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Old January 27, 2013, 02:47 PM   #1
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How to make a synthetic stock camouflage?

Hey everyone, I recently bought a black synthetic stock for my marlin 25 with the idea of painting a camo pattern on it. The problem is I've had a hard time figuring out just how to do that, can't seem to get any good ideas online. As for colors I want to try and do some sort of snow/arctic camo which maybe has some blotches of black and grey here and there. So basically I want it to be a woodland style pattern just with white/black/grey. Anyone know how to do this without having to buy a kit?
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Old January 27, 2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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Don't worry about your pattern if you don't like it use laquer thinner to remove the paint and start over. You can paint your stock several times with a can of spray paint.
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Old January 27, 2013, 05:50 PM   #3
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Test a bit of whatever paint remover you choose on a non vital inconspicuous place. take the butt plate off and dab a little bit on the inside. Wait a little while and check to see if it caused any change in texture.

Some solvents eat certain plastics like acid, make sure the one you pick does not.

Painting camo on a rifle is done in a variety of ways that have different kinds of results.

Look up some camouflage stencils. print out several copies of each and cut them out with an xacto knife. Paint a base coat of white and allow to dry. Tape stencils down with painter tape. Start transfering the pattern to the areas you want it. Try to get some heavy paper to print out the stencils as you will get less paint bleeding through.
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Old January 27, 2013, 10:39 PM   #4
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Your best bet, is to paint the base coat in the lightest color, and then for the most part, go lighter to darker with the rest.

Before you start, you want to do a little prep. Make sure you degrease everything real well. I usually use Gun Scrubber or something similar. Do everything a couple of times, and do your hands as well, especially just before you paint.

Youll also want to figure out how you want to hold the gun while you paint, and how you will hang or prop it up to dry. Dont wait until you start painting to figure it out, do a dry run ahead of time.

When you paint, dont try to do it all in one coat. Do a couple of three or four light coats, and use a hair dryer on it after each coat to "set" the paint.

If you go to Brownells, they have some videos on how to apply their Aluma Hyde II, and some of their other paints. They are well worth watching, even if youre not using those paints.

Aluma Hyde II is a good paint to by the way, but it is pretty much permanent. Ive used it on a number of things with very good results, but you do have to follow the directions to the letter, and it takes about a week to cure, before you can touch it.

Mostly, I use Testors Military Flats, and lately, some of the Krylon "camo" colors. The Testors can be removed with some work, and the krylon seems to come of OK as well. Their "Fusion" line is made to bond with plastics, and may not though.

I used to break the gun down into parts and paint everything that way. I no longer do that, unless Im looking to use the paint as refinish. These days, I just tape off the sights and anything I dont want painted, and then just spray the whole gun in the base color. Then I take sheets of printer/notebook paper, and cut random patterns in shapes similar to the pattern I want to duplicate. Then I lay them on the gun where I want them, and make a couple of passes over them with the next color paint, until I get them all done.

This was the last paint job I did. Its my M&P15 in Multicam........

Same gun on the pattern....

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Old January 27, 2013, 10:51 PM   #5
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Thank you for the advice guys! And by the way AK103K... that AR looks awesome!
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