Outdoor Skills – Hunting Q&A

I can't find any quality decoy paint that doesn't cost as much as it would to get new decoys. G&H; and Herter's is expensive, and the Parker's paint I used didn't last one day in the field, after a coat of primer and three coats of paint. I haven't been able to find any spray paint locally that matches the colors of my mallard and goose decoys. --M.

“You might be expecting too much. You also might be priming too much. Primers are typically fairly delicate, and you might be better off roughing up your decoys lightly with 220-grit sandpaper before painting. The guy who started me duck hunting had another solution. He was pretty broke back then (well, we both were). He didn’t paint his decoys until partway through the season, when the birds started losing their eclipse plumage. He figured the dinged paint job from last season matched dull eclipse plumage pretty well, and repainted only when the mallard drakes started sporting green heads toward late autumn. “