In my last article I went in-depth on restoring old lures.
At the end of that article, I showed you this sad little Rattle Trap...
Clearly - this little guy has been through the wringer!
And unfortunately, most anglers would toss him in the trash...
But not this chick!
*Before I get into it, I do want to mention that if the lure that I'm working with has damaged eyelets that are obviously rusted out, and may snap if a big bass crushes the lure? I won't use it to fish with, but I will use it to practice with different painting techniques.*
Now, onto the revamp!
Scrub the ever-loving-algae out of the lure...read this for a full set of cleaning instructions
Pick your [color] poison - professional lure makers use any number of expensive airbrushing paints and enamels, but those high-end investments aren't practical for this type of application.
What IS an incredibly economical option??
There are hundreds of different colors, shades, tints, shines, sparkles, of nail polish - and they're available everywhere.
Is it a perfect option? Probably not. But it's incredibly effective - especially if you layer it up - just make sure to let each layer dry completely before adding another.
And if you're feelin' froggy?? Pick up a small tube of epoxy to coat the lure in - and you've got yourself a rock-hard shell to protect your fancy new paint job.
For my raggedy little Rattle Trap, I went with a dark blue paint on the body, and a black on the edging, because of how muddy the water has been lately.
For a little more razzle dazzle, I added a clear coat polish with a chrome-colored glitter.
Replace all of the split rings and treble hooks, and add some crazy-pants googly eyes! I personally like to use gel super glue to stick anything to my lures, even if they have an adhesive backing.
Keep in mind - you don't have to spend $25.00 on "fishing lure eye stickers" at big-box outdoor stores. Those stickers and googly eyes are available at craft stores, and other discount stores for a fraction of the price!
Admire your craftsmanship...
Post your incredible work of art on social media...
Then tie that little refreshed beauty on your line, and cast it out there!!
Hopefully this gives you a cost-effective way to save a lot of those beat up little lures from hitting the landfill, and helps you bag a big one!