I feel so exposed and dirty.
Very impressed. now that you have updated with the fianl steps I can't wait to see the reeds and get my hands on it!!
The process is way too much for a real waterfowler, lest he/she would want to hunt with a piece of outdoor art, rather than a shotgun that has como'ed utility and functionality over and above that old Ithaca/Rem 10 ga.
1) Don't hunt or try to hunt with a shotgun that you can't swim or motor away from if it is lost overboard. Too much emotional or financial attachment to a fowling piece detracts from you personal ability to successfully hunt ducks & geese. (50 years ago I dropped a brand new Browning Superposed, one from their custom shop, into a the waist-deep frozen waters of a willow flat, and I quickly learned my first lesson about what shotgun I should have been using; I invested in Remington 870s for duck and goose hunting shortly thereafter.)
2) Then take your chosen fowling piece - I've often taken two (2) shotguns along, just in case - but take one or more of your chosen shotguns and spray them down with ether (automotive starting fluid; Walmart about $2 per can) and wipe off the excess with a clean, dry rag. Do not take the gun apart!
3) Next, tape over the bolt, floor-plate, trigger and safety, and the sight beads with some 3M masking tape before painting.
4) Spray with the entire shotgun with the best grey primer you can find (self etching primers are my personal favorite, but since zinc chromate primers have been taken off the market for environmental reasons, Walmart's best will do, because if you hunt very much you'll be repainting the piece next year).
5) Then after the primer has dried, take your greens, browns, blacks, etc. and spray the shotgun to effectively break the outline of the shotgun and to fit the field, timber, or open water (blues & greys) situation you generally hunt.
6) Remember - if a duck or goose gets close enough to determine that your fowling piece is really a shotgun - it should already be dead! Unless of course you're waving it about in the Shoot! Don't Shoot! Jack-in-the-box manner outside the blind.
Now get your fowling piece ready to kill some birds - and stop worrying about how artsie your shotgun looks! - the season is almost here. Buy some good shotshells, because they do make a difference.
And remember - "It's not what you shoot - rather where you hit - that really makes aeal difference!"