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Applying camo finishes - DIY or send it to a Pro?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by birddog, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. birddog

    birddog bullshit meter

    Mar 4, 2008
    Dallas / Ft. Worth
    I have a SG that I'd like to refinish in a camo pattern. I'm tempted to use Brownell's rattle-can paint but I'd like some opinions on alternatives. I'd consider sending it to a pro if the finish is durable, wears well, and doesn't look like an amateur did it. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

  2. itchin

    itchin TGT Addict BANNED!!!

    Jul 15, 2011
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Rattle can it yourself. Not hard at all and you can update it as needed.
  3. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

    Oct 15, 2009
    Lampasas, Texas
    Clean it and lightly sand it first. The paint will hold better.

    Cleaning solvents will remove the paint so be careful with that.
  4. Paul5388

    Paul5388 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    Rusk County
    I have a Rem M700 that was DIYed before I got it in a trade. It doesn't look bad, but I have another M700 (1964 vintage) with a wood stock that has killed its share of deer. That leads me to thinking the camo isn't needed for most hunting, but it might help you lose your gun!
  5. TheDan

    TheDan 4th Best Member TGT Supporter

    Nov 11, 2008
    Austin - Rockdale
    I'm a DIY kinda guy... Did the below with Krylon Fusion rattle cans. I've found it to be a pretty tough paint, but you have to be patient. It takes a few weeks to cure to full hardness.


    lol... True; don't set a camo'd gun down and walk away from it. Camo helps if your quarry tends to alert primarily visually, but you're right that for the most part you don't need it. Most animals are going to smell and hear you before they see you.

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