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  1. wtrfwlr43

    wtrfwlr43 Elite Refuge Member

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    These were various brands of decoys with different paint schemes that I painted all of the drakes to pretty much match. The picture is before I coated them with Rustoleum Clear Matte. I used acrylic paint. Hand painted all. The paint has held up well. The hens I just touched up the bills and speculums. Did it make a difference to the ducks, No. It was a labor of love for me. upload_2020-7-6_3-47-34.png
     
  2. Rick Hall

    Rick Hall Elite Refuge Member

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    I went to the trouble of learning to airbrush (OK, half-*** airbrush), so by golly, that's how I redo the bulk of what I redo. But I still do the detail by brush. Some circa '70s G&H pintails from my first spread (cut their stiff, front-and-center necks and re-"welded" them at angles on my college hot plate) that I redid to brighten my little pothole spread:
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    And some GHG jacks spruced up in a failed attempt to interest their kind in a hole too small for their liking:
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    Regardless of species, distance has been my work's friend:
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  3. goosenazi

    goosenazi Elite Refuge Member

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    3135E2F6-F27B-4586-A279-9E006044FDCF.jpeg I rattle can all mine. Don’t do many plastic decoys, but with proper prep work the Rust-Oleum for plastic seems to adhere the best.
     
  4. Woodduck31

    Woodduck31 Elite Refuge Member

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    I use all oil based enamels from rustoleum, part of it thinned to go through an airbrush. I've tried just about everything and have settled on oil based enamels, it will take you as far as your ability will go. This pair is all rustoleum.

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  5. Mean Gene

    Mean Gene Moderator Moderator

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    Ronan's Superfine Japan Colors. Oil based, airbrush or straight brush works great, wide variety of colors, dries dead flat. Downside is it's expensive. Upside is it's extremely durable.


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  6. TheDuckSlayer

    TheDuckSlayer Elite Refuge Member

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    what constitutes proper prep work
     
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  7. Native NV Ducker

    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator

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    First, get all the loose paint off. Wire brush, or maybe just a green 3M pad if they are in good shape.
    Next, get all the oil off. Including your hands (wear gloves) Simple Green, or something like that, works well.
    Then (in my case) a spray coat of primer. I used Kilz. Let that dry for a week.

    I don't have those decoys I pictured, but they are still in use. Some minor scratches, but they still look pretty good.
     
  8. JJVizinat

    JJVizinat Senior Refuge Member

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    Those specks look damn good Rick
     
  9. bill cooksey

    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    Pay attention to the second sentence. If the original paint is really stuck to the decoy, don't remove it.
     
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  10. Ruination

    Ruination Elite Refuge Member

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    Those look great.

    I think I am going the opposite direction. Anything that's really beat up is becoming a black duck.
     

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