V board silhouettes

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  1. ArmChair Biologist

    ArmChair Biologist Senior Refuge Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm buying enough V boards for 6 dozen silhouettes and I'm going to make my own silhouettes. I'm going with black and white honkers. I've already made a bunch with stakes out of coroplast and they've held up well.

    Have any of you used V boards with coroplast decoys and if you have, how have they held up? I wouldn't mind replacing a couple every few years if they break but if it's an every year thing I'd go with plywood instead. I'm going to be walking in to spots with a couple dozen of these so I'd like to keep the weight down.
     
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    jolle Senior Refuge Member

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    I made some from coroplast a while back and don't use them that often. I don't think there's any secrets especially if you're used to coroplast. Long necks and pointy tails are the things that bend easily if you bang things around. I tend to make shorter necks for that reason, but they've held up fine through boat trips and such for a few years.
     
  3. DtSB

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    I used chloroplast silos on boards for a while. I liked the "grain" to be going horizontal, and to support the necks I just drove a piece of stiff 1/8 wire down thru the neck. I could never get paint to stick on it though, so I abandoned them and went to 3/16 or 1/4 Luann silos.
     
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    GOOSESMACKER Senior Refuge Member

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    To resolve the problem you speak of, I lightly rubbed down the coroplas with light weight sandpaper. I use spray paint made for Plastic furniture.

    I'm going on 4 years with no problems.
     
  5. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    ^^^ this
    Then wipe them with acetone and paint.
     
  6. DtSB

    DtSB Senior Refuge Member

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    Awesome, thanks!

    Do any of you have a good source of chloroplast sheets? The last stuff I used was found in a neighbors barn, he thought he got it as scrap material from his employer. It was about 3/16" thick.

    I'm needing some more silos myself but haven't been thrilled with the Luann. Black and whites would be fine to double my spread.
     
  7. ArmChair Biologist

    ArmChair Biologist Senior Refuge Member

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    I've done allot of research in the past year for coroplast. I made my first 65 silos out of scrap material from my buddy's sign business. From what I've found, you can get a decent deal from a wholesaler if you buy ten sheets, but you need to be able to pick them up from the factory. The only factory near me sold them for 18 bucks a sheet if you bought ten sheets. Home depot sells them for approx. $15.50 a sheet and it's honestly the best price I've found. This is for 4mm 4x8 sheets. If you're making goose silo's you can get anywhere from 12-20 decoys a sheet depending on size and shape.
     
  8. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    Have you found anything thicker than 4mm? That is more like the thickness of election signs and not nearly as durable as the thicker scraps I have used.

    Edit: I just found the good stuff and it's $163 to $179 for 3 48"x96" sheets. I'll keep searching for scraps.
     
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  9. ArmChair Biologist

    ArmChair Biologist Senior Refuge Member

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    That's the thickest I've found that's reasonably priced. I believe election signs are the 3mm variety, so it's slightly thicker. It's not the most durable but that's the thickness of my B&W silo's and I've had them for 5 years. They've held up relatively well so far.
     
  10. Billy Bob

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    The stuff I use is 7mm IIRC. Very tough, I would almost have to be trying to damage them for them to bend. It's hard to find but very worth the effort, enough that I am considering the $50+ per sheet option. I have made pintail field silos with it and the tails don't bend if I run the material horizontal and the brant I have on Y boards are still bend free after several years. I highly recommend trying some if you can find it at a decent price or find scraps. The other option I'm looking for is the type Divebomb silos are made with.
     

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