Camo Paint a Gun
Painting camouflage on a gun requires patience and precision. It will give your gun a professional look that blends into your surroundings and help protect your gun from weather elements or scratches. The key is to avoid getting paint on certain mechanisms of the gun and to use the correct paint colors.
1. Clean the gun. Use a soft clean rag that is moist with acetone. Wipe down the gun lightly to get rid of oils and dirt.
2. Secure masking tape around the parts of the gun that shouldn’t be painted, such as the scope (if there is one), any sort of dial or power settings and the bolt. If you do not want camouflage on the grip, wrap masking tape around it as well.
3. In a well-ventilated area, lay out garbage bags taped together or a large canvas material. Lay the gun down in the painting area. Put on gloves, a mask and protective eyewear if desired.
4. Shake the spray paint cans well before each use. Paint a khaki base coat on the gun. Lay the gun down on one side and spray the khaki paint solidly onto the surface. Let dry for about a half-hour. Turn the gun over and repeat the process on the other side of the gun, making sure to reach the top and bottom parts of the gun. Let dry for another half-hour. Once dry, repeat with a second coat.
5. Take the sponge brush and tear small chunks out of the tip and sides to create a ragged effect. Cut the plastic bottle in half, and spray the olive or dark green color paint into the bowl part of the plastic bottle until it is about halfway full. Lay the gun on one side.
6. Take the torn up sponge brush and dip it into the bowl of green spray paint. Dab various blobs of the green paint all over the gun, creating various shapes and sizes. These should not be perfect shapes such as circles, but the blobs should have wavy edges and curves. Space them out about 1 1/2 to 3 inches apart. When done, you should still see a sufficient amount of khaki. Let dry for about a half-hour and then repeat on the other side.
7. Cut the top off the second plastic bottle, and spray the brown spray paint into its bowl. Tear chunks out of the second sponge brush just as you did with the first. This third coat of spray paint will be made up of the lightest touches and smallest shapes. Do this by lightly dipping the edge of the sponge brush into the paint and quickly running it along the side of the gun, creating random rows of brown lines in between the green blobs that are perpendicular to you. This is done to create more of an overshadow, rather than thick lines of paint. Let dry for 30 minutes, then repeat on opposite side.
8. Look over your camouflage paint job. You should be able to see khaki, green blobs and small brown lines that almost resemble tiger stripes.
9. Remove the masking tape from the gun parts when the paint is dry.