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Does anybody use powder coat paint on their jig heads? I've thought about using it and would like to know what you use and where you get your paint. I've done some research but nothing beats a first hand account of the process.

Thanks, Garrett Ritter

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I started using the powder coat paint this year. It really is much cleaner and faster than painting with liquid paints.

Yup Dick is right and I used to do it too and got all my supplies from Jann's netcraft in DIck's back yard!!!!!! Easy to use and vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvery durable.

We sure do. Great to use as attracting colors. I normally get mine on eBay. But, you can also use nail polish paint to do similar coating, and recoat with a hard as nail layer to maximize durability.

Yep. Use it all the time.Best price I have found near home is Sportsman's warehouse.

thanks for the info. What do you use to bake them? I've heard of people using toaster ovens, and I saw that there were specialized ovens for the job but they seemed to be a little expensive.

You can use a cheap heat gun, or hair dryer (make sure to have permission from your significant other/family member before messing it up..learned my lesson). You can even use the gas range to heat up your jig head. Make sure when heating it up, don't expose the lead too closely to the heat source, sine the lead will warp/melt. You need to experiment how far/close to the heat source you need to use, since each heat source is unique.

There are a few video on YouTube that will teach you how to use the paints properly, using various method, and different heat source. Me, I normally use my gas range if I'm in the hurry, and don't want to use the heat gun. I loosen the paint in the jar well after each few dip to prevent clumping. Quick circling dips, and allow the jigs to cool of on a self-made wire rack.

I've learned many things from YouTube. It seems like everything you could ever want to learn how to do is on there. 

Garrett personally I don't bake mine but some people that do they use the wife's oven. I would think when you hang them upside down on a rack you should be able to hang hundreds. I would think that way you can get everything all done at once.

Also I did purchase a heat gut from Harbor Freight which I use for the initial heat up for the powder coat.

I use a toaster oven I got at the thrift store. 20 minutes at 320 degrees.

Thanks again, I'll probably end up going with the toaster oven or the heat gun.  

Great choice. Heating them after the initial coating over 20 minutes will allow the paint to seep into all the permeable spots of the jig's head, and further strengthen the bond between metal and pain. Me, I just slap a Hard As Nail layer into it, after coating the pain with UV splash to let it glow under 15 to 20 feet of water for additional attraction.

But my gosh Dick, hundreds? Your wife is quite understanding. My wife will kill me if I dare to even introduce anything beside food into that oven. I can't even do experiment in the garage any more because she don't want any "funky" smell. I need a mad scientist lab somewhere..

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