Camouflaging a synthetic rifle stock...

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  1. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure there is a thread on TFF somewhere that might have coverd this, but
    I have a Savage (black) synthetic stock that I would like to camouflage with spray paint.
    I was wondering what is the best way? I'm thinking of wipeing it totally clean with (non) acetone for cleaning and then useing several coats of flat-enamel
    Rust-oleum for a "field, grass-like" look.

    I was wondering what your all thoughts, ideas on this might be?
    I'm looking for a finish that'll be a bit scratch resistant, the more the better, and am hopeing for a good "tuff" finish.
    Any and all thoughts would be greatly apperciated.
    Havent ever done this for the fact, I havent owned too many synthetic stocks worth doing this to.
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  2. Rockyja

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    I thing it would be easier to just rub it lightly with 00 steel wool and then mask off the different patterns you want and spray paint it with flat paint of your choice. after 24 hours. steel wool it lightly again and then lay a coal of polly over it.

    That should work just fine.
  3. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

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    I thank you for the input Rockja. I'm wondering about the polyurathane on the flat paint....maybe a flat coat of it over the flat paint?
  4. cpttango30

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    I scuffed mine with a scotchbrite pad and used the Restolum for plastic paint. You can also use the textured paint as well for a little more grip. I went to Micheal's and got some fake grass and leaves to make stencils. Or go to walmart and pick up a pair of fishnet stockings that makes a good pattern for a camo job.

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  5. Snakedriver

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    Zane, after I do this with the rattle-can paint I typically put a coat of flat "clear" over my paint job to give it more durability in the field. It's worked out real good for me so far. After you're done and it's good & dry, rub it very lightly with some extra fine steel wool for a consistent flat appearance.

    They sell the clear finish at the same places you get the colored camoflage paint. :cool:
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    That turned out really well! I've heard of some tape that you can get that has no adhesive on it, but sticks to it's self. Easy to put on, easy to take off.
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    I was just headed out the door...

    If you have an interest in doing something like this I'll gladly give you the run down on how I did it. It's cheap, quick, easy and durable and only takes about an hour to complete.

    Let me know.

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    That's a work of art there, nice! I really like the "textured-type" on the finish!;)

    :thumbsup: Thanks Snakedriver, with what I'm after, sounds like the 'plan".
    I got to shoot my "new-to-me" Savage 11, in .204 Ruger out to 400yds yesterday and I thinking I've found a new Coyote Rifle.
    It dont have to be anything to awefully fancy, but I want to make a good job of it. Mostly to just make it blend as well as possible with field hunting, even though, it has the blued barrel/finish.
    I was thinking a more "grassy" type camo pattern
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    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

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    Yes sir!

    That's a fine job!
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    Zane here's my converted Mossberg 500 that I rattle-canned that has the flat clear on it. The barrel was shiny blue finished when I started. I coated it with flat black first before adding the rest of the colors. where you are the grassy camo will work great. Be sure to post a picture when you're done.

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    Looks really good, Sankedriver!

    (good or bad) :D , I'll post a pic when I get my Savage stock done.
    Hope to get what I need today and if the humidity permits, might get'er done within the next day or so.
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    Zane,

    I used Krylon Fusion Ulta-Flat Camo paint. Clean the stock well with mineral spirits to remove oils, no sanding is needed for the Fusion paint to stick well but I did sand the mold flash here and there.

    Pick whatever colors you like and lay out the pattern that you like in your mind, the method is easy and quick. You just add tape and paint colors until finished, then remove all the tape.

    I sprayed the whole stock tan, if you aren't using tan spray it the lightest color first.

    I used a wide roll of blue painters masking tape. I tore it in varied shapes and made up each part of the pattern with how ever many pieces of tape was needed, getting each shape out of one piece of tape is difficult.

    Tape over everything you want to stay tan or whatever color you sprayed the whole stock with.

    Leave the tape on and spray the stock green ( or your next color ). Tape over everything you want to be green. Leave all tape on and spray it black. Remove tape, you are done.

    I'm sorry that I just don't have the time today. I was hoping to take some pictures to show how easy this method is. This paint dries fast so you only need to wait about 15 minutes between adding more tape and paint. I did mine in less than an hour.

    I didn't use poly on top, don't think it's needed at all. The Krylon Fusion paint is durable after it dries for a few days. Just be careful the first few days with it until it is completely dry and hard. I did lightly mist each color on the stock from a distance to soften the pattern up some too.

    I just read what I just said...I seem to have made it more complicated than it really is. ;)

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    Great job guys!! All of them look fantastic.

    Zane, the poly on flat paint works good. I do a lot of woodwood in my garage and use poly on almost everfything. They come out nice.
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    I taped leaves and ferns to the black stock and sprayed with OD spray paint

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    Thanks guys for all the great info, and they all look great! Got me some paint today and hope to get a "patteren" laid out in my mind and do some painting, right real soon.
    Might toss in some white-pine needle pattern and some, (what I've always heard it called) is "fire-grass" weed pattern.
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    ALL you guys done an excellent job on your rifles, so much, 'bout ashamed to post pics of my "job"! lol
    I did get it finished and plan to take a few pics today as I've been letting the paint throughly dry inside in the AC.
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    Zane, the good news is that if it doesn't turn out right the first time, you can sand it down and re-paint it again. I think the process works best if you start with the light colors first and work to the darks last. The hard part to remember is the "less is more". If the colors are too crisp, you can give it a light misting from a distance with say an olive green or dark brown.

    Looking forward to the pictures. :cool:
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    If his paint work is any thing like his carpentry we won't be disappointed. Dale did you ever share your gun cabinet with the forum?

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    I like your work Gunhugger. It is very reminiscent of WW2 era German Tiger Stripe camo. Very cool.
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