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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-17-2015, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Painting Canine Traps

Hello,

Would it be wise to spray or dip paint canine traps?

I have some new traps and looking to degrease and possibly paint them.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-17-2015, 08:59 PM
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Re: Painting Canine Traps

My daughter has a bright pink one. It was her first trap and she wanted it painted pink. We have caught coyote, bobcat, Fox and coon in it. What's funny is no possum.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-17-2015, 09:26 PM
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Re: Painting Canine Traps

Some will argue the smell...


But dye and even wax have smells.....

I'd agree that the chemical smells of paint will likely be worse than a natural logwood dye etc..



Some guys were powder coating and happy with the results...



Why not do some and see how it works for YOU? I think many trappers are set in their ways...


And...you gotta think about the critter...critters are critters...some are smarter and more cautious than others...some can probably be caught by a un-set trap lol...
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-17-2015, 10:00 PM
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Re: Painting Canine Traps

One guy up this way that showed me a lot about trapping, paints all of his traps with flat black rustoleum and catches piles of k9's every year. He is the one that told me it would be fine to use a painted trap. He was correct. It has never been dug up. We have used it for 2yrs. Had to repaint twice because of coon.

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Re: Painting Canine Traps

Years ago I knew muskrat trappers who painted their traps in sort of a color code pattern to deter thefts. Fifty, sixty years ago there were a lot of trap thefts going on.

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Re: Painting Canine Traps

Was a big post on trapper man, rustolem primer n flat black, thinned with acetone then dipped the traps, many claim it was great.
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Years ago I knew muskrat trappers who painted their traps in sort of a color code pattern to deter thefts. Fifty, sixty years ago there were a lot of trap thefts going on.
When I was 15-20 I trapped rats like mad. I had multiple years that thieves would get an entire run of my rat traps. I even made sure stakes didn't stick above the water. I think they just walked the entire run inside the run or something. Wish we had gamecams then like now. Now it's mainly my k9 sets that get robbed. Usually because they are full.

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Re: Painting Canine Traps

When I started trapping in the 60's all you heard was wear a bio suit because if the animal smells you you'll never catch anything. Now we paint CR and traps, make sets with out gloves or rubber boots, sift our own dirt and probably catch more now than then. I was a rat a holic also. I'd file a couple notches on the bottom of my traps for ID. Had a lot stolen over the years also.

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-23-2015, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Painting Canine Traps

Should I wax the traps after painting or just let them hang outside till its time to put them in the ground?
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Re: Painting Canine Traps

I waxed the pink one originally and some of the paint came off in the wax. But not much.

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