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Permanent decoy spread with Trestle coated decoys?

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  1. ByroB

    ByroB Refuge Member

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    I hunt the Mississippi River and run large decoy spreads. I recently purchased a large amount of older foam decoys and trestle coated them. My question is, will the decoys hold up throughout a season on the water? I put two coats of Trestle coating on them and two coats of waterproof primer. Them I will be painting with Behr Ultra Premuim plus.
     
  2. The Yeti

    The Yeti Elite Refuge Member

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    I quit using burlapped or restle/trestle coated decoys in permanent spreads a few years ago. Despite them being really durable in hand and for daily sets, I really underestimated how much of a beating those decoys take over a season. It pretty well destroyed the coating on them. Once any water could get to the burlap or grit failure was quick and imminent.

    Maybe try a couple and see how it goes but I personally would advise against using all of them without testing a couple first.
     
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  3. bird junkie

    bird junkie Elite Refuge Member

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    I don’t think they will last a season left out.
     
  4. ByroB

    ByroB Refuge Member

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    Thank you for the input!
     
  5. Capt. John Stieben

    Capt. John Stieben Senior Refuge Member Sponsor

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    The better the primer job and paint job the longer they will last. I know of some in LA that are out all season, but he does makes sure they are primed and painted really good.
     
  6. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    Is the glue degraded by the water or does the media used for texture absorb it?
     

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