Putting decoys in bags and taking them out rubs the heads and eventually they will show signs of wear. No matter how much babying you do to your decoys, it’s inevitable they will show the effects of use. Re flocking waterfowl decoys is a cost effective way to bring new life to your decoys spread without having to buy replacement heads or even worse, new decoys.
Re flocking waterfowl decoys is not a project you want to tackle in a couple hours. It takes time and planning, but the end results can leave you with new looking decoys for waterfowl season. Before you begin, you need the following things.
1. Flocking material
This can be found in numerous places. Our was purchased from a taxidermy supply company, but is also available on Amazon and Ebay. A little bit of flocking goes a long ways. We used 1 pound and were able to re flock over 13 dozen decoys and still have plenty left over.
2. Black enamel paint
This is the base coat that is applied to the areas you will be re flocked. Just as the the flocking, a little bit of paint goes a long ways.
3. Paint brushes
Used to apply the paint.
4. Tin pans or large rubbermaid totes
We used these to collect excess flocking material.
5. Plastic condiment bottles
Fill with flocking and tap or lightly squeeze to apply the flocking.
How to Re Flock Waterfowl Decoys
1. Get any dirt or dust off of the flocked areas of your decoys. This will allow for a smooth, unblemished look when complete.
2. Lightly apply the enamel paint. The tricky part is to keep the paint from running on the decoy. Apply a thin coat to start and dab it on to ensure the cracks are being filled. If you just brush it on, some areas may be left without paint. After initially covering the decoy, apply a second light coat, but not to the point that the paint runs.
3. Hold the decoy over the tin pan or rubbermaid container and light tap the condiment bottle that is filled with flocking. Cover an area then lightly shake the decoy to allow the excess flocking to fall into the container. Continue on the entire decoy only covering small areas at a time and letting the excess fall off. Every once in a while, the bottle will get clogged. A gentle squeeze will break the flocking loose and you can resume just tapping on the bottle to apply the flocking to the decoy head or tail.
4. Once you have the entire area covered, give the decoy a good tap or shake to get any excess flocking off. You want the flocking to be smooth as it adheres to the paint on the head.
5. Allow the flocking/paint to dry over night before storing the decoys back in bags.
It’s not a hard process, but it is definitely one that you’ll want a large space for and if you’re doing more than a dozen decoys, you definitely want to invite some buddies over to help. Reflocking waterfowl decoys is a great off season project and is cheaper than buying replacement heads or new decoys.