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    My First Decoy Paint Job

    Its my first season duck hunting and I recently got a really good deal on some hand me down decoys as a friend of mine is upgrading for next season.There was one mallard drake in the bunch who was in a bit rougher shape.So I thought with nothing to lose Iíd try and repaint it.
    I have read that having a couple Black Ducks in your spread can be useful and help lure in birds,it also seemed like one of the more basic colour schemes to try and start with which made me a little more comfortable to be honest.
    So I dug around the house for some old acrylic paints and brushes and got to work....

    All the painting I did was by brush and with only 5 different actual paint colours (all other variations are just by mixing, for example I didnít have blue paint so I used a mix of food colouring and white paint....)
    I still have to fill the holes where I cut off the Drakes tail curls (didnít make much sense to leave them on a hen) and then Iíll give it a matte clear coat and add it to my spread of decoys.

    I am sure there are many more talented and qualified guys on here that do this sort of thing to a much higher level,but I am honestly pretty happy for my first attempt using only stuff I had kicking around the house,as this was kind of an experiment,if I was gunna do it again I would go out and pick up a few proper colours and paints and make my life a little easier.

    Just figured Iíd drop it here and see if I am on the right track with this or if beauty is just in the eye of the beholder.

    Be gentle guys,but let me know what ya think
    Greg
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    Re: My First Decoy Paint Job

    They look Wonderfull, Well done. Steve!

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    Re: My First Decoy Paint Job

    That looks great! Looks like a good way to spend cold winter evenings.

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    Re: My First Decoy Paint Job

    Looks great, well done!

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    Re: My First Decoy Paint Job

    Great job DD.
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    Re: My First Decoy Paint Job

    Dang were do we send ours for such a nice paint job, well done.

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    Re: My First Decoy Paint Job

    Looks real good. In the future I wouldn’t bother cutting off curls there not that smart. Also if they are close enough to see curls you should have taken the shot.

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    Re: My First Decoy Paint Job

    Quote Originally Posted by pnbrock View Post
    Looks real good. In the future I wouldn’t bother cutting off curls there not that smart. Also if they are close enough to see curls you should have taken the shot.
    Yeah that had kinda crossed my mind as I stared at the hole after I cut them off,Definitely a step I would skip next time.

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    Re: My First Decoy Paint Job

    Thanks all around guys,I will be working on touching up all my decoys this off season,nothing to this extent but just fixing chipped paint.

    It was a really relaxing way to spend A couple hours of a snowy day.

    Anyone have tips on a clear coat to use?I have an old can of Painters Choice Matte Coat unless someone has a strong recommendation probably just gunna use that,just gotta wait for the garage to be warm enough to do some spraying.
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    Re: My First Decoy Paint Job

    They look great!!

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