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Re-painted deeks- post 'em up

Postby GoldieRetriever50 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:12 am

Just re-painted these decoys. What ya think? Constructive criticism welcome.

The mallards are this years Banded blocks. The pintails are old GHG blocks from 2003. I'm especially curious on what you think about my pintail job. Hard to paint. I'm no professional that's for sure. I like being able to make each decoy a little different. As you will see with the pintails. Gadwalls are next and look to be tricky as well, at least I think the heads will be. Lots of mallard hens to do too yet.

Paint is Reel Wings UV Vision.

Tips...suggestions....or leave 'em as is?

I love to see some other paint jobs. Post 'em up.
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Re: Re-painted deeks- post 'em up

Postby Garand » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:16 am

Look great to me!

How about some details? Like what types and colors you used?

I painted up about 3 doz Herters foamers a few years ago and have been thinking about trying to repaint some of my plastic decoys this year.
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Postby JuniorPre 360 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:05 am

I'd like to know what color you used on the mallard heads.
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Postby jscheirer » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:39 am

I've never tried to repaint much so I don't want to criticize. I've only done divers which are easy. I would however like to see gray on the mallard body.

http://turbostrackandtour.blogspot.com/2012/04/wood-duck-and-others.html

There is a mallard drake halfway down this page that might help with reference. Great detail on both repaints though, keep up the good work.
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Postby Honk-n-quack » Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:46 pm

I'd like to know what you used for the mallards head aswell
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Postby JuniorPre 360 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:47 pm

Honk-n-quack wrote:I'd like to know what you used for the mallards head aswell

Hopefully we get a reply before next season :thumbsup:
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Re: Re-painted deeks- post 'em up

Postby GoldieRetriever50 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:20 pm

I used the mallard drake kit from Reel Wings UV Vision. The kit includes black, grey, white, yellow, chest brown, and the green for the head. The green has glitter in it and boy does it sparkle. The kit does about 2-3 dozen deekes and costs 45.99.

The mallard is actually painted gray and it seemed to be a bit light to me. I may darken a few up.
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Postby Garand » Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:51 pm

Did the kit come with a painting guide/template or did you just build the pattern yourself?
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Postby GoldieRetriever50 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:04 pm

No template. I free handed it. Looked at the old paint sceme and pics on line and away I went. Had a trial and error or two.

They sell the paint kits for almost every duck.
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Postby AKWoody » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:35 pm

Check this out. I havent tried it, but seems pretty helpful. Mallards, blacks, pintails, and widgeon.

http://www.takeem.com/tp.php
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Re: Re-painted deeks- post 'em up

Postby GoldieRetriever50 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:52 pm

Pretty good website. His decoys look good. I think I'm going to make my mallards a little darker on the body. I like the way his look.

I'm no biologist or expert but I've read that ducks can see UV colors which we humans can't. Reel Vision says that's what is added to their paint this making it better than standard store bought, making their paint better. I'm hoping its true but again I'm only going off of what I read. Can anyone else shed some light on his philosophy? I'd hate for guys to spend the time using store bought paint when they could spend a little more money and make their Deeks stick out that much more.
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Postby Honk-n-quack » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:15 pm

I think its marketing hype. People have killed ducks for many years with regular paint
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Postby GoldieRetriever50 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:51 pm

Could very well be.
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Re: Re-painted deeks- post 'em up

Postby Mean Gene » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:23 am

OP's decoys will work fine. Sprig look real good. OP asked for pics of other repaints, so here's a couple of ones I've done this year.


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Postby woodduck31 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:21 am

here are some of the repaints we have done.

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new zealand pacific blacks with a mallard drake.
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repainted corks.
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these are some hollow lightweight herters that were really beat up.
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Postby Mean Gene » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:30 am

Great blending Don. Nice how one color flows into the next. :thumbsup:


How about some other folks. Personally I like looking at other people's work. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Postby Dr Swane » Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:19 pm

3 year old beat up GHG Hot Buys repainted as Blacks as well as some touched up mallard a drakes. More to go
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Postby Honk-n-quack » Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:35 pm

DR Swane, what color did you use for the heads?
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Postby Dr Swane » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:32 pm

Mallards were a blend of hunter green and holiday green acrylics and a matte finish with black blended into the tops and cheeks and eye. Blacks were a base of graphite gray with chocolate brown, khaki, tan, and light grey all dry brushed and blended in. I'll get more pictures when I dig out the finished ones of the shed. All snowed in now. Matte Krylon on all of the birds, hand brushed acrylic paint over black primer.
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Postby Dr Swane » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:50 pm

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Re: Re-painted deeks- post 'em up

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:01 pm

Just did my first ever duck flocking and shading on the heads with an airbrush.
Only did the heads and chests so far. Going to keep going slow for a while.
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Postby OregonSpeck85 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:59 pm

Mean Gene wrote:OP's decoys will work fine. Sprig look real good. OP asked for pics of other repaints, so here's a couple of ones I've done this year.


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Those specks are insane!
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Postby Fsbirdhouse » Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:26 pm

Now that I've done about a dozen and a half greenheads, I'm beginning to become a little less Ham Handed with the airbrush, and adding the shading a little a time. The subtle approach is the key, I find.
All the full body duck's greenheads are done, and now for the floaters.
I have really cheap floaters, but they will be perfect for practice.
Went to our DU committee meeting last night, and everybody saw one of the two decoys in the picture, and now they all want to bring the dekes over to learn how to do theirs also (as tho I should teach anybody).
Little do they know that once I get my hands on theirs, I'm locking the garage 'til their dekes are finished, then they can have them back! It'll be good practice for me.
I've got two DU banquets coming up, and all my tickets are going into the buckets next to duck decoys!
I've only got about 120 goose and duck decoys, and need to build my duck floaters up with some nice ones. Hope those tickets get drawn!
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Re: Re-painted deeks- post 'em up

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:13 pm

BTW:
Don't know how anyone else does this, but how do you cover the eyes on the duck or goose heads when painting and flocking?
I've been using a Q tip to put a film of vaseline on them.
Paint won't stick, and although the flock adheres to the film, it wipes off easily.
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Re: Re-painted deeks- post 'em up

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:08 pm

Another step in the quest for a drake Mallard complete... was the chestnut chest.
New flock arrived from Donjer today. Did some mixing.
Result next to a painted deke. Painted on right.
Getting closer! Now for the back!
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