If you are interested, you welcome to come over and try some stuff and paint some baits and we can put you a list together of what you will need.
Man....I wish I had a Brad when I started throwing paint
it would have saved me some $$.
You'll probably need only a few colors to begin with but here's my favorites list:
I use Createx paints. Basic colors for tint: Transparent White & Black. Opaque colors for base: White, Black, Yellow. Pearls: White, Silver, Black, Gold, Tangerine, Pineapple. Iridescents: Yellow, Green, Blue, Turquoise. Transparent: Grey, Yellow, Greens, Blues, Purple, Orange, Browns. Wicked colors: Silver, Aluminum, Burnt Orange, Moss Green, Golden Yellow. Illustration base to thin everything. Get a few eyedroppers for measuring paint (helps to be precise) and a cleaning station for your airbrushes. It helps to have a paint booth of some kind so as not to get over spray on the wife's stuff
...a happy wife makes a happy life
I use two airbrushes both Paasche with a different needle size in each one (I don't like changing needles while painting). There are several good makes and models of brushes.
I bought a horizontal tank style air compressor from Home Depot ($99)...that I also use it for soda blasting (on a small scale). Be sure to get something with a water/oil filter between the pressure regulator and airbrush hose. I use a longer hose to the brush so I can move around...getting the right light on a lure pattern is VERY important.
As for clear coats...best to start with Devcon 2 Ton Epoxy...its easy to use and pretty forgiving. Basscat dad on this forum has some good posts on where to find it..and some very nice finished lures (examples). Get the 30 minute epoxy not the 5 minute. Get some modeling brushes so you can mop the mix on a lure and spread it fairly quickly. Go light on the epoxy its easy to overdo it, just try to cover the lure lightly. Again light is your friend here...it helps you find voids (holidays) in the epoxy. Buy a can of Denatured Alcohol to clean stuff up with. Later you may want to try some of the other clear coat options...... and there are plenty of them.
As BradR posted....check out Youtube videos on lure painting.
Go here TackleUnderground
and read up in the forum on hard baits. It'll help. Most importantly take your time....it will take some patience....but its worth it. There are lots of folks here who are willing to share experiences and ideas. Don't hesitate to ask
and good luck to you, Swalker9513.