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I guess I want to put a thread together of many, many camo pattern ideas for rifles.
I have come across a few web links of other sites where the pictures and steps by steps have great ideas.
I want to bundle them all here for us to share AND post the final results.

I have really been impressed with the pine needle or straw pattern.

This link has a great bunch of pictures:
http://dougva.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=Savage&action=display&thread=9692

Post any other pics or links or YOUR own photos.
 

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I have a black synth stock on a XL7 I just bought. Do I need to rough it with medium grit sand paper or rub it down with something to prep the stock before painting?
 

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Nope , NOT exlcusive. I saw some of your project, Erik. Looks great! Please post here too!
 

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GJinNY said:
Nope , NOT exlcusive. I saw some of your project, Erik. Looks great! Please post here too!
Alrighty then...

As I said in the thread on the rifle, when it comes to camo work, I fall back to what I was taught as a field troop, simple, muted, and blended. I don't tend to like fancy patterns and such.

A couple pics...





I need to get some better ones. :-\

And for more info: http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/index.php/topic,84004.0.html
 

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Coool.... did you prep the stock before painting?
 

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This is the pattern I really like:



And on this rifle too.



I would leave all metal normal- no camo
 

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Coool.... did you prep the stock before painting?
I just cleaned it with PURE (99%) Isopropyl Alcohol. Denatured Alcohol would work well as also.

If you just want to paint a synthetic stock, one of the plastic-specific paints would probably be a good way to go.

I painted a BB gun a few years ago with a textured "sand" or something like that paint and it turned out nice and has held up well.


EDIT: Scratch that first line. I wiped down the metal with IPA. The stock I just scrubbed with dish soap and rinsed thoroughly with hot water.
 

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My job when I was overseas in the Army was to spot snipers in camo, and deal with them.
Ever wonder why the US Army's rifles are only green, or green and black.
They have folks like me that can see artificial colors in the wild.
A solid colored and a gun ghille is far better, than something that does not belong in the picture
 
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My job when I was overseas in the Army was to spot snipers in camo, and deal with them.
Ever wonder why the US Army's rifles are only green, or green and black.
They have folks like me that can see artificial colors in the wild.
A solid colored and a gun ghille is far better, than something that does not belong in the picture
Yep. Agreed. The military taught me that simple is better. Light in dark spots, dark in light spots. :) I played a bit with the 795 cuz it ain't going into combat. ;D But, it's still pretty simple and muted.

I'm not a fan of patterned camo, even on clothes.
 

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Just got done watching video's on Youtube of do-it-yourself Camo Dip Kit.

The camo designs are incredible but NOT cheap.

http://www.camodipkit.com/products.htm
Most kits that could do a gun stock and more were about $100.

Too rich for my blood.

So far, 3 cans of camo spray paint and some pine needles/straw/goldenrod may do just fine.
 

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Trailrider, that looks pretty nice. Clean & simple, not cluttery. Any prob's with the camo paint peeling off? I painted a syn. stock with regular spray paint and I could peel it off like a banana peel.
 

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That's the problem I want to avoid too. Do you sand it lightly on the stock, just wipe it with IsoPropyl Alc, wipe with acetone, soap and water....what gets it to adhere best ? Is the Krylon the better paint? Rustoleum?

Nice camo job Trailrider
 

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That's the problem I want to avoid too. Do you sand it lightly on the stock, just wipe it with IsoPropyl Alc, wipe with acetone, soap and water....what gets it to adhere best ? Is the Krylon the better paint? Rustoleum?

Nice camo job Trailrider
I've done a couple synthetic stocks and I'll I've done is wash them thoroughly with dish soap and rinse with very hot water. A pair of latex or rubber gloves helps keep your finger prints off as well.

I've never had a problem with the paint peeling or flaking and I've only used normal spray paint. The flatter the paint it will probably adhere better than the shinier stuff. You can also use a good clear coat if you want.

As I said earlier, the plastic-specific paint might be just the ticket. But I've had good luck with standard stuff.

If you want to experiment, practice, and build confidence, spray paint one of the plastic cases you have laying around like for a drill, socket set, whatever.
 

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Having painted a couple rifles I think the best combination is using Krylon colors with duracoat clear coat. You get the ease of krylon with the durability of the duracoat. You can get the aerosol sprayer from your local autozone for $7 with the glass reservoir underneath the can.
 

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The paint I used that peeled off was a Krylon or Rustoleum textured paint (my brain is getting old and senile). I used the plastic specific paint after that and it sticks good, then I used the texture paint on top of that one. But on another forum I frequent some fellas found a paint that will give a webbing effect and I must say it looks pretty impressive. They bought it a craft store called Michaels, you may not have those stores where you fellas live, but your craft store might carry it.
I had visioned in my head a matte black stock with red splatter paint and it would have made my Redfield match my stock; but I gave up on that idea and went with a Boyds forest camo instead. I just couldn't get it perfected like I wanted it.
 

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I never thought of Michaels...we have them here. Sunday ad's have discount coupons alot too.

So, plastic specif paint eh? I 'll have to check em out on the way home tomorrow.

A clear coat of a matte is best isn't? No glare?
 
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