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anyone ever paint their own spinnerbait blades?

it seems silly to me to have to keep buying a new spinner bait just because it has painted blades.

i would like to paint a bunch up for spares. i have a ton of spinnerbaits with no blades. for some reason, i always have my blades knocked off my bait when a fish hits it good. the swivels break in half and the blades are gone forever.

any one help?

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I have painted them quite a bit over the last few years. Just scuff the fisnish of the blade and paint away. You can add a clear coat for durability, but they all end up chipping up after a few boat rides on clair...

When you replace your blades and swivels, use a good quality ball bearing swivel (SAMPO). Thay arent cheap, but neither are blades...
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BENEFITS OF POWDER PAINTING

1. No Fumes
2. No Messy Cleanup
3. Odorless
4. One Coat Fast Drying
5. Extremely Chip Resistant and Durable
6. Non-Flammable
7. Non-Hazardous
8. No Solvents or Mixing Required
9. Brilliant High Gloss Fluorescent Finish in less than 10 sec.
10. http://www.luremaking.com/howto/powderpainting.htm

h2o<---says just check it out, and when baked there tuff.
 

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Make sure your buy a spray paint that will stick to metal like rust-oleum. Janns netcraft in toledo sells painted blades pretty cheap. Are they ball bearing swivels that are breaking?
 

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Of all the colors on the spectrum, what colors do you find most effective for spinnerbait blades? I currently have only three in my spinnerbait boxes: Red, Chartruese and White (all different baits). I've dabbled slightly in colored blades for spinnerbaits, but, I fear, that experimenting with different color combinations will only add to my already overzealous need for owning EVERY single color, weight and/or combination of a bait. I'm an addict
 

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On page333 of the BassPro 2004 master catalog there are bulk spinnerbait blades in various colors. They are minimal in price and would probably be the way to go instead of using powder paint. I use the powder paint for jigs, but have never tried them on blades. I have also never baked them, which is supposed to toughen up the finish. If you do decide to go with the powder paint, don`t do too many at a time as Mini stated, a run accross a rough lake might chip them up. I found that happening to my jigs. I just buy pre-painted jigs now. It is fasinating to watch the powder paint work, though. You can also put multiple colors on them too. By the way, both the powder paint and vinyl jig paint are found on page 334. Good luck in whatever you decide to do.
 

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I get self satisfaction knowing I DID THAT. Painting your own makes them unique knowing you did that, and knowing you caught them on your idea. Painting NEW blades like you will be doing i think will be easier than touching up old chiped ones. It seems that the job will look better and be more even. There's is alot of time left to do this and it's fun. I bet doing it yourself will make them more durable and last longer, also store your baits so they won't knock around while traveling.

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i am with h20 on this one. i have dont alot of modifying to my blades in the past. usually just adding glitter to metal blades. i like this in ultra clear water where you might not need as much flash. i think it can spook the fish in some situations. i fish a couple really clear lakes tho, so by glueing some glitter on the blade, it cuts down on the big flash and lets of a bunch of little sparkles when light reflects.

but for painting i would only be using two colors. white and chartruese. i have been wanting to experiment with a blade that has one side white, and one side chartruese. never know, might work. sounds good for a mostly coudy day.

i will pick up some powder paint next time im at bps. last time i was there they were out of chartruese tho.

thanks for the tips guys.

ok, heres the next question.

who custom paints there own hardbaits?

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My experience puts the powder paint ahead of any other type of paint finish! You have a lot of versatility in using the powder! You can do them in layers with base color, glitter and then clear coating to toughen the finish! With a little practice you can do multiple colors on different parts of the blades!

Jigs heads and sinkers are much easier to coat than blades because of how they retain heat! The key is how you heat the blade! The edges heat much faster then the middle so when you dip the blade it tends to cause lumps in the middle of the blade. To fix this you can simply bake them in an oven at 350 degrees. I made myself a jig on an old cookie sheet that hangs them from a wire! The jig can hold 12 blades at a time. This process evens out the coating and adds toughness! They turn out as good as any factory finish!

I learned this from the guys at Pro-Tec powder paint! In fact they will be at the Spring Classic fishing show again this year! You might want to stop out and visit with them. You can get some great tips on how to custom color just about anything!
 

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MadMan lol sounds like ya got the fishing pox......
Anyway the powders are fine in a pinch for a quick change of color, the next time your out and about stop by your local HOBBY SHOP.
A friend of mine that is into RC BOATS turned me onto Airspraying some time ago. A good hobby shop will carry a good selection of paints, and spray guns.
It is not expensive and this will allow you to spray your blades and your crank baits. with a little practice soon you can start spraying your own "Firetiger" patterns..
Just a hint with the crank baits,use the "stick-on" eyes ,they are alot easyer than trying to paint a small area....
Very little fumes or smell from the paint and it drys very quick, even the clear-coat finnish.
I hope this helps ya, now you can even spay your hooks to........
tight-lines RK
 
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