AC-DC's hit song Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap gets the credit for the topics wording. Most feather detail decoys when used in muddy water will need cleaned once in a while to bring out the colors. The muddy water leaves an accumulated film on them after use. They all look better when it's raining. Don't you all agree?
You can use soap and water to brighten the colors and remove the film in the feather details. But who's ever done that? Some of us hose them off at the end of the season.
To give them a cheap cleaning, and a wet look that will last a long time use tire cleaner foam. The big spray cans of foam are cheap to buy. Pick out a few dull colored ones that you think have needed repainted for years, and try it. :salude:
My dozen Green Winged Teal once looked pretty rough in the sunlight. After the foam cleaning and resulting wet look I was surprised at the difference. Waterfowlers get serious when it comes to decoy colors. October's issue of Field & Stream has a good article on refurbing dekes; Sportsman's Notebook on page 39.
Let me know what you all think after giving your decoys a shot,....of tire cleaner foam.
#1 If a falling duck's head is "held up" shoot again.
#2 If a downed duck lays still on the water with it's head "held down" straight out and you detect ANY movement across the current or not with the wind shoot again.