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FLOCKING' IS DEFINED AS THE APPLICATION OF MILLIONS OF
TINY FIBERS ONTO AN ADHESIVE COATED SURFACE. HERE ARE
A FEW POINTERS FOR THOSE HEEN TO GET INTO THIS AS
By Andy Tannock
* Preparation. Water blast then rough up the decoy with a wire brush.
This ensures a cleaner surface better able to hold the glue/ paint and
subsequently fibers will adhere better
If masking between colours, ensure you brush the glue/paint away from
the masking tape
. Apply Flock-ltimmediately you have glued or painted the surface. Many
experienced flockers' recommend paint as a good option with which to
stick the Flock-it material on as you may find glue shines through too much
when its dry. Any matt finish paint will work,oil or water based. Etching
primer works well A good tip is to use a paint that is a similar colour to
the fibers you are flocking as it is less likely to show any wear spots later
However if you prefer your finish to be a different colour shade to that of
the flocking fiber choose a base paint to lighten or darken.
e Painting and flocking each decoy twice gives a better finish and is
ith quality Avery GHG floating mallard decoys available ina
fully flocked option this season, the spotlight has certainly
gone onto the merits of hunting over flocked decoys.
Enthusiasts are adamant the flocked surface more closely
represents the natural texture and reflectiveness of duck or
goose plumage. They say ducks finish better,by that they mean ducks have
to get much closer to the decoy before they realise what it is. For hunters
who subscribe to this belief but already have an awesome set of painted
decoys, the problem can be solved if you're a 'do it yourselfer. Before you
embark on a major decoy do-up however, please appreciate that flocked
decoys require a much greater level of care. Ifyou run and gun, toting your
decs in conventional sack bags, they are going to bump and rub, meaning
you are soon going to have wear patches in flocked decoys. Once they get
to this stage, blotchy flocked decoys will spook educated ducks and be way
less effective than standard painted decoys. If you're hard on your gear, we
suggest that flocked decoys may not be for you!.
Still interested? We are pleased to advise Hunting&Fishing New
Zealand stores can now offer Flock-lt fibers for both duck and goose decoy
flocking. The source has been the USA's principle supplier of flocking material
for the craft market for over 65 years. Flock-lt produce fibers in colours
specifically for duck and goose decoys. The fibre used is Suede Tex Nylon
(spray on),chosen as it is petroleum based making it more weather resistant
and colour fast for outdoors use. Being nylon, it won't absorb water either.
Flocking' is defined as the application of millions of tiny fibers onto an
adhesive coated surface. Here are a few pointers for those keen to get into
this as a pre-season project.
Applying the Flock-it fibers with an electrostatic flocking applicator gives
the best results
. Shaking the Flock-It in a jar for a minute to create a static charge and then
applying through a kitchen sieve is a cheaper way to do it but not as good.
Paint and flock the decoys one colour at a time and let them dry before
shaking off the excess Flock-It fibers and starting another colour
. Apply Flock-It over a deep plastic tub so its easy to collect the excess
flocking and reuse it
. Air brushing (paint) on for extra feather detail and merging some of the
ines between the different Flock-It colours will give a more realistic finish
. Care and Transportation. Each decoy needs to be put in a plastic bag and
then placed in a 12 or 6 slot decoy bag when transporting to protect
Taking each decoy out of its plastic bag when you return home from a hunt
and leaving it to dry after use will extend the life of the flocked finish
Flock-It comes in two bag size options in a range of colours specifically for
mallards and Canada's, for details check the advert opposite
THE FLOCHING PROCESS...
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