Hacks To Customize The Colors Of Soft Plastic Lures

Here’s a quick way to customize the colors of soft plastic lures!!

Most jigheads have a colorful head design to attract strikes and provide more attention to the lure presentation.

But that is lost when you switch over to using rigging hooks or weighted hooks.

Find out more in the video below!!

Customize The Colors Of Soft Plastic Lures [VIDEO]

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It is very common to take your soft plastic lures and dip them in color dye.

Usually, this is to change the color of the tail or head of the lure.

I personally took the NEW F.R.E.D. Mulligan and dipped that in dye to turn the tail into chartreuse.

The dye I use is called Spike-It Dip-N-Glow.

This lure dye has been around for a long time and is popular amongst freshwater and saltwater anglers.

Typically, anglers do this to dye the tail of their lures a different color.

However, you can also dye the heads of your lures to mimic the color change that a jighead would provide.

Now you can rig any lure weedless and maintain the contrasting color pattern.

I also put little dots on either side of the lure to mimic the eyes of a baitfish.

For that, I use markers (also from Spike-It) that come in a four-pack of different colors.

One thing to keep in mind is that these dyes don’t work with all types of soft plastic lure materials.

This dye does not take well to the stretch, elastic material used to create Z-Man Lures and our Brazilian ‘Power Prawn’, for example.

You shouldn’t have an issue with most standard plastisol soft plastic lures.

I have not tried this with Gulp! lures yet.

Furthermore, in my experience, it takes about 3-4 dips of the lure into the dye to cause the full-color change.

Meaning, I would dip the lure in the solution, then let it sit and dry for about 10 seconds, then repeat.

Painting Jigheads

Similarly, you can also paint the color of blank jigheads whatever you choose.

Get the jigheads you need without any color and then paint them the color you want.

Or you can leave those jigheads unpainted and continue to dye the heads of your lures the color you want to maintain a color contrast.

Darker-Colored Lures

When it came to dying the darker-colored lures like our Gold Digger and Alabama Leprechaun, the dye did not really stand out against the dark green and black of those lures.

If you know of any dyes or solutions that work with dark-colored lures, please let us know in the comments!!


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This is an easy and fast way to present your lures the way you want and gain confidence in doing so.

Have you ever dyed your soft plastic lures before to change the color and create new patterns?

Do you know of other types of soft plastic lure dyes that work better??

Please go ahead and start the conversation below in the comments section!!

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Frank Santana
1 year ago

Wow, this is definitely a great hack !!! Thanks !!!

Brandon Furlough
1 year ago

@Pat Ogletree this is a great idea. Did not even know the markers were a thing but it really made the mulligan pop for all application use! Great video and hack! If you are ever going to be near NE NC or the OBX let me know and we will wet a line! Thanks again!

Daniel Jenks
1 year ago

Great tutorial, and the wide range of comments which followed! I have been using nail polish for a while now, but with concern for the lingering solvent odor, so all this info is relevant and useful to me. Appreciated it……. d

Bob Allinson
1 year ago

Pat-Just bought some some Spike-It die and was surprised by how good a job it did. Red looked pretty good on head on Alabama leprechaun but Slam Shady was best

1 year ago

Hey Pat,
Have you ever tried the dye on hard baits?
The markers would be great for touch ups.

Matthew Lanier
1 year ago

Great Video Pat! Can’t wait to see the on the water test!

A Rollins
1 year ago

Gulp products drink up Dip-N-GLOW. I dipped a white grub Gulp into the solution. SPIKE-IT had left a bright band of garlic-scented dye towards the white end, and the rest of the lure was less colorful but adequate.

A Rollins
1 year ago
Reply to  Pat Ogletree

Dude, I rinsed the stuff right off. It doesn’t work at all. Sorry about that.

greg lanier
1 year ago

Great review Pat. Ive never tried the dyes but kinda always wanted to so maybe this will make me go ahead and give it a shot Thanks

neal poche
1 year ago

Can you store them back in their packages without them bleeding on the rest of the plastics.

Dave Edwards
1 year ago

To color my jig heads I buy nail polish from Dollar Tree. All different shades and silver or gold metalic. works really well and if they chip, just redo them. $1.00 a bottle.

Dell Murray
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Edwards

Might give that a try. Could make some translucent colors.

1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Edwards

Any thoughts/experience with the nail polish putting out a chemical smell? Have you notice any uptick in short strikes since applying nail polish?


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