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  • Spraying Topkits

    I'm thinking about spraying my top kits either grey or white but worried this my weaken them. What are peoples thoughts?

    Also if I decide to go ahead what paint is best?

  • #2
    I have a couple of white top kits for my shallow fishing. I do not not rub them down, just clean them and spray matt white. Still ok after 2+ seasons.
    Top anglers Dennis White and Jon Arthur use similar tops, which is good enough for me to give them a try.
    This topic has had some strong responses on here before, so have a search for some old threads.

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    • #3
      It's the acetone in spays that can (in theory) eat into resins and weaken the structure.

      However, most of it evaporates before the spray reaches the target surface - so, as long as you apply in thin coats, it's unlikely to cause any damage to the top kits.

      Acrylics or car spray-paints will be fine, but avoid the slow drying specialist paints like Hammerite and lacquers.

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      • #4
        Nothing Special needed, way back in the 70s Keith Evans ( R.I.P.)
        "Cofton Hacket" Painted his Stick Float Rods Sky Blue ,he was convinced that he would be able to Catch Closer
        than anyone else because his rods wouldn't be as visible as the dark coloured rods they were using.
        Keith just used sky Blue Enamel paint Humbrol model paint.
        Don't think type of paint matters .
        As Charlie said he just used a Spray can
        Colin

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BIG COL View Post
          Nothing Special needed, way back in the 70s Keith Evans ( R.I.P.)
          "Cofton Hacket" Painted his Stick Float Rods Sky Blue ,he was convinced that he would be able to Catch Closer
          than anyone else because his rods wouldn't be as visible as the dark coloured rods they were using.
          Keith just used sky Blue Enamel paint Humbrol model paint.
          Don't think type of paint matters .
          As Charlie said he just used a Spray can
          Was that the Keith Evans who ran Fishermen of England in Walsall at one time??
          Take nothing but photographs,leave nothing but footprints.

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          • #6
            Peter
            Keith was from Longbridge .
            I don't think so mate ,but I'm not Certain if he worked there between Austin Clissett's Closing
            & buying Barry Brookes' Shop from Rick Haynes.
            He would not have unemployed ,so it's certainly a possibility .
            He was the Manager of Austin Clissett's Shop in Alum Rock .
            He was there from the 70s until it Closed i
            He Then Brought Barry Brookes' Shop on Bristol Rd, .
            He was there until he Passed away.
            Keith was a Member of Cofton Hacket A.C
            Last edited by BIG COL; 12th June 2018, 10:40 AM.
            Colin

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            • #7
              Brilliant thanks for the responses lads

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BIG COL View Post
                Peter
                Keith was from Longbridge .
                He was the Manager of Austin Clissett's Shop in Alum Rock .
                He was there from the 70s until it Closed i
                He Then Brought Barry Brookes' Shop on Bristol Rd, .
                He was there until he Passed away.
                Keith was a Member of Cofton Hacket A.C
                Yes,same person I first ,met him when he worked for Bowyers,the cooked meats and pie company, met a few times on the bank at the parks festivals and a few other venues,nice bloke.
                Take nothing but photographs,leave nothing but footprints.

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                • #9
                  Definitely was a Character ,Fished with him for years ,he was a Great Angler & a Dear Friend
                  Colin

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                  • #10
                    Not sure it makes a difference TBH.

                    IMO it's the shadow they spook from and a grey kit still casts a shadow.
                    On the gathering storm comes a tall handsome man, in a dusty black coat and red right hand.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Spadger - I guess there's an argument for both sides but its whether its worth the risk of potential damaging your kits for the sake of a handful more fish. As a club angler looking to move on to the open scene I was just looking for potential improvements to allow me to try and compete with open regulars. (I appreciate that takes time and venue knowledge is king).

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                      • #12
                        Personally i dont think it makes the slightest bit of Difference.
                        I have had carp line up under the Shadow of the pole.
                        I drew next to an angler a few years ago who had a White Top on his pole.
                        There were loads of Carp just sitting there right under the length of the Black sections !! .
                        Surprisingly the last 3 section's never had a single fish anywhere near ,
                        Obviously the White paint had spooked them.
                        Colin

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                        • #13
                          I spoke to. Dennis white many years ago on a division 2 national about this, he first painted his over 30 years ago.

                          His weren't grey or white they where a very pale grey blue. He tried to replicate the colour of the underside of a herons neck as he reasoned they where good anglers and the colour must be an advantage.

                          Still not convinced but who was I to argue with one of the greatest anglers in the history of our sport.
                          On the gathering storm comes a tall handsome man, in a dusty black coat and red right hand.

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                          • #14
                            Good Luck with your progression onto the Open Circuit .
                            Don't set yourself up for a fall by expecting to start winning straight away,
                            It will take time ,
                            Just take your time & practice when ever possible
                            Colin

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                            • #15
                              Appreciate the advice Col thank you, will probably be in touch for some venue advice when I decide which ones to target. I prefer mixed fisheries rather than all carp fishing.

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