Ok guys, after posting pics of the guns that I`ve painted, I`ve recieved alot of requests on a step by step process. I have taken in a gun from Fowl Wishes here at DHC to see how someone other than me, family, and friends like it. He will post up when it`s returned and let you boys know what he thinks. Until then here is a detailed account of what I do.
First here is a before pic of the victim. She is a Remington SP 10 duck killing machine.
Pretty ain`t she
1. The gun was completly diassembled and cleaned internaly.
2. All wood was sanded to remove the clear coat and stain if any. If your painting a composite stock and forearm, ruff it up with some 120 frit so that it holds paint. Any rust on the metal was sanded to prevent future rusting. This part is extreamly important! Any areas not to be painted were taped off. Finally the entire gun was wiped down with thinner to remove any dust or forgein particals. Also make sure to wear thin rubber gloves when your cleaning all of the parts. If not you run the chance of leaving oil from your hands on the parts and it WILL rust under the paint.
3. The paint used for the primer, base and overspray are
a. Rust-oleum gray auto primer
b. Krylon reed brown ultra flat
c. Krylon OD green ultra flat
d. Krylon black ultra flat ( also there is a dark brown that Krylon offers. You can use it instead of black. Personaly I think it looks better with the dark brown. I call it the chocolate pattern
4. I hung the gun parts using thin hemp purchased at Wally world in the craft department.
5. Next I sprayed 2 coats of primer and allowed it to dry between coats. Pay attention to all the nooks and cranies. Go light until you get the feel of it or you`ll end up with the runs Do not apply to much paint. If you apply to much it will crack due to build up. Just enough to cover the parts completly. After this dries it may be neccasary to run some 400 grit sand paper over composit or wood pieces. Some of these products absorb the paint and swell causeing the surface to be rough. After you re-sand them make sure to hit them with the primer again.
6. After the primer is dry, I apply 2 coats of the Krylon reed brown. Again take your time. ( Just enough to fully cover all parts )
7. After everything is good and dry, remove all of the pieces and place them on a flat area covered in newspaper. I went into my field and picked some dead weeds for the over spray. For the first color, OD green, I usualy choose a thicker diameter weed such as johnson grass. This way you will leave some of the reed brown showing thru. Grasp the reeds in one hand and hold them against the surface of the gun. Spray slowly over the weeds, make sure not to move or they will be fuzzy. Keep the spray can about 6" from the parts and lightly spray until you get the desired color. Then move to another area of the gun and repeat. Make sure to rotate the weeds to creat varying patterns ( rotate left/right/up/down ) Remember this is the back ground. Do one side of one piece at a time. Let it COMPLETLY dry before turning it over to do the other side. One thing to always check is to make sure that you keep the darkness or lightness of each piece roughly the same. If not it will look like a calico cat when assembled.
8. After you have finished the OD green the black is next. Go and pick you some more weeds. But this time they should be as thin as you can find. Do the same process as before but watch it with the black. To much here and she will be TO dark. Go light your just adding a small amount of detail to the backgroun to give it depth.
9. Now I bring the gun inside and assymble the barrel, reciever, trigger, and the butt stock. This is done so that when you paint the reeds and allow them to transfer from piece to piece. Also you need to make sure that the background is even through out the entire gun.
10. Here is a list of paints that I use to do the reeds in the order that they are applied.
a. American accents taupe
b. American accents nutmeg
c. American accents hunters club green
d. Rust-oleum flat black
11. And here are the brushes that I used. They can be found at any art store.
a. 1/4" angled medium bristle
b. 3/8" angled medium bristle
12. To paint the reeds, place the brush on the surface so that the angle is against the gun with the long end of the angle farthest away from you. Try to start at an area of the gun that has an edge so that the reeds apear to be coming out of that spot. As you draw the brush away from the starting point decrease the amount of pressure that you are applying and try to flic your wrist slowly to create the thin tips of the reeds. Change the way the reeds flow to create a varying pattern. Move down the side of the gun and feel in the reeds as dense as you want. This first process is done with the color taupe only.
13. Now for the fun part. The next process you will us the nutmeg only. Your going to do this step the same as the last, but the twist is you will be going OVER the reeds you painted the first time. Don`t cover the whole reed only part of it. This is adding the detail of varying colors of the reeds. This is where most people make mistakes. It is difficult to make the brush go over the same area you`ve already painted. Practice first.
14. Now you will use the green. Only place a few green reeds to the gun. If you add to many it will not blend in as well. The green gives it a realistic look. These are done seperatly from the other reeds.
15. The final color is black. You will use this to place a small amount to 85% of the total reeds including the green ones. This will really bring out the detail in your reeds and set them apart from the background. Remember only 85% of the reeds. That way in will apear as two different layers of reeds. Those close and those a little further away. One thing to remember about the black is go small. Don`t cover your other colors. Your only adding fine detail.
16. Let the paint dry overnight in a warm place. The last process is the clear matte finish. This will help to protect the paint in inclement weather. I use a clear acrylic sealer personaly but and clear in matte finish will work ( try Krylon matte finish as well )
17. Hang the gun back up and apply the sealer. I personaly do three coats. If possible place the gun in the sun while drying. The suns heat will practical bake the stuff on hard as a rock. Or you can buy a heat lamp bulb and place it in a aluminum drop light. Hang it near the parts in a barn or someplace to let it heat up and bake in.
Here is the finished project all assymbled. I`ll let her dry for at least another 24 hours just to make sure it`s good to go.
This is a fun projest for others to try. If you mess up, start over again. Take your time and have fun with it.
I would like to thank Fowl Wishes for trusting a stranger enough to send me his gun and letting me know what he thinks when it arrives back to him. And also ol`yeller who came up with the first post on painting a gun. Your info was invaluable.