How to Paint Spinner Bait

How to Paint Spinner Bait
Check the tackle box of most anglers and you will most likely find at least one or two spinner bait lures. These lures are very versatile and are used for a wide variety of game fish species in both fresh and saltwater. Spinner baits typically feature a weighted body made of plastic, metal or lead in an elongated shape. Manufacturers may paint the body and blade of spinner baits to match bait fish. However, many anglers prefer to customize the look of their lures with paint.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Paintbrush (fine point or chisel)
  • Enamel paint
  • Soap and water
  • Clean rag
  • Denatured alcohol
Step 1
Clean the lure with a soapy water solution and rinse thoroughly. Dry the lure with a clean rag. Wipe the body and blade down with denatured alcohol to remove any remaining soap or oils that may interfere with the paint bonding.
Step 2
Apply the enamel paint to the body of the spinner bait with a small, fine or chisel point paintbrush. Use a predetermined pattern that emulates a bait fish. Build the colors of the lure, beginning with a base coat and then adding various colors for spots or stripes.
Step 3
Paint the blade of the spinner bait to add attraction as it moves through the water. Apply the enamel paint to the spinner blade in much the same manner as the body. Make sure that the eye of the blade is not clogged with paint. This can affect the movement of the blade.
Step 4
Set the lure aside in a warm area to thoroughly dry. Consider hanging the spinner baits by the hook from a wire hanger to dry. The lures should be allowed to dry for several hours before use.

Tips & Warnings

Apply paint to the blade of the spinner bait sparingly. The extra weight of several paint layers could affect the performance of the blade in the water.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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