View Full Version : $15.00 shotgun paint job

February 23, 2008, 07:59 PM

I used the above paint from walmart. I put on 3 coats of the rustoleum.
Then I put on 3 coats of the camo. I completely dissasembled the mossberg and also did the inside of the reciever. I waited 2 hours each in bewteen coats. The directions say to wait for 7 days for the paint to settle and become chip free which I did. I fired 100 rounds today and took it apart and cleaned it.

The paint job is still holding fine.
I could not afford to send it off and get a $300.00 duracoating.:(

I am now ready for some trap shooting.

February 23, 2008, 08:03 PM
I would be interested to see this shotgun again from time to time, at regular intervals...to see how the paint stands up to wear. Provided it gets used regularly and isnt just a locker queen.

February 23, 2008, 08:03 PM
looks good.

February 23, 2008, 10:48 PM
While I am pretty satisfied with the factory mossberg black/blue finish I am liking the way that turned out... My concern is that I have 3 materials to coat... metal (barrel is steel and receiver alloy), forestock is wood (not a real hard wood) and poly rear stock... I would bake mine at 150-175 for additional durability... One question is why worry about inside receiver? I would think it is gonna be a gumming concern... so how do you think it is gonna hold up overall?

February 24, 2008, 11:45 AM
I am now ready for some trap shooting.

Nice paint job ! But that's one crazy looking Trap shooting gun!

I hope you can shoot! :D


February 24, 2008, 12:44 PM
What is that on the muzzle?????

February 24, 2008, 01:29 PM
What is that on the muzzle?????

Its Mossberg's breaching barrel.

February 24, 2008, 08:11 PM
Well it sure looks like a dedicated Trap gun to me. No cumbersome shoulder stock to fool with, the ability to breech the doors at the clubhouse in case no one is there and the perfect balance between the hands. It has to be a Trap shooter dream gun.

February 25, 2008, 09:13 AM
Exactly my plans.:D

Go in at night breach myself in and then do some night trap shooting with pigeons I had painted with that glow in the dark spray paint.

Bring along a few beers and it it would be like those "cosmo bowling" nights at the bowling alley.

Cosmo trap night.

Even better bring some black lights and have the pigeons painted that flourecent yellow, orange, white and green.

February 25, 2008, 09:26 AM
Actually this particular shotgun is for use in my "Goblin Survival Kit"

I am building a "Goblins Survival kit" because I was absolutely discussted and amazed at what happend during hurricane Katrina.

Ghetto Goblins shall not infest my home/neighborhood in the next crisis!

I plan on having enough supplies and ammunition that I could build my own boat with just those green plastic ammo boxes alone. (might need to use some duct tape as well though)

February 25, 2008, 10:48 AM
Looks good. I did mine awhile back. All it needs now is subdued a little. Lightly spray some black paint fron 12" or more away so it'll speckle it. Practice on cardboard to get the density you want.

February 25, 2008, 11:40 AM
If you want Duracoat without great cost their basic kit is $50 and has everything you need to do 1 - 4 firearms. It's easy to do and turns out real nice with no baking at all. The coating also works on wood, metal, and plastics.

February 25, 2008, 02:17 PM
The reason I did this to my shotgun was it was really a trial run. I wanted to do my hunting shotgun but was afraid I would mess it up. So the goblin shotgun was used for practice.

I thought about duracoat but I did not have a paint sprayer. Also since I plan on using it on my hunting shotgun, I figured I would need to change the camo pattern bassed on where I was going and when I was hunting.

With the spray paint, "No big deal" I can do a camo job based on the season and location of the hunt. Cost $15.00. It is much more expensive and time consuming to do with duracoat.

This woodland color is okay for hunting in florida this winter. Next winter I hope to go to alaska and do some bear hunting (maybe bag a "yeti" instead).
I will have the gun painted white camo then.

All in all if you screw it up It can be removed with some gun oil, tooth brush and some serious scrubbing. :D

February 29, 2008, 10:41 AM
Why did you need black paint when the gun is already black?

February 29, 2008, 11:23 AM
kind of reminds me of the rifles in "shooter"

i would have gone with a fern pattern ;)

looks good.


February 29, 2008, 11:55 AM
wakerider... the only thing "matte" in mossberg finish is parkerized "marineccote". While my gun is a basic "goblin critter gitter" it ain't dull. The black aluminum receiver is glossy and the 2o year old semi less than perfect bluing else where is still kinda shiny... I would think that camo paint may look jist a touch meaner to a ghetto goblin than mine in black... After the storm camo is not needed but if you refrain from wasting one round on a goblin to let him warn his buddies to avoid "trick or treating" at your house is a savings... Another post hurricane tactic is to have a big enuff generator to run a cord to yer neighbors homes... They become VERY low cost security and I hope they remember the lessons next time... We put up barricades on the street to protect their cords and it was a pretty well policed street in a chitty neighborhood in Daytona...


Bill DeShivs
February 29, 2008, 01:52 PM
And, you can take it off with mineral spirits.

March 1, 2008, 12:56 AM
Looks good to me and, this not a knock, reminds me of the old GI Joe camo patterns from the 1970s!

