This photo is of an old floating style Rat’l Trap found on a recent fishing trip. It was in pretty fair condition so I decided to give it a new finish. First the old damaged chrome is smoothed out with 400 grit sand paper.
Next step, was to apply several coats of opaque white over the blank to create a good base for the pattern to come. I used Createx Wicked paints and an Iwata HP-CH airbrush to apply the paints. The colors were chosen with a shad pattern in mind.
Once a pearlescent color was sprayed over the entire blank, alligator clips were used to hold small scale mesh wrapped around the blank.
A darker color was sprayed over the back and sides leaving off at the belly.
The darker color was over-sprayed with a blue/green pearl color to give the color shift seen in a shad. Next a line of iridescent yellow from throat to tail was sprayed just above the belly and below the scale pattern to complete the color shift effect.
Pearlescent black down the backbone and around the eyes adds to the overall look.
A smoke black dot behind the head and just above eye level creates a realistic looking kill dot. Holding a stencil away from the lure body while spraying paint thru the hole creates a kill dot without sharp edges. Also, using the tip of the stencil it’s pretty easy to create light and dark rays along the sides of the dorsal fin.
A light mist of peach or flesh color was sprayed around the throat to soften up the lower gill area and a bit of gold pearl added around the upper gills.
Last bit of painting was a little accent of burnt orange at the very tip and tail of the lure.
Finally, to create the flash that shad produce under sunlight Holographic glitter was liberally sprayed from back to belly down both sides and silver/black oversized eyes were attached and sealed using nail polish. A very thin coat of two part epoxy was brushed over the lure...not too thick … it’s a floating Rat’l Trap. Fifteen minutes rotating and then an hour in the dehydrator should get it done. Here’s the finished product.
Looks like this old Trap may have a few bass left in it after all!