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Flocking FAQ

1. How much flocking do I need to buy?

The quantity needed is dependent on multiple factors including wind (we recommend working in a garage or shed, but never in the house), how much is reclaimed, the size of your decoys, and whether you do a double coat or not (we always recommend a double coat). The following are general guidelines based on reclaiming all your excess flocking.

Goose Heads: 1 pound of black per 60 heads; 3 oz of white per 60 cheek patches

Goose Full Bodies: 2 pounds per dozen

Goose Floaters: 1.5 pounds per dozen

Duck Heads: 1 pound per 85 heads

Duck Floaters: 1 pound per dozen

Duck Full Bodies: 1.5 pounds per dozen

 

2. What do you recommend for adhesive? 

We recommend using a Rustoleum-type oil-based high gloss paint for adhesive. The high gloss gives you additional working time and has proven more durable than commercial flocking adhesives. The base color (adhesive) can also be used to adjust your flocking color. For example, black paint with feather brown flocking makes a great black duck body color. Black paint with mallard green flocking provides a more accurate mallard head. Either way, we recommend testing out adhesives on plywood or a throwaway decoy prior to applying it to the final product. 

 

3. How do you apply detail? 

There are a few options here. Options are sharpies, brushes, paint pens, or an airbrush. It all depends on what level of detail you're trying to achieve.

 

4. What kind of airbrush and compressor should I use? 

We recommend an 8~ gallon compressor with a water separator and pressure regulator. To ensure proper paint mixture, disconnect your airbrush hose from the compressor after each use. This airbrush from Harbor Freight is a great starter option. 

 

5. What kind of prep work is needed?

Use standard paint preparation techniques and materials. 80% of your durability is based on your prep work, not the finish work. 

 

6. How long do flocked decoys last?

We have custom flocked decoys that were properly prepped and double flocked that are 5 years old, have never been bagged, and still look brand new. With proper prep, flocked decoys can last longer than painted decoys.