David wrote:What I've done in the past if they were just plastic decoys and not much life left in them is paint them flat black. Don't worry about adding any other colors, eyes or anything else. They will work like a champ.
Slack Tide wrote:Wow.... all flat black?? I wonder why they wouldn't just make them that way if they worked that well?
I recently made a bunch of goose floaters into brant to bulk up a friend's rig who only has a dozen. I wire brushed them, sprayed them with clear PLASTIC primer, one good coat of High Temp (ultra flat stove paint), then some touch ups in thin spots, then white tail and cheeks, then a coat of dull, clear coat spray.. They look fantastic.
You can fill in any chunks of missing foam with a variety of fill materials. I then add some PL or 500 to be sure the head is solid to the body (sometimes with extended use they get flimsy, like herters with the Eye Bolt)
In the case of black ducks, I'll paint them with rustoleum flat black and sawdust them wet. When they dry, another coat of High Temp, then the clear dull spray.
If you have any herters that have the steel exposed keel that rusts and flakes. I take a wire brush to that, get it clean, then smear silicone on it liberally to seal it and stop the rust.
Many steps, but if you do it, you will restore your decoys with a little work and a few cans of paint for many more years.....
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