Paint for beads

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by thestallion, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. thestallion Member

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    I am tying up chironomid patterns for the summer and my local fly shop is out of the pearl beads that I want. I have a bunch of other beads and I want to paint them. I tried fingernail polish but it doesn't seem to be getting as hard as it does on my wifes fingernails. Any other suggestions?

  2. Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Two options, Pro-Tec powder coat or vinyl paint.
    Powder coat - quicker, but less durable. Really won't matter since it would be for chironomids.
    Vinyl - takes longer, very durable, especially with a clear top coat.

    Both will be a pain in the ass for small beads. Likely easier and less time consuming to hit a different shop or order some on-line.