Does anyone Air brush Lures

Started by Arlin Eastman, February 16, 2016, 04:57:14 PM

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if so what type of paints do you use and what type of air brush do you think is best?

Thanks everyone

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Arlin, there is a free webinar online tonight at 7:30 Eastern time on lure painting. If you go to this link you can sign up to watch it.
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I have an Iwata Eclipse it's somewhat of a beginners gun but not the cheapest most basic one either. I use either Wicked or Createx paints.
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Back in the 80's there was an airbrush kit that had a small bottle of compressed air and several colored pens.  The spray head slipped on to the pens and allowed you to change your lure colors.  The color washed off with alcohol.  You could paint your lures on the water if you wanted.  Came in a small plastic tool box.


Ohio they still make something similar, an aerosol spray kit but it's meant to be permanent.   
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Greetings all. A company called Copic makes an airbrush system that uses permanent markers as the paint source. There is no need to clean anything for a colour change. You simply switch the marker and keep on painting. I use a more traditional badger system and I keep several bowls on hand to speed up colour changes but you still have to clear the tip every time you change colours. I suggest you look at some of the reviews on the Copic system. I almost bought one last fall but I didn't want to be tied to their markers which look expensive. The system does look pretty easy to use though. Cheers. J.


Iwata makes a good airbrush in many different price ranges so you can get in where ever you want.   One thing that makes it easier in my opinion is a gravity feed brush, they require less air pressure and allow for finer detail.  As mentioned before the Createx and Wicked paints offer a huge variety and work well.   When you're finished painting you will want to use a good 2 part epoxy to clear and protect the paint, I recommend the 30 min variety to give you some working time.

good luck, post a pic or two when you get around to it.


Quote from: Arlin Eastman on February 16, 2016, 04:57:14 PM
if so what type of paints do you use and what type of air brush do you think is best?

Thanks everyone


   I don't spray paint none of my homemade lures, but I get very good results from using a spray can or using other types of paints with brushes. I add a epoxy layer on top of this paint and I have yet to have the paint chip from use or bites from fish (including saltwater fish). Spray painting does give a better finish, so I might consider it later on as well
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i use aztec paints by testors,,, and i use a cheap airbrush from amazon,,it gets the job done with great results
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I use createx, and craft paints acrylic, craft paints work fine.. just after you thin.. just not as much color pigment.. and I use cheap air brushes..  harbor freight airbrush is what I use..

Here is a video I just uploaded with my home brew paint booth
The fish slime is strong on this one ..


I just got into airbrushing lures about 6 months ago. I ordered a basic airbrush kit from hobby lobby and use the model car paint to paint wooden lures. I also, regular rattle cans to get a base layer on. In some cases I will through some "accent" glitter or add some lead to the body after I cut out a cavity.

I really don't fish them, I see them more as pieces of art than a tool. Just my two cents though.

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