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keeping paint on decoys

Postby kyfowler » Thu Sep 08, 2005 3:16 pm

last season i painted some old mallard decoys as bluebills and halfway through the season the paint started to chip. i heard that if you put kilz primer on before you paint that will help. has anyone every done this and what are some other ways to keep the paint on.
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Postby duckdog » Thu Sep 08, 2005 3:34 pm

I have the same problem coming up, I'm afraid. I just painted some carrylite's that were losing all there paint. Painted them with spray paint, and they don't look like they are going to hold up. Thought that mabye a water proof sealer or something would help
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Postby DUKHTR » Thu Sep 08, 2005 3:35 pm

preparation is so very important when painting plastics......I have a few plastics I keep handy and they were re-painted quite awhile back and no problems since........I always scrape the old paint off as much as possible with a brass brush, power wash more off, then wash with acetone and flash them with a hand torch.....never handle with bare with rustoleum plastic primer.....latex ext paint with some acrylic paint for detail work and small areas
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Postby texan68 » Thu Sep 08, 2005 3:44 pm

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Postby Cobra » Thu Sep 08, 2005 7:23 pm

Preperation is the key but if you are using latex paints then you need to do them early. I've found that the stuff takes a long time to properly cure, usually have any painting done by no later than the end of August for a early October start. Generally get a few seasons out of them that way.
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Postby Mr. 16 gauge » Sat Sep 10, 2005 4:12 pm

Another problem could just be the *%#$ carry-lites! They have had more problems with paint coming off of them than I can remember.....I bought a package of redheads from a local store and when I pulled the cellophane wrapper off, the paint came off with it! I tried to complain to carry-lite, but they have no website and no contact information was given on the I don't buy carrylites anymore! :pissed:

I have a pair of mallards that won't hold paint at ALL!!! matter what I try. This year they are going 'bye-bye'; I am setting them free and they can become some other hunters decoy painting nightmare!
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Postby vitaminE » Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:44 pm

I've had good luck with Testors Dull Cote. It's a clear FLAT laquer and one can will cover about a dozen and a half standard decoys. It really seems to help cut down on the paint loss that occures while decoys are knocking around in the bag. I applied mine in three or four light coats.
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Postby DUKHTR » Sat Sep 17, 2005 5:29 pm

Two EXCELLENT points Cobra and E........I certainly meant to mentioin the cure time and thank you for the add-on Cobra! As for the dullcote.....there is a spray I have used from Krylon that will give a sortuv 'flat' sheen to the finish which is a good is Matte Finish 1311 I think.
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