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  • D.I.Y. Rifle Camo...My $0.02...

    Well, it's time to "hide" the new smoke pole, so I decided to share my process with y'all....

    Alot of my buddies are willing to shell out $300+ to get their firearms dip-camoed, and it's simply beautiful what can be done with a few chemicals and a tub of water...but I am cheap...not careless....but yes, cheap.

    I'll be showing you how to turn about $20 into a reasonably durable camo job on any rifle you own, with any stock material.

    Okay...we start with this:
    First I disassembled the pole and separated the parts that will receive no paint (bolt, screws, etc.)



    Next I arranged my materials...I choose brake parts cleaner because it absolutely strips all goo from any metal and dries pretty fast; Krylon ultra-flat camo paint because it's basically the toughest sh*t in a can; Acrylic, flat clear coat for extra durabiliy and super low-gloss. Choose your colors assuming your AO environment, and stay away from black....it rarely occurs in nature and is pretty easily spotted. Since I wanted a forest break-up pattern, I chose khaki for my base, brown for layer 2, and dark green for foliage layer 3.



    Now I hit the entire barrel assy and other metal parts w/a brake cleaner shower and scrubbed it to death......most spray job camos that peel and/or chip and flake are because someone didn't take the time to make their project virgin-clean before starting.

    I taped off and otherwise covered anything I didn't want paint on (trigger assy, bolt holes, etc.)...as you can see, earplugs work great as barrel plugs, too.



    Next I hung everything up w/bailing wire from the ceiling and applied the base coat in khaki.



    I put 4 base coats on everything, stock, barrel, scope, magazine trap, trigger guard....Then I went to cutting stencils for layers 2 and 3...I use a disposable straight razor and a pane of glass as my backer-board.



    To be continued.........
    "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

  • #2
    Just Blow it dry and continue! We all know you have enough Hot Air.
    ~Lyon~

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    • #3
      Now for the fun part.....

      After waiting the excruciating hour for the base to cure, and cutting a few sets of stencils, a proceeded to apply coat #2...with brown for wood coloration.....I just moved the stencils around and hit the various parts with a shot here and there. Don't go crazy and try to cover the whole weapon with any one stencil design.....you're supposed to be masking your rifle, not making it look like a gathered bundle of sh*t.



      After applying layer 2, I fogged the whole project lightly with the brown paint, to fuzz it up a bit and darken the overall scheme.

      After 15 minutes or so, I went ahead and hit up coat #3 with a leafy stencil and some green....same advice as in the previous step.....break up, not clutter...



      Then after waiting another hour for the project to cure again, I pilfered my kid's colored pencils and chose a peach-colored one to add sketch accents to the leaves.



      Here's the scope:



      And the barrel/breach assy:



      To be concluded.....
      "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

      "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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      • #4
        Originally posted by cudalyon View Post
        Just Blow it dry and continue! We all know you have enough Hot Air.
        I'm tryin' here.....can't put more than 5 pics in a post.....
        "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

        "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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        • #5
          Aaaaaaand.............finally!

          After accenting where I wanted w/the pencil, I fogged the whole thing again lightly with green, waited another hour, and applied about 5 coats of clear, low gloss acrylic to the whole damn thing....and after another 2 hours, I was ready to reassemble the pole....

          I started out with this...not a bad looking rifle, but not exactly clandestine, either....



          And ended up with this...exactly what I expected, and pretty easy and cheap to-boot...My Ithaca has the same finish, and it's held up for over 5 years now, even trekking all over the hinterlands in search for the ever-elusive turkey.






          Hope you enjoyed, and happy-hiding!
          "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

          "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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          • #6
            Very nice job!
            "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches" Franklin

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            • #7
              Originally posted by voodoo View Post
              Very nice job!
              I second that....very nice.
              ~Lyon~

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              • #8
                great job man!
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                • #9
                  Nice job. And to think all you had was a medicre sense of humour as a skill.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rustyshakelford View Post
                    Nice job. And to think all you had was a medicre sense of humour as a skill.
                    I also have a mediocre sense of cheapness....that's a skill, isn't it?
                    "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Big_Saw View Post
                      I also have a mediocre sense of cheapness....that's a skill, isn't it?
                      It actually looks darn good. And I like the cheap part.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rustyshakelford View Post
                        It actually looks darn good. And I like the cheap part.
                        Thanks...;)
                        "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                        "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                        • #13
                          Will a synthetic stock finish out just as nice? And do you have to do anything different to a synthetic black stock to get it to hold paint?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jeffro View Post
                            Will a synthetic stock finish out just as nice? And do you have to do anything different to a synthetic black stock to get it to hold paint?
                            There are some paints made just for plastic!...even primers!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jeffro View Post
                              Will a synthetic stock finish out just as nice? And do you have to do anything different to a synthetic black stock to get it to hold paint?
                              Krylon camo has an additive in it that bonds w/anything...even crystal....why anyone would camo crystal is beyond me, but hey.....

                              You shouldn't have any probs w/synthetic...my Ithaca is synth and it went through the same process....even before Krylon added the new adhesives...;)

                              Here's a link to the product description....

                              http://www.krylon.com/products/camou...ion_technology
                              Last edited by Big_Saw; 01-12-2009, 03:16 PM.
                              "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                              "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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