Powder coating doesn’t have to be hard and doesn’t take a whole lot of equipment. Here is 3 different ways you can powder coat your spinnerbaits, jigs, or whatever other fishing lure you want to have a durable impact resistant surface. Two of these methods don’t require any special equipment, and the third way is cheap and easy to build.
1. Dip it in the Jar
The simplest method by far. First, give your powder coat a good shake. Second, take something long and use it to stir and fluff up your powder coat at the top of your jar. Now heat your jig up using your heat gun, candle, or whatever heating tool you have opted to use. Once the jig has warmed sufficiently, swish one side of the jig through the top of the powder coat. Flip your jig over and swish the other side through. Cure in oven if desired. The key here is to be quick and keep the jig moving briefly through the top fluffed surface of the powder coat. Don’t shove your whole jig in the jar, it’s generally too compacted. Refluff the powder coat after every jig. If you want to be able to dip the whole jig into the paint at once, and not have to hassle with shaking and stirring, then checkout method number two.
2. Use a Fluidized Bed to Powder Coat your Lures
Fluidized beds allow you to coat your entire jig at once by dipping it into powder. The process is basically the same as method number one, except that the fluidized bed is constantly shaking, stirring, and fluffing your powder coat for you. The fluidized bed pumps air through the bottom of your powder coat, greatly reducing its density and causing it to mix itself up. To use the fluidized bed to powder coat your fishing lures, simply heat your lure or jig as desired, and quickly dunk it in the fluidized bed and back out. From there you can cure in an oven if desired. The downside of using a fluidized bed is that if you are using a larger lure like a spinnerbait, you may not be able to get the whole bait in the fluidized bed. The other downside is that it requires a little bit of equipment. Fortunately, fluidized beds are pretty cheap and easy to make. We have a whole tutorial you can find here: “Making your Own Fluidized Bed for Powder Coating Fishing Lures”
3. Using a Paint Brush
Didn’t think you could use a paint brush for powder coat? Well, you were wrong (sort of). You can absolutely use a brush but not in the conventional way. You do not want to heat your jig and then rub a brush full of powder coat on it, you are just going to melt the brush to your jig. Here is what you do, use a small brush to stir up your powder coat, being sure to get plenty of powder coat on your brush. I use these super cheap brushes made for flux. They are dirt cheap and hold the powder (and more importantly, release the powder) well. Once your brush is loaded up, heat up your lure. Now hold the bristles over your lure (don’t touch!) and tap the brush. The powder will fall off the brush onto the lure.
Not only is this quick and simple, but it is my favorite way to powdercoat spinnerbaits for two reasons. First, the spinnerbaits are usually too big to dip into a jar or a fluidized bed. The second reason is that it is super easy to paint multiple colors. Just tap on one color, pick up your other brush and top on the next color. I generally try to not paint colors on top of each other except at transitions to prevent too much buildup. If you need to, heat the lure back up between colors and when you’re done, cure if desired.