wooden lure bodies do have some drawbacks….. Raw wood soaks water up like a sponge. Unfortunately, water logging is the number one killer of fishing lure action – not to mention the primary cause of early paint failure. Plus, soft, easy … 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