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O.K. so I am trying a cheaper way of making jigs. I ended up buying some jigs off cabelas for .15 and am waiting for them still. I was thinking of buying some paint for them. I have never done this. Any tips?

Also, anyone have some cool paint patterns to try?

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Dan, are the jigs the plain lead head ones? Do you want the paint like the ones Rat Fink does? If so, then get the "powered paint" paint.


Mon Dec 17, 2007 10:33 pm
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I am up for trying different paints. I was thinking about starting with that powder stuff though.

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Gander and Bass Pro have the powder paint and regular Jig Paint. If you paint them all white 1st the color shows up better.

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dollar store finger nailpolish.........get some porcelain touch up paint for sinks and tubes to use as a primer.....

my dad and i have been maken jiggin spoons and jigs that way for years..some times you can find it 5 or 10 for a buck....and now days theres a lot more wild colors in nail polish then there used to be

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I second the nail polish suggestion. I've been re-painting Hot 'n Tots for a couple years now and the nail polish, followed by 2 coats of the clear holds up MUCH better than the factory paint. I usually take a stroll through the make-up/clearance isles at WalMart and Meijers when I'm in. I've picked up some really wild colors after Halloween and regular colors during the rest of the year. Most of the time, I get it for well under $1 a bottle. (The last stuff I got I think was $0.17. :D )

Very hard and wear resistant and as economical as you can find deals.

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BTW, don't be afraid to experiment with colors and patterns. Jigs are much smaller than tots, so your patterns will be limited. Some of the custom patterns on tots that I've developed have been deadly! (I'm guessing it's because the fish never see them until I troll by. ;) :D )

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i used to lmao watching my dad walk down the nail polish isles in stores....the way women looked at him it was unforgetable

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go with the turned brass beads, that's what I'm going to do. no painting involved.


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walleyejimh2007 wrote:
i used to lmao watching my dad walk down the nail polish isles in stores....the way women looked at him it was unforgetable


I get the same looks. I'm not a small guy either, which just makes it better. (6'7" tall and am wearing a 2XLT flannel shirt as I type this) :lol: What's even better is when I'm digging through a clearance bin with assorted make-up in it trying to find good/unusual colors. ;)

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I use glow jigs all the time now. But its getting expensive to buy them. I was wondering if you can cast tungston Jigs and where to get molds for it at? I quit using lead where ever possible. Where can I find good glow paint in red , orange blue and green glow paint. I tried some powder paint and could not get the hang of it. It just burnt and got nasty. I never could get it to powder up or glow just turned burnt color and fell off.
Help please! I love making jigs and stuff like that!
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Da-Roc, you are getting the lead too hot, it is burning the powder when you dip it, you only need 3-5 seconds of heat applied to the lead.

Stel, I just ordered 120.00 bucks worth of paint, have the powder, scribbles(yes, scribbles paint) and paint marking sticks. Have my brass beads coming(nickel in color) as well. Going to be making some really exciting jigs here soon, I'll make a few samples for ya to try out. So far this year I've spent around 300.00 dollars in tying materials, not counting paints. I'm still telling myself I'm saving loads of money this way. :D At this rate I'll have to tie around 3k jigs to break even, lol. I'm a one man wrecking crew trying to keep the economy going!!! :lol:


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I think in the long term you'll save money. Just think of all the time looking for that jig your wanting. I hate to think how much gas money I use chasing down Jigs and such that I want to try. I never seem to get the exact jig I want either. I know $300 bucks sounds like alot but you get to make exactly what you want. It is something that is yours too! Thats about priceless when your creation catches that first fish! A few guys in my bass club make there own stuff and kill us every outting. I know they are good fisherman but hey they match what ever they want and create stuff for each lake. I think it makes a bit of a difference. Plus they get to be the proud owner of a fish catching lure that they made. How cool is that! Being able to craft a lure is just awsome I think.
So you think melting the head of the jig is getting it to hot! Humm. I did not know you just barely heat it. I thought you had to make it soft. Tell me more. Cause I am going to try every tip! I would just think it would be so cool to try your creations too!!! I am honored!
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I started painting and tying jigs and already am saving money. I look at it this way, FHQ in wellstons sells jigs for .80 cents. I bought 150 jigs heads for 16 bucks. Bought paint that added up to around 50 bucks. I have painted around 120 jigs up.

Material
16
+50
=66

If I would have bought them from FHQ
120
x .80
=96

Already saved 30 bucks and still lots of paint left and jigs.


The only thing I can't figure out is how to make better designs w/ the vinlye paint or powder paint. Mine is all wacked out and I can't get a consistant pattern.

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hey steel photos might help with sugestons. on how to make them look better

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