I have had my precision rifle painted before, but:
- I have changed a bunch of stuff, and now it's a pretty stable configuration
- It is too dark. It was pretty up close, but sorta useless as camo. Unlike my carbines, I never loose my precision rifle in the woods, which seems a bad sign.
- I was a pussy 12 years ago when I last painted it, and only did the stocks.
When originally painted:
My driveway doesn't look that nice anymore. Now that I see it in comparison, I guess I need to save up for new driveway soon.
This is my most usual painting procedure, where I don't try to get a specific pattern, but just get A pattern to break up small and large. I won't bother showing the whole procedure, but I did document it so if you care: https://www.flickr.com/search/...t=pss&view_all=1
- Clean, clean and clean more. I use denatured alcohol and rags.
- Mask. I use entirely low-tack tapes (blue, green etc), have a cutting mat, a bunch of X-Actos and an art degree. I masked everything I wanted to see, but nothing mechanical except the muzzle. Everything else I just assumed I will paint not too thick so it won't get gummed up.
- Clean as you mask. If low-tack tape doesn't stick, it's not clean enough, so get the rags back out, let it dry until the tape sticks.
- Think about masking some more. I shot with some people this weekend who didn't remember which way their zoom went, and cannot look as they painted it. I masked off every witness mark, every note about what way to twist and how many MRAD per click, etc. Then I went away, came back an hour later, and looked for more to mask.
- Paint a base layer. I like to do a dark base, in broad stripes. Here, brown and OD. Mostly in Rapco for this, which covered in two thin layers.
- Wait till dry, flip and carefully paint under, around, etc. Get full coverage. Here, I didn't repaint the bottom legs of the bipod, so had a cheat for this.
- Wait till dry, then wait an hour more, then I wrap whatever I want to get the pattern with. Sometimes, I do two pattern layers and a middle color, then the light color, but not today. This was camo net repair kit bits, and lots of twine to get more stripes of dark in it and hold the net still.
- Paint, rotate and paint, flip and paint. Slowly. Thin layers.
- Wait for it to dry. Then wait a couple more hours. Remove the camo net and string.
- Find out what doesn't look good. I had a couple gaps with outstanding blocks of not-enough-pattern. Just lay down the net and paint whatever is needed. Here, I overpainted with dark colors mostly. It's not the same layers of paint, but looks the same.
- Wait, wait more. Remove tapes. I use the X-Acto to remove them so I am just picking the very edge of the tape, not scraping the paint job with a fingernail, etc.
- I then popped the mag, and inverted it, and sprayed some lube up into the mechanism, but left it alone. After 3 days I pulled the bolt, lubed it and left it out. After a week (yesterday!) I shot it, but it will take a month before fully cured, so it is going to sit neatly after this until that is done.
Some in progress shots. Shiny means I took the photo immediately, while paint is still wet:
Done and outside:
Now I want to redo the range card, but my eyes suck, I worry much darker (it is tan and green now) and I won't be able to read it.