Gringo Pescador wrote:Toni
Did you switch from Vinyl to powder? If so, which one did you settle with? I started tying my own jigs and painting is the next logical step. In my experience, the jigs I have bought, the vinyl ones seem to hold up better and have brighter colors so I am tempted to go towards vinyl (especially since I have the time & space to dip & dry).
I absolutely LOVE powder paint. To get a rock-hard finish, you've got to "cure" them in an oven. As someone else mentioned, holding the jig eye with needle nose pliers while you dip will keep paint out of the eye. There is a catch: hold it by the hook when you heat it over a candle. Then grab the eye with pliers and dip. Why? Because you don't want the pliers to get hot enough for the paint to adhere.
I'm going to be unemployed in four days, so I'll post a tutorial with pics.
Mixing different colors is fun, but it takes a lot of tweaking to get it right. The powder in the jar is not the same color as it is after being cured in an oven. I make a "shrimp orange" that looks more like bubble gum before being baked.
Some colors have different properties than others. For example, pearl and gold do not drip or make jigs with beaks -- regardless of how hot you get them. Other colors are notorious for dripping. Black is one of my favorites, but getting the jig head the right temp is critical.
Powder paint can also be touched up with fingernail polish. Sparkle blue polish over a black powder coat is very cool. Again, I'll post pics when time allows.