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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:05 pm 
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i've got a few decoys that need to be repainted...my plan is to paint with the UV reflective paint...i know they sell spray cans of flat poly used in woodworking...my question is has anyone ever sprayed their decoys with a flat clear coat to protect the paint and if they were sprayed with that flat clear finish, would there be no UV reflection anymore?


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Excellent question! I have actually wondered about that myself. But have yet to read an article or seen pictures to say one way or another. Hopefully some one does know. But I would be very hesitant to go to all the work and cost of UV paint and have it screwed up by applying a finish that defeats the purpose of UV paints.

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I have used the Krylon clear matte finish over my painted decoys. It is best to let your paint cure for 30-days or so before you apply the clear finish.

Spray at least 2 -3 coats of the clear over your paint and you are go to go. It will help your paint last longer.

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so will that have any effect on the UV paint or is it best just to repaint the decoys with regular paint?


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In my opinion, the clear finish will not affect your UV paint. It will protect it from wearing off too quickly.

Personally, I have not used the UV paint, only regular house paint. However, from what I have read about UV paint, it dries somewhat chalky and rubs off easy. One of the UV manufacturers does recommend finishing the UV painted decoy with a clear, flat finish.


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Maybe Krylon UV protection finish :lol:

I wouldnt use wood sealer. I also use Krylon 1311. Basically gives you a "fingernail" coating over the decoy, so the actual paint is not what gets rubbed on.

Just remeber its in your best interest to paint plastic decoys with a flexible paint. Laytex is not. Acrylic and oil based paints are. To put it short and sweet, plastic expands and contracts, laytex does not, therefore it cracks, peels and chips!

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