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Discussion in 'Illinois Flyway Forum' started by Jon C, Feb 19, 2017.
Decided to try my hand at repainting fullbodies..
not bad at all,, i got rooms that need painted, you hire out
Those look good Jon.
I'm gonna do most of my duck decoys in a week or two.
You have done well, how much a piece for mine?
Krylon kahki against the feather grain from back to front. Let dry.
Krylon mud brown with the grain from front to back.
Literally every decoy I have is painted this way, including FFD Avian. X's.
Here's some Avery Commercial grades that took me 5 mins to repaint. The trick is going against the grain with the kahaki on the backs, and then the heavy on the whole breast, side pocket, and underside.
Once dry, hold the decoy by the neck and dust the back with mud brown. Keep the top of the wing folds pretty dark, then fade into the brest and into the side pocket by dusting. I even paint the very tips of the wings mud brown, most companies ship them with way too much black imo.
Once you get it down it should take you about 5 mins to do each decoy. Everythimg I own gets this treatment at least once a season. Even my FFD's, it brings them right back to life.
It's amazing what a guy can do with a rattle can. I become much more of a believer in contrast on decoys vs. Feather detail.
Some of the goose Killin dudes I know finish as many geese of BWS than most guys do over fancy stuff. Personally, I like dark brown and a light tan chest. They stand out awesome in any condition, especially ripped ground.
While I'm at it, here's another post season project somebody could find useful.
After guiding, my gear got pretty tore up the last few years. Speed of set up and tear down became really important too, so the Avian X's I had for years got sold.
I bought a bunch of Avery Commercial grades (which look like crap new) and was MAD when I opened the box. So I repainted them... Then I played "chase the blown over decoy" 30 days. Of the season and about lost my mind because the ring bases suck.
Long story short, I swapped the bases out with another brand (thanks Brandon and company) and then got tired of only being able to carry 5 each trip top the trailer...
Now, all my decoys have a carry loop as shown. All my DOA's, Averys, and Avian X's. It's Huskvarna weed eater line, crimped inside with an aluminum electrical connector.
Took me two mins a decoy and maybe 50 cents. I can literally carry 15 now.
Best mod I'd done in a long time.
Note where I drilled them, don't go through the tails...trust me.
I will bring the boys over they are really good painters..haha
Thanks Danny how's the back doing?