Spray paint your rifle?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by AlotOfPayne, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. AlotOfPayne

    AlotOfPayne New Member

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    How do you feel about spray painting your rifle or rifles would you just spray paint your inexpensive ones or would you spray paint any rifle you own or do you think spray painting a gun is dumb also do you think it decreases the value on like a synthetic stock ???
     
  2. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    There are a lot of ways to approach it. Also some things to ask yourself.

    Is the rifle one that you plan to keep forever? Is the rifle a collector piece for you or a practical tool? Will painting it do anything functionally for you? If the paint is for practical camouflage, are you going to want to change color schemes for seasons or terrain?

    If you are going to keep the rifle, then it doesn't really matter. If its not a collector piece for you, it doesn't really matter.

    If you are wanting to add value, it could be best to use one if the tougher coatings instead of basic spray paint, but these are more permanent. If you want versatility to change color for season or terrain, you could go with one color of a resin type costing, and add spray paint colors for seasons. Then clean off the spray paint, and add a different color for a different season.

    Or just go with a single camo
    Pattern in a high quality costing, or go the other end of the spectrum and just use Krylon and change colors when you want.

    If you are looking to resell, and you are worried about value, Krylon may be the way to go. It can be cleaned off, but its a pain to get the gun back to original condition. Or have it professionally coated.
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    depends on the rifle and the look i'm after. first of all, i hate plain black synthetic stocks, regardless of what brand or rifle they are on. they look cheap. every synthetic stock i own has a camo finish, either the one they came from the factory with or one of my camo paint jobs. some of my rifles with synthetic stocks get changed out to a laminate stock to dress them up. personally i never paint the metalwork when i do mine, but have seen others do great jobs painting the entire rifle, including the scope. comes down to persoanl preference. i can't see where it would decrease the value unless the job was done poorly with little to no proper prep work before doing the painting. in some cases it could even increase the value a little. again it comes down to personal preference. again, i don't paint the metalwork on mine, simply because if i did want to revert back to completely stock configuration it would be much easier if the need were to arise.

    a few of my painted stocks and laminates.
     

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  4. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    Personally, I have a hard enough time keeping up with a gun that has a wood stock and gloss finish. Usually when I go hunting I have more than just hunting in mind. I have seen people set camouflage guns down. Then we had to line up and search the area for 30 minutes or longer before we recovered the gun.

    People killed just as much or more game before anyone ever sold a camouflage weapon/stock. If birds flared the chances are it was because your face was glowing not the gun. If you have ever rode in a helicopter over an area where men were training you see their faces, not their guns. I didn't serve in the day of camo weapons. The M16A1 rifle was black and shiny. The best way to stop birds from flaring is don't look up until you are ready to shoot. You can hear the whistle of the birds wings, look up when the birds are in range.

    If birds and other game were frightened by shiny objects they would never reach their destination. Movement is what catches the eye of game animals and humans. If you can sit perfectly still the chances are that neither man or beast can find you.

    In conclusion there no reason to paint a weapon, unless it has been abused. Leave it the way it came from the manufacturer it will look better longer. You can sell it for more money. When I see cerakote or spray paint the first thing that comes to my mind is abuse, leading me to consider a the cost of a new stock when I buy the gun.
     
  5. AlotOfPayne

    AlotOfPayne New Member

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    I asked the question to see if you as a person would paint yours I no not to paint collectible guns but I have a inexpensive but nice marlin 22-250 26" heavy barrel but it was just too plain black synthetic stock like axxe said I didn't paint any metal I took the gun apart and just painted the stock it looked ok for awhile but I got tired of it because I just had it a solid tan so yesterday I took every thing apart and painted the whole gun and scope but I did not paint the action or scope turrets ImageUploadedByFirearms Talk1389190191.045960.jpg
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  6. AlotOfPayne

    AlotOfPayne New Member

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    *Sorry that's know not no
     
  7. phideaux

    phideaux Active Member Supporter

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    My Savage 11 Trophy Hunter, I love this tack driver, and just wanted to do something for it.
    Easy to do, been like this for quite a whie, mostly a range gun , but Coyote hunter also.
    10 coats of clearcoat , and not a single scratch.

