Fishermun's Lure Coat is a lacquer based product. We recommend using acetone for thinning, if necessary. M.E.K., Toluene, Xylene or Lacquer Thinner may also be used. The fastest evaporating of these solvents is Acetone, then MEK, then Toluene, then Xylene, then, usually, Lacquer Thinner. We like to tell people that "Lacquer Thinner" is like a hot dog - with a hot dog, you know it's meat, you just don't know what is in it. The same goes with "Lacquer Thinner" - different manufacturers use different ingredients. If you have one that you have gotten used to - that works well for you, please feel free to use it! Your weather and temperature conditions will have a lot to do with your choice of solvent. The colder it is, probably the hotter (faster evaporating) the solvent you'll need. In the summer you may need to go to a "slower" solvent. Thinning is, of course, relative to the application. In spraying operations, we have found that the Fishermun's Lure Coat needs to be thinned about 25% to start. This is one part thinner to four parts Lure Coat. Then we adjust from there depending on the conditions. Dipping will be a whole different story. Dipping operations will probably require a thicker product, so less thinning will be necessary. If you use a rotation system after dipping, you will be able to use even thicker paint. It really all depends on how, where, when and on what you are using it!
We recommend a bright white undercoat, such as our Fishermun's Lure Coat White Undercoat, be applied prior to all of our colors. This allows the light to enter through the paint, reflect off of the white and go back through the color giving the brightest finish. As always, though, there are exceptions to every rule! On brass, nickel, lead, tin, aluminum and other bright-finish metals, a nice effect can be produced by painting the transparent color directly over the metal. This method will give a more subdued appearance to the finish while adding some of the reflective characteristics of the original metal. As for primers, well, that is up to you. You know your product material better than we do. While we can tell you that we use this or that, and that this other thing has not worked for us at all, you may have tried those same things and found that they work well for your application. Experimentation is the key.
Good results have been obtained using airbrushes, touchup guns and various other types of spray equipment. As with the other items referred to in this note, your results will depend on your application and means of use. Experimentation seems to be the best teacher.
Our Holographic Glitter colors are made with .008" (Eight Thousandths) glitter, so a spray device with an orifice larger than that would be required. We use a .030" orifice and can apply glitters at a fairly low pressure. Remember to keep the paint agitated, as the glitter will settle to the bottom of the cup.
Drying times will vary also.
We spray a coat of color, put the rack of lures in a 100 degree oven for 15 or 20 minutes then bring the lures back out for the next coat. Our White Undercoat dries very quickly - we do not use the oven between white coats, just wait a few minutes and then re-coat.
The colors should be dried thoroughly prior to clear coating with S-81 Top Coat. We allow the colors to dry for about 4 hours before Top Coating.
Top Coat will dry in a similar amount of time. We have found that after a few hours in the 100 degree oven and after cooling down, the lures can be dumped in the wooden boxes we use for temporary storage with no adverse effects.
Testing indicates that our coatings are worm-proof.
Our Lure Coat and Top Coat are UV stable.
Scratch and Chip resistance is extremely high with our Top Coat.
For those painting lead products, you will be AMAZED! Our Top Coat forms an extremely durable "eggshell" around your lures/jigs/baits and holds the colors tightly.
If you have any suggestions, recommendations, questions, complaints - or if you merely want to swap fish stories, please email us! We are always glad to hear from our customers.
Dick Nite® Spoons have been around since before 1940 helping fishermen, fisherwomen, and fisherkids to enjoy Trout Fishing, Salmon Fishing, and Shad Fishing, just to mention a few of the species which have fallen to our fishing tackle! Four Salmon World Records have been set using our fishing lures, and at least one State record (Oregon - Shad) that we are aware of. Our fishing lures have been used for trout fishing for over 60 years for one reason - they work! Salmon fishermen have become dependant on our lures for their Coho (Silver Salmon) and Humpy (Pink Salmon) catches in the rivers of the Northwest.
We are very glad to have you visiting our site, and hope that you enjoy your time here! If you are a fishing tackle manufacturer, fisherman, or fishing tackle hobbiest who likes to make your own fishing tackle, you will be interested in our Fishermun's Lure-Coat® line of fishing tackle paints. Fishermun's Lure-Coat® is excellent for use on metal, plastic, wood, lead and foam fishing lures and tackle. Many large fishing tackle manufacturers use our paints, so it is also excellent for repairing those fishing lures in your tackle box that have been chipped, faded, or scratched and don't work quite right anymore! Again, enjoy your stay and tight lines!