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Author: Drake Leek
Date: 7/1/2021

How many times have you been out fishing with a buddy at your favorite lake, river, or pond and absolutely whipped their butt because of a specific bait? Something about it the fish just cannot resist. For that day, in those conditions, it is the hot bait. If there's one solitary thing among anglers, it's the desire to have that bait. When it comes to what makes that bait special there are many things to take into consideration. One characteristic that pops into any angler's mind right away is….. COLOR! Do-It Molds and CS Coatings have this scenario in mind when it comes to their diverse lineup of Powder Paints.

What makes it special?
Do-It Molds has worked for years with CS Coatings with one objective in mind. To bring the most diverse, and effective lineup of Powder Paints into the hands of the consumer. This objective is driven to ensure that you can capitalize on that hot color at any time. With 95 different Powder Paints and a mind-boggling amount of different ways to mix paints to craft your perfect color, it is safe to say that there isn't a color you can’t make from this arsenal of paints. 

How to use it?
There are many different ways anglers are using these powder paints, and there are an infinite amount of ways that you can apply them to your favorite baits. But for the sake of time, we will stick to the way it was intended. It’s a three step process to apply these paints. 

For the first step, you will need a heating element of some kind. You can use a blow torch for a few seconds, but fair warning- the lead may melt in contact with the heat for too long. Which is why I prefer to use a heat gun, it doesn't melt the lead after too long, and you can get a more even heat dispersion. 

The second step is to dip the heated lead into the paint. This can be perfected through a trial process to make it easy and efficient. For the perfect result every time, I would recommend a fluid bed. It pushes a steady stream of air in the powder that makes it appear as though it is boiling. That ensures that you can dip the bait, get full immersion, with no resistance. The thing you want to avoid in this process is heating the bait, going to dip in and have the paint feel like a brick when you try to dip for paint. If I am in a rush I usually just shake the bottle the powder comes in and make sure it is aerated a bit. Then it's ready for a dip!

Want to take it to the next level?
A little trick I have been using to get results I really want from paints is sprinkling a mix of colors on the same bait. For this technique, you will definitely want to use a heat gun. Otherwise, you will burn up the initial color. It is a pretty simple process that goes a long way for the presentation of your bait. To achieve this look all you have to do is dip a bait in a color you want, then reheat the bait and take a pinch of another color and sprinkle it over the top/bottom of the bait. This process can be simplified by using a small strainer for a fine mist of powder to keep the second coat light. 

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