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  8. AlotOfPayne

    AlotOfPayne New Member

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    Nice Jim that is a really good looking rifle. There is nothing wrong with my rifle either I just got tired of the plain black stock. Plus ill be using mine in the field, how did you get that pattern on there?
     
  9. phideaux

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    I sprayed the stock with 2-3 coats of Rustoleum plastic primer.( after extreme cleaning and 400 grit wiping, with denatured alcohol. If you dont like the primer color, spray Fusion color of choice , for a base.
    Let dry 24 hrs.
    Then used a ladies ,size large, fish net panty hose from Walmart, stretched one leg, over stock to cling and strech to my liking for pattern.

    Then sprayed, straight on, with flat black, Fusion from Walmart, about 2-4 coats, let dry 24 hrs. Remove panty hose.

    Spray with enamel clear coat, 8-10 coats , let dry 7 days, than applied Meguiars NXT polymer car polish, wipe down to high luster.

    Tougher than wood finish.

    Jim
     
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  10. AlotOfPayne

    AlotOfPayne New Member

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    Nice you can't tell in my pictures, but I used a net type material for the top layer
     
  11. phideaux

    phideaux Active Member Supporter

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    My grandsons Cricket,
    This was my trial paint job.

    He loves it, calls it Copperhead.:)
    Its tough, and does not scratch.

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  12. Beezer

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    That is a cool looking rifle. Great paint job!
     
  13. Jesse80

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    I have painted a couple rifles... You guys may gave seen ten on here.... The AR that is my profile pic I "spray painted".
    Degreased it and used brownells paint as me base layers. Touched up a few brighter areas with standard spray paint.

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    The hardest part of painting a $1900 weapon ststem is the first squirt.... Then your committed!!
     
  14. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    if your going to paint a firearm at least get some decent paint and a hobbyist airbrush they are not that pricey.

    spray paint in a rattle can is on the same level as buying a lorcin 25 to go fight the taliban... the only thing spray paint is good for is gangs leaving a mark one someone's building or painting a steel target your gonna shoot. thats about it.

    the stuff is cheap junk for a reason.
     
  15. Jesse80

    Jesse80 New Member

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    .... I'd have to disagree. Get the right kind, and apply it with some forethought and your projects can come out great.
     
  16. AlotOfPayne

    AlotOfPayne New Member

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    Agree Jesse, as long as you take the time to clean it and let it dry, then put down your base layers, let them dry then put on your top layers, let them dry, then I clear coat like lots of layers let it dry and mine turned out great
     
  17. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i have to disagree as well Jon. the paint used or the method it's applied are almost irrelevent to a degree. the key to making paint stick and last, is all in the prep work before evr putting any paint on. i worked in the collision industry for many years and have learned what it takes to make paint stick. even the most expensive paint and the best there is won't stick if the prep work isn't done properly.

    i put a lot of attention into my prep work on my rifles, long before i ever put the first layer of color down. another key factor is to spray many lighter coats allowing ample drying time in between the coats rather that a few thick coats.

    i use the Krylon Camo Flat paints on my stocks and have a couple that have been on them for several years and areholding up to abuse quite well so far. i even did the rocker panels of my old truck with the Krylon Camo paint over four years ago. this truck isn't babied or even hand washed. it goes down dirt roads and gravel roads and might see the car wash a few times a year, and those rocker panels are holding up very well to the abuse. but the big factor was the prep work i put into it before i painted them.
     
  18. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Jon,
    A Lorcin 25 . LOL havent seen one of those in a while. At least I can count on mine to fire when I pull the trigger even if it is ugly . I have a hard time paying someone for a airbrush job for something that need to be flat paint , gets beat around and used alot on a rifle thats really not that expensive . If I was building a show piece / safe queen different story
    This is my yote gun , I tried to make it blend in wiht my yearly surroundings because we go from very green to burnt to a crisp grass throughout our season


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  19. AlotOfPayne

    AlotOfPayne New Member

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    Purehavok nice gun mine is also my coyote gun. What is that a savage axis or the ruger American there stock is so similar. Also what caliber? Mine is a 22-250 marlin
     
  20. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Savage Axis, I have had it for about 3 years , its been a dead nuts accurate rifle . I had some trigger work done on it because it wasnt real great not having the accutrigger ,but thats it.