Rattlecan Paint job for rifle

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No sanding or any other prep?
You can if you want, but then you can never go back. I just rub my down with alcohol and spray light coats. Even high use areas have not worn yet. If I was doing Cerakote or something I would probably prep better.
 

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Love the dragonskin you can do with a net laundry bag. Also, try some fearn and small tree leaves as stencils. After the base color is fully dry, hold the leaves down with a little Elmer's glue stick. It comes right off with Windex.
Since it's rattle can quality, you can't really screw it up. Just call that last color you don't like a base coat[wink]
 

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No sanding or any other prep?
I really wouldn’t. It will wear eventually anyway, whether you sand or not. But sanding will damage the original finish. Just make sure you remove oils so it doesn’t flake. Aside from price, the good thing about paint is that it’s not permanent. If you want permanent and durable, go with cerakote.


You weren’t asking me, but I got these through Amazon I think? The wife got them for me a while back so I could touch up the camo job I did on a kayak.

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I used rustoleum paints on my helmet parts and M4 furniturethat lasted a couple deployments. It works well enough for the price and availability.

I prefer the aerovoe paints, for the variety of colors. But the can be hard to find.
 

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It creates the x like pattern. Cause its mesh!
I usually use mesh of different sizes on the same rifle. When mesh is laid flat and tight against surface you get a sharp pattern. When off surface a softer pattern. If one end of a short piece is flat and the other end off surface the pattern fades out. (sounds difficult but it is not. Just drop mesh on surface, fold over or bunch up one end) I like fade out pattern as my eyes keep trying to bring it into focus.

I like Krylon camouflage paint from Lowe’s for the “non reflective, ultra flat finish”
Read directions. Second coats should be applied before two hours or after 48 hours. It takes 7 days to fully cure and be chip resistant. I painted with one hour between coats then hung and let dry for 7 days. ( it’s hard not to fondle it but you can do it)

Mask off well where you don’t want paint. I had a little overspray with the dark brown drift into buffer tube on last one I did. Turned my rifle into a single shot. Not much paint, so little I found it by feel. Steel wooled it out in 2 min.
 
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