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Custom Crankbait Painting


Introduction to Custom Crankbait Painting

| Custom painting crankbait fishing lures is a popular hobby among anglers looking to personalize their gear and enhance their fishing experience. By customizing crankbaits, you can create unique patterns and colors that can potentially improve your fishing success. Let’s explore the essential supplies needed to get started with this creative and rewarding activity. |

Essential Supplies for Custom Crankbait Painting 

To paint custom crankbait fishing lures, you’ll need a variety of supplies, each playing a crucial role in the painting process. Here’s a comprehensive list of what you’ll need:

1. Crankbait Blanks

 Crankbait blanks are unpainted lures that serve as the canvas for your designs. They come in various shapes and sizes, mimicking different types of baitfish. 

2. Airbrush for custom crankbait painting 

An airbrush is a critical tool for achieving smooth and precise paint application. It allows for detailed work and gradient effects that are difficult to achieve with brushes alone. Here is a list of airbrushes we recommend for painting fishing lures.

3. Paints 

High-quality paints designed for airbrushing are essential. Popular choice for painting crankbaits is Createx Colors. These paints adhere well to the lure’s surface and provide vibrant, long-lasting colors.

4. Primers and Sealers

 Primers ensure that the paint adheres properly to the crankbait blank, while sealers protect the finished paint job from water and wear. AutoBorne Sealers or UVLS Clears are excellent choices. 

5. Stencils and Templates 

Stencils and templates help create consistent patterns and intricate designs on your lures. They are invaluable for adding details like scales and stripes. Find our collection of airbrush stencils here.

Detailed Look at Each Supply 

Let’s dive deeper into each of these essential supplies to understand their importance and how to choose the best options. 

Choosing the Right Crankbait Blanks 

Crankbait blanks are available in a variety of shapes, each designed to mimic specific types of baitfish. Select blanks based on the fish species you’re targeting and the water conditions you’ll be fishing in. 

Selecting an Airbrush

Gravity-Feed vs. Siphon-Feed 

Gravity-feed airbrushes are generally preferred for detailed work because they allow for better control at lower air pressures. Siphon-feed airbrushes are suitable for larger projects but may not provide the same level of precision.

Needle and Nozzle Sizes 

Choose a needle and nozzle size appropriate for the level of detail you want. A 0.2mm to 0.3mm nozzle is ideal for fine details, while larger sizes can handle broader coverage.

Types of Paints for Crankbait Lures

Water-Based Acrylics 

These paints are easy to clean and environmentally friendly, making them a popular choice for hobbyists. They also offer a wide range of vibrant colors. As we already mentioned, Createx is a great choice. A good alternative or addition are ChromaAir paints.

Solvent-Based Paints 

Solvent-based paints provide a durable finish but require proper ventilation and safety precautions due to their fumes. They are preferred for their robust adhesion and longevity.  Check out Custom Creative selection if you want to use solvent-based paints for your custom crankbaits.

Importance of Primers and Sealers

Primer Types 

Primers can be water-based or solvent-based, and choosing the right one depends on the type of paint you’ll be using. They prepare the blank’s surface for better paint adhesion.

Sealers and Clear Coats 

Sealers protect the paint job from environmental damage. Clear coats add a glossy finish and an additional layer of protection, enhancing the lure’s durability. Great way to try 2K Clear Coat is a NO-NAME 2K set. 

Utilizing Stencils and Templates

Creating Custom Patterns You can create custom stencils using materials like acetate or vinyl, allowing for unique designs tailored to your fishing needs. 

Commercially Available Stencils 

Many stencils are available in our store, offering patterns such as scales, stripes, and dots, making it easy to add detailed elements to your lures. 

Additional Tools and Accessories To complement your primary supplies a few additional tools and accessories can enhance your painting process.

Air Compressor 

An air compressor provides the necessary airflow for your airbrush. Look for models with adjustable pressure settings for greater control.

Cleaning Supplies Proper cleaning supplies, including brushes and cleaning solutions, are essential for maintaining your airbrush and ensuring its longevity. 

Safety Equipment 

Safety gear such as gloves, masks, and goggles are crucial when working with paints and solvents to protect your health. 

Drying Racks 

Drying racks are useful for holding your lures while they dry, preventing smudging and ensuring an even finish. 


Step-by-Step Guide to Painting Crankbait Lures 

Here’s a simple guide to help you start painting your crankbait lures effectively. 

1. Preparing the Blank 

Start by cleaning the crankbait blank to remove any oils or residues. Sand the surface lightly if necessary to ensure a smooth finish.

2. Applying Primer 

Apply a thin, even coat of primer to the blank. This step is crucial for ensuring that the paint adheres properly to the lure.

3Base Coat Application 

Once the primer is dry, apply the base coat of paint. Use light, even strokes to build up the color gradually.

4. Adding Patterns and Details 

Use stencils and templates to add patterns and details. Work in layers, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next to prevent smudging.

5. Sealing the Lure

 Finish by applying a clear coat sealer to protect the paint job. Ensure the lure is completely dry before handling it further.

Tips and Tricks for Best Results 

To achieve the best results, consider these helpful tips. 

1. Achieving Smooth Gradients Practice blending colors to create smooth gradients. Adjusting air pressure and paint flow can help achieve seamless transitions. 

2. Preventing Paint Bleed Use light coats and allow adequate drying time between layers to prevent paint from bleeding under stencils.

3. Ensuring Durable Finishes Apply multiple thin coats of sealer rather than one thick coat to enhance the durability of your paint job.


Painting custom crankbait fishing lures is a rewarding activity that allows you to create personalized and effective fishing gear. With the right supplies and techniques, you can produce lures that not only look great but also perform well in the water. Start with quality materials, follow the steps carefully, and enjoy the creative process of crafting your unique crankbaits. 

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