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Clear Coat Advice..

Postby click » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:12 am

I have seen a bunch of post's about folks using clear coat on your decoys to protect the paint a little bit more. My question is basically if you done it did you see a difference in how long the factory paint lasted and what type of clear coat did you use.
I have several dozen 1-3 year old GHG's that have varying amounts of chips and paint rubs. I also have 1 dozen newly rigged for this year, as well as 1 dozen dakota mallard floater i recently Purchased. I am thinking about clear coating the avery's, should i also clear coat the dakotas before i install the flocked heads?
ok so it was actually a few questions, but any advice is welcome.
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby cliffordingles » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:10 am

Krylon 1311 I believe it is. I cleared all my new deeks last year. The GHG HotBuys literaly still look new. And so do my butt ups. Now for the flamblows teals, they are horrible... but that's because of the crappy paint flamblow used. After looking at my GHG's I recommend using the clear coat.
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby DucknGoodTime » Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:43 am

The Krylon 1311 Matte spray is what you need
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby Black Smoke » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:27 am

What if you spray it on flocking? I have fully flocked geese should I spray it on those?
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby DucknGoodTime » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:42 am

I wouldn't do the flocking. Applied right it should last as long as paint. I've never read where anyone's done it but if your curious flick a test strip and try it just fir grins.
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby MassDecoyCarver » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:30 am

I use Krylon FLAT, not the matte.
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby RookieJ » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:42 am

I second the FLAT response. I sprayed matte on some Canadas I repainted last year and the geese seemed to avoid me on sunny days.
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby cluckmeister » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:25 pm

I tried the Matte and it didn't appeal to me at all,
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby PetriDuck » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:31 pm

i used matte as well, not impressed. Thinking of rubbing some mud on em, then dipping them in the water, hopefully take the sheen off of them a bit :fingerhead:
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby Weedwacker » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:08 pm

I rubbed mine with some alcohol ,no not the good stuff you pour over ice :beer: after i hit them with a couple coats of matte finish.

Seemed to take the sheen off them without hurting the paint or clear coat,just dimmed it a bit.

Try It no one and then take it outside , put it next to one that has not been wiped with alcohol for your own judgement .
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby cluckmeister » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:51 pm

Weedwacker , after seeing your post, I headed out to the garage, didn't have alcohol except for the beer in the fridge, but did find some mineral spirits. I tried it on the one decoy that I had applied the Matte finish to, it did dull the finish. It may have taken the clear off but that's OK at least the decoy looks good again.
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby Weedwacker » Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:01 pm

cluckmeister wrote:Weedwacker , after seeing your post, I headed out to the garage, didn't have alcohol except for the beer in the fridge, but did find some mineral spirits. I tried it on the one decoy that I had applied the Matte finish to, it did dull the finish. It may have taken the clear off but that's OK at least the decoy looks good again.


Careful with the spirits!,!!!

That is paint remover, it will take color with it........

Wait and get some alcohol, non drinking kind :beer:
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby cluckmeister » Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:20 pm

I thought that perhaps the mineral spirits might take the paint off as well as the clear finish, so I used a white rag and used just enough to dull the clear, I didn't get any color off on the rag so I don't think I lost any of the original paint
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby MrsOW » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:46 pm

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Matte 1311 turned my beautiful painted deeks into flaky crap. Just sayin'. Looking for something different this year. The Krylon 1311 is a craft topcoat. If ur spending the hrs to paint ur deeks I would t use the 1311. Just my personal opinion of course. Beware 1312 does not provide waterproof or UV protection to your white will more than likely fade. If going with Krylon I suggest acrylic paint and not oil based. You'll thank me later ;)
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby garlicsalt » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:35 pm

i have not seen this krylon flat. where do you find that ?
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby SKFOOTER » Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:39 pm

garlicsalt wrote:i have not seen this krylon flat. where do you find that ?

Wal Mart has it.
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby AR Dave » Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:26 pm

Took 1 can of 1311 to give 12 Magnum Higdon Mallards 3 coats.
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby Full Force Five » Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:22 am

A few points: Don't over spray them like you're painting something. Apply a light mist type layer. If you over spray I think they become shinny. Apply a couple layers. I've only used the FLAT or 1311. I've only done this on new decoys. I think it help protect the factory paint job and add an extra layer. I did this to my new Avian X mallards and it really helped.
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby AR Dave » Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:42 am

I was kinda wanting a little shine on the green heads, but the 1311 kept em flat (saw that when I compared one I'd missed). I sprayed a pretty good mist over them, with 20 mins intervals. Higdons don't chip paint in the first place, but I felt like I was really doing something constructive. Going to spray a dozen (1 season old) G&H Gadwall today.
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby nickbowen5 » Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:43 pm

I just bought some Krylon UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating(MATTE) think it will work? They don't have any 1311 around here.
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby mudpack » Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:19 pm

1. Testor's Dull Cote.

2. I've used all sorts of clear/flat finishes and it doesn't make the paint stick any better. Might protect it from very light scratches, but nothing more severe.

3. Conclusion: waste of time and effort.
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Re: Clear Coat Advice..

Postby Black Smoke » Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:02 am

If you buy new decoys look into Tanglefree seems to me that the paint doesn't need the flat clear because the paint applied is already flat.
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