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  1. Green Duck Truck

    Green Duck Truck Washington State Moderator Moderator

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    I have been very impressed so far with how spot on Parker Paints colors have been in their decoy painting kits. That is until I got to the mallard hen bill color (Cedar Brown). To me it is way too brown, without enough orange to it. What say you ‘Fuge decoy painting experts? Thanks for the help.
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  2. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    Just for giggles, mix a tiny bit of that brown and the drake bill color. Maybe play with the mix a bit. It's worth a try.
     
  3. camano gibby

    camano gibby Elite Refuge Member

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    According to steve sanford, go to home depot, get a behr paint sample in "marmalade" color, PPU 3-2 code.
    This guy is the guru of duckboats.net, and puts out some beautiful working decoys. His go to paint type for most decoys is the behr, flat, water base in the sample size containers.
    Haven't done mallards, but have followed his recipe for Brant, and they seem to work fine.
     
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  4. Rubberhead

    Rubberhead Elite Refuge Member

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    Just go pick up a satin orange rattle can from Wally World...yeah, I know it's a shoveler but it'll work...if it's too orange just spray it on some wax paper and cut it with a little of the Parkers...

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  5. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    I looks to me like Parker's mislabeled that can of brown paint.
    Brown is a mix of yellow and black. Adding more yellow will make a lighter brown.
    Just about any orange paint will work. Orange is a mix of yellow and red.
     
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    Mean Gene Moderator Moderator

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  7. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Elite Refuge Member

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    The majority of all my birds are painted at least in part with Behr paints.

    Two browns, three greys, a black and a white. But I also have a few accents mixed up that will last forever. So much overspray on the cans that I am not sure the numbers of those anymore.
     

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