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Painting Mallards to Divers

Postby Bandit29 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:45 am

Working on building a diver spread. Getting some Flambeau mallards cheap and will be painting like Bluebills. How accurate do they need to be. Seen some posts on here where the decoys look really good. Do I need to put the grey on their backs or can I just paint flat black rear, chest, head with all white sides and back and greyish bill? Might paint a few redheads too. Any tips?
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Re: Painting Mallards to Divers

Postby Cajun1085 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:14 am

They don't need to be works of art for divers. I believe it's a numbers game for divers depending on the body of water.
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Re: Painting Mallards to Divers

Postby jstewart_1981 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:38 pm

Sent ya a message on how I done mine. Good luck! I didn't use any grey either.
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Re: Painting Mallards to Divers

Postby koonce727 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:07 pm

Black and white is really all you need to kill divers
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Re: Painting Mallards to Divers

Postby Duck Collector » Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:40 pm

Painted mine solid black with bed liner spray paint and a white strip around the sides and over the back. The divers fly over all the rest of the decoys and land with those i painted.
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Re: Painting Mallards to Divers

Postby Duck Collector » Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:58 pm

I actually painted the eyes and bill on this one but the rest i left all black. All the divers prefer these decoys than anything else.Image
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Re: Painting Mallards to Divers

Postby rnloutdoors » Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:25 pm

This is an older thread so sorry but I'm on a budget and looking at painting some old mallards to blue bills. My question is can I paint over the old paint or do I need to sand it down?

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Re: Painting Mallards to Divers

Postby clymerfowler » Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:39 am

you can paint over. just rough it up.
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Re: Painting Mallards to Divers

Postby duckhunter1959 » Sat May 03, 2014 4:34 am

You don't have to be an artist but I would use the grey on the back. I painted some mallards to bluebills and they worked great!!
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Re: Painting Mallards to Divers

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:48 pm

Duck Collector wrote:I actually painted the eyes and bill on this one but the rest i left all black. All the divers prefer these decoys than anything else.Image


You know you can set the decoy down when painting, right?
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Re: Painting Mallards to Divers

Postby DuckinFool » Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:48 pm

I am digging through some of my old Flambeau's and am turning them into redhead drakes. Still have the eyes and white stripe across the bills to do.

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Re: Painting Mallards to Divers

Postby DuckinFool » Thu Jul 31, 2014 1:38 pm

WoodyWhiffingMG wrote:
Duck Collector wrote:I actually painted the eyes and bill on this one but the rest i left all black. All the divers prefer these decoys than anything else.Image


You know you can set the decoy down when painting, right?


That's what my hand looks like when I paint them. :thumbsup:
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Re: Painting Mallards to Divers

Postby UpSouth811 » Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:15 pm

I used to take my time and put details like eye color and bills. Now a days I'm lucky if I don't just leave all black and not even put any white. Same results if not better
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Re: Painting Mallards to Divers

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:15 pm

DuckinFool wrote:
WoodyWhiffingMG wrote:
Duck Collector wrote:I actually painted the eyes and bill on this one but the rest i left all black. All the divers prefer these decoys than anything else.Image


You know you can set the decoy down when painting, right?


That's what my hand looks like when I paint them. :thumbsup:


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