ScaupHunter wrote:Last year my entire spread was Craigslist repaints. I paid less than $1.50 a decoy with the paint price included. I gave half the spread to buddies and sold the other half for more than I had into it. This year will be all foamers I made myself.
A lot of truth to this and he is obviously speaking of experience. If money is the problem, buy on CL and repaint. You can find duck floaters on there everyday.
I've repainted some and its a lot of time. To paint a drake mallard you'll need black, white, green, grey, brown, yellow. I did mine in steps so each color was a different stage. After all that the paint I used wasn't great and ended up coming off in the normal spots. Sometimes it is just better to buy new.
Would you rather spend $70 on a dozen GHG lifesize or spend a bunch of time cleaning/preparing, painting (not to mention the cost of the paint, brushes, thinner)?
In addition if you are new to duck hunting you likely don't know about the crappy water keels on the old flambaeu and carrylite decoys. I like to be able to chuck my decoys out to where I want them. With the water keels, they don't always land right-side up so then you get to walk/paddle out and deal with that hassle.
If you like to tinker around and paint, go ahead. I like painting decoys, its fun. If you don't have the time or don't want to do it, buy new or used in good shape. I'd stay away from the types I mentioned above that you'll find on CL.