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painting storm fronts into ringers and golden eyes

Postby goldfish » Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:43 pm

I'm going to paint a dozen storm front mallards into ring necks and golden eyes. How would you break that down if you were to do it? 6 and 6, with 4 drakes and 2 hens of each?

Any suggestions on paint? Spray paint work ok or should I go with brushing it on? I'll be picking it up from home depot most likely since it's right next to me.
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Re: painting storm fronts into ringers and golden eyes

Postby hillbilly.. » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:28 pm

Now from wat I've gatherd from readin on here id do 2 drake golides and 4 hens ..ringers3/3. That's just me...I had a doze ringers but owed a buddy sum cash so I traded him 10 ringers. Now I got 6 goldies all drakes seems bit much to me.. with the paint make sure its flat lol dnt want shiny deks
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Re: painting storm fronts into ringers and golden eyes

Postby goldfish » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:32 pm

So I shouldn't use a bedazzler on them, got it, lol.

That's the first I've heard someone say to use more hens than drakes?

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Re: painting storm fronts into ringers and golden eyes

Postby hillbilly.. » Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:54 pm

I sure wouldn't want to stop at a party that a sausagefest.
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Re: painting storm fronts into ringers and golden eyes

Postby goldfish » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:28 pm

I thought it was a color/visibility thing since the drakes are usually brighter

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Re: painting storm fronts into ringers and golden eyes

Postby halfscoop » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:34 am

I think the hens are the way to go. I have 4d/2h Tanglefree goldeneye which is enough for my situation. If you want to change from hens to drakes just repaint them given that combo doesn't work for you. Separate them and see where the birds try to land. That will tell you for sure. Good luck.
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Re: painting storm fronts into ringers and golden eyes

Postby loon » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:21 am

zinser adhesive primer for a first coat works great on plastic decoys then I use Parker paints they will ship them from green bay and are known for good flat decoy and duck boat paints. the drakes are more visible for sure but young drakes look like hens and young and old hens look about the same so a lot more ducks in the fall are hen colored . I use about 50 50 mix. the ducks arent breeding in fall so they dont care if its a sausage fest. 70% hens would be more natural 50% is an effective comprimise between visibility and duplicating nature for me :thumbsup:
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Re: painting storm fronts into ringers and golden eyes

Postby loon » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:22 am

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Re: painting storm fronts into ringers and golden eyes

Postby goldfish » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:03 pm

Well, they were new decoys so I didn't prep the paint too much, just scuffed them up with a scouring pad.

Ringers are all I've done so far:
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Re: painting storm fronts into ringers and golden eyes

Postby BBK » Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:11 pm

What did you use for black on those? looks real shiny.

Never did ringers or golden eyes, but I paint my storm fronts into bluebills. Had some more but now I'm down to 4 drakes and 1 hen. I put them on the edge of our puddle duck spread for the divers (ringnecks and bluebills) that cruise the marshes/rivers.

For the black I use rustoleum wrought iron black, for the white/gray I use rustoleum gray primer and flat white. For the clear, flat clear from walmart. I believe it is krylon brand, its on the top shelf. Make sure its flat and not semi-gloss or gloss.


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