March 3, 2008, 02:27 AM
for those that want to see how the paint holds up-

it holds up fine, i have painted vehicles, engines, boats and motorcycles with that paint, my grandpa has a side by side that he painted in the 60's that is also holding up just fine.....i have no qualms with painting a gun with spray paint.

Double Naught Spy
March 3, 2008, 03:50 AM
Avoiding using expressions involving "breach myself" when talking about tools with teeth on the end. It just ain't right.

The paint will hold up about as well as most of y'all expect. So long as the gun isn't banged on things, the paint will be fine. However, it will wear around the pump from the pump motion (or may).

Have you seen the tan painted guns in Iraq. They are speckled from where the paint has been chipped off or scratched from contact with things. Aside from revealing the darker underneath bluing or parkerizing, the speckling actually helps break up the outline of the gun. So damage to the paint can be beneficial optically.

However, it can be updated, repaired, or otherwise modified very cheaply. He didn't use all $15 of paint. Those can should be about 95+% full still.

March 3, 2008, 07:29 AM
That is not black flat paint. It is really a dark brown. If you look at it in the photo it looks like it is black but it is really dark brown.

I keep a good coat of oil on the magazine tube and inside of the forearm tube. So far nothing has scraped off. Just make sure it is always well lubricated.

March 3, 2008, 07:32 AM
The tips I have based on doing this.

1) If you do not like the camo job, paint it green again a try again.
( I did not like the first camo job so I did a light coat of green and two hours latter tried again.)

2) Strip the gun and wash the parts in a degreaser before you start painting.
(I took the shotgun apart and took a shower with it and used dawn dish detergent to degrease it.)

3) After drying it, (do not touch with hands ) I used disposable latex gloves to handle the parts while spraypainting it. It gets finger prints real easily that stick in the paint.

4) Always spray in very very fine light coats. If you do not it will bubble or run.

5) Spray each part seperately for the green. For the camo stripes assemble the barrel to the reciever and do them simultaneously. Then take the barrel off of the reciever and follow the strip around the barrel and the magazine tube.(This gets cohesive stripes that go completly under and around the barrel and magazine tube)

6) Take your time, spray it about 6-8 inches away in a fine mist. Take your time.

7) Wait atlleast 1.5-2 hours in bewtwen coats. Do not tuch untill atleast 2 hours.

8) Probably the most important step after this is to leave it dissasembled and wait the full 7 days before reasembly.

9) Before final assembly, use lots of lube on the magazine tube and inside of the forearm before completing assembly and using the shotgun.

March 3, 2008, 07:41 AM
"Looks good to me and, this not a knock, reminds me of the old GI Joe camo patterns from the 1970s!"

I did this pattern because the strips help break up the long straight barrel outline.

Also I am too poor to afford decent camoflauge. All I have are old USMC woodland camoflauge uniforms I have left of from my service. I was trying to match it to that camo.

March 9, 2008, 09:57 AM
Looks good to me too. The color combo works great. Only comments I have are maybe the "too" straight pattern stripes on the receiver area? The barrel and grip area looks more random and will blend in better.

March 9, 2008, 05:52 PM
What kind of fore-arm grip is that? I'd like that on my 870.

March 11, 2008, 08:58 AM
Its a knoxx breacher grip.

I just sold it Friday on this website. I am painting a factory stock from mossberg to replace it.

I will post pictures of the new stock also.

March 14, 2008, 03:34 PM
Well you just gave me one heck of a good idea, and good explenation. I think i will try it this weekend, maybe just in an olive drab or desert tan, my 500 needs a new finish pretty bad any way.

March 15, 2008, 11:21 AM
hey super,,,is that a hole saw on the end of that barrel,,,,for when you are breaching you can fix the door when you have torn up the lock,,,,:D

them mossberg people,,, what will they think of ext???

and the Dura-Coat $50 kit comes with an air brush

sorry,,, the devil made me do it:rolleyes:


March 17, 2008, 05:12 PM
Didn't go the camo route... I painted it with a can of desert sand. I may need to redo it, but it was not bad for a first try.

March 17, 2008, 08:45 PM
What about heat distortion? If your gonna do alot of goblin shooting I think the paint would act as a heat insulator and the barrel wouldnt disperse the heat like its supposed to when things get rocking and rolling at a molecular level. What kind of heat does it take to change the metalurgical composition of a shotgun barrel? I know they are cryo treating them to change the grain structure and im sure that alot of heat does the same but in a reverse affect.

March 18, 2008, 06:12 AM
I dont think any of us shoot a shotgun fast enough and with enough rounds to cause any heat damage to the barrel. Also mossberg duracoats shotguns at the factory. They would not do this if it caused damage to the shotgun.

March 18, 2008, 06:14 AM

Your paint looks like it is textured rock. Did you get the rock texture krylon?

March 18, 2008, 08:17 AM
Yes it is Rock Textured Krylon, it literally is like sand. It functions smoothly, and I paid special attention to not getting paint any where that the grittiness might hinder its function. I wanted something different, and it has a functional desert camo look, due to its speckled appearance.

March 18, 2008, 10:00 AM
If you had a bigger picture posted I am sure it looks cool.

You should do the stock and forearm also!

March 19, 2008, 02:00 PM
looks good