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Old Duck Hunter, First-Time Decoy Painter

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  1. Green Duck Truck

    Green Duck Truck Washington State Moderator Moderator

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    I was frustrated at not being able to find some truly ultra-light decoys for hiking, so I finally decided to paint my own. I bought some ancient Carry-Lite styrofoam floating shells on eBay and on Craigslist, bought a mallard painting kit from Parker Paints, and started in! I spend a lot of time up at my cabin this time of year, and have found it an excellent place to do some leisurely decoy painting. I posted my process on the WA Forum, but I thought some of you on the Decoy Forum might enjoy seeing an "old newbie's" efforts.
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    First I coated the tops of these decoys with waterproof wood glue to make them a little tougher, and to fill in some minor holes. There were a few spots where the styrofoam had gotten a little rough after 50 years, and this helped bind those areas solidly back together.
    Then they all got a coat of spray primer.
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    I read a few things to get some advice on painting. I didn't really follow the steps of any one source, just took the pointers that made sense to me, and filled in the other steps the best I could.
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  2. Green Duck Truck

    Green Duck Truck Washington State Moderator Moderator

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  3. Green Duck Truck

    Green Duck Truck Washington State Moderator Moderator

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    Here's the finished drakes, as well as a before and after picture. They are far from perfect, but I think they will work just fine. I'd love any input (positive or constructive criticism) from you on the Decoy Forum. I know some of you have been doing this for decades. Next come the hens. I can see why people get hooked on decoy painting. I'm finding it to be cheap therapy! :yes

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  4. Birdcrazy

    Birdcrazy Elite Refuge Member

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    Looking good GDT....:tu
     
  5. Bluesclues

    Bluesclues Refuge Member

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    Nice job! Those will hunt.
     
  6. reddogge

    reddogge Senior Refuge Member

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    Very nice job. Maybe go back and hit the primaries with some dark brown.
     
  7. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Elite Refuge Member

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    Them birds will hunt. Nice job.
     
  8. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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  9. Out of focus

    Out of focus Elite Refuge Member

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    It appears I am surrounded by experts.
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    GUNNERX2 Elite Refuge Member

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    Very nice.
     

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