APPLYING POWDER PAINTS
Stir settled powder to make it fluffy and light. To apply Pro-Tec Powder Paint to jigs, hold the jig by the hook with your fingers or hemostats (I use hemostats). Preheat jigs by rotating through the flame of a torch or your gas range using a small flame. Hook will stay cool. Rotate jig in the blue part of flame for 2 seconds for 1/16 oz. jigs, 4 seconds for 1/4 oz. jigs, and so on. You may also preheat jigs in a 325 degree F oven for 15 minutes or use a cigarette lighter. A heat gun also works extremely well for preheating and is what I use, but takes longer to heat.
Once hot, quickly swish the jig through light powder with a side to side motion to cover the entire surface. Do not dip or push jigs into power. Remove IMMEDIATELY. The surface will then melt and gloss over. If the jig smokes, reduce the preheat time slightly. If the jig appears powdery and dry, increase the preheat time. Continue to keep the powder loose and fluffy between painting.
You can use the jigs immediately, however, curing the lure will produce an
extremely durable, chip resistant finish and I highly recommend doing so. Jigs may be "cured' by hanging them in
an oven at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Allow a few minutes for your jigs to
get up to temperature. Lures with weed guards should be cured at 250 degrees F
for 25 minutes. Always open the eye of the hook with an eye buster or sharp object before
Stick-on eyes will stick well to powder painted items. Eyes can be painted on jigs using liquid vinyl lure and jig finish. Use non-fluorescent colors such as black, red or yellow. If curing the jigs, eyes must be painted on after the jigs have been properly cured. Stick-on eyes are not permanent.
TWO TONE JIGS
There are a couple of options for two tone jigs. You can dip into the first color, return the jig to the flame for a few seconds to even out the coat, and then dip into the second color. Two-tone jigs can also be painted by dipping powder painted jigs in liquid vinyl paint for the second color (after curing). Since the jig now contains two coats of paint, there may be a tendency to drip if cured.
Tops and Bottoms
You can "feather" the tops and bottoms of jigs by using a small paintbrush or salt shaker filled with powder paint. Dip the jig as you normally would with the base color. Return the jig to the heat source for a couple of seconds and then dip the paintbrush in the powder paint and hold it about 4-6 inches above the jig. Tap the paintbrush lightly to drop paint on the jig. Once perfected, this technique looks just like airbrushing.
MetalFlake and Pro-Flake Glitters
MetalFlake glitter is specially formulated for our powder paints and can add a new dimension to your lures. Mix approximately 1 part MetalFlake to every 10 parts of CLEAR GLOSS powder paint (adjust ratio to achieve desired results).
glitter comes pre-mixed with clear powder paint and ready for application.
Immediately after applying PRO-TEC color coat, swish the still hot jig back and forth through the clear powder and MetalFlake mixture. This will melt over the top of the color and produce an extremely deep, high gloss glitter effect.