Foamer restoration project underway *complete*

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Foamer restoration project underway *complete*

Postby Bullfrog26692 » Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:00 pm

I have 27 foamers that need some love. They are a mix of Herters and homemade. I wanted to try something different to toughen them up without burlaping. I washed them up real good and knocked off the loose paint with sandpaper. I laid down two thick coats of 100% acrylic latex water based primer (Kilz 2) to prevent the foam from melting. I made sure I got into all the nooks and crannies to protect the foam and seal it well. I then sprayed 3 coats of Duplicolor paintable bedliner onto the surface. It seemed to take well but I will know for sure in 24 hours. They are tack free and they seem to be tough as nails. I'm going to restore these 6 at a time. I think the first 6 will be either pintails or black ducks. More to come...

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Re: Foamer restoration project underway

Postby dwhipper61 » Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:13 pm

Are you going to burlap them? I have about four dozen that need work.
Here are a few pics of a couple I worked on last year.
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Re: Foamer restoration project underway

Postby Bullfrog26692 » Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:23 pm

Those came out nice. I don't want to burlap honestly. If the bedliner hardens tough, like it seems to be doing, these will be indestructible. Tomorrow around 1ish I will know for sure, the wait begins, if not back to the drawing board.
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Re: Foamer restoration project underway

Postby dwhipper61 » Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:05 pm

Keep us posted. I used the Kilz 2 also. It seemed like it stayed tacky for several days before if cured all the way.
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Re: Foamer restoration project underway

Postby Bullfrog26692 » Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:03 pm

I had the same issue. The foam just sucks so much up it takes forever to dry. The next batch I'm going to go as light as possible on the first coat to seal it. Then come behind it with a nice cover coat.
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Re: Foamer restoration project underway

Postby Percidae_Papermouth » Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:43 pm

Whipper those look good, I've got some ol canvasbacks bluebills and golden eye foamers that my dad hunted over 30 years ago.... Sounds like a good August project.

Bullfrog I can wait to see how yours turns out...
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Re: Foamer restoration project underway

Postby Bullfrog26692 » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:07 pm

Bedliner cured up rock solid. I will be finished by Monady afternoon with these six. This was as far as I got tonight. I'm going to make some Redheads next.

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Black duck body painted, just need to paint the speculum feathers


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Got the base color down on the Pintails. I will cut in the black and white tomorrow


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Black duck head complete


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Just need to finish up the bill details and a second coat of white
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Re: Foamer restoration project underway *update*

Postby Bullfrog26692 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:59 pm

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Re: Foamer restoration project underway *complete*

Postby dwhipper61 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:00 am

Looks great. How heavy is the bedliner? let us know how the bedliner holds up, and if the decoys will self right. Are you attaching any type of keel?

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Re: Foamer restoration project underway *complete*

Postby Bullfrog26692 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:08 pm

It added a noticeable amount of weight. It's not bad in my opinion, but you wouldn't want to hump these on your back. I don't have a burlaped foamer to compare it to, but I would imagine that it adds just as much weight as that process would. The bottom of these decoys all have a chunk of lead formed into the bottom so I won't be adding keels. I just threw one in my pool and it self righted with no issues.
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Re: Foamer restoration project underway *complete*

Postby gooosehunter » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:54 am

Those birds look great! Next thing you know, you will be hook on decoys.
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Re: Foamer restoration project underway *complete*

Postby waterfowlman » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:06 pm

Good looking decoys Bullfrog. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Foamer restoration project underway *complete*

Postby goosesmacker » Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:29 am

BF, thanks for posting up. The decoys look good.!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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