And so I began . . . almost 3 straight hours of rigorous sanding to remove the insane number of rattle-can layers the previous owner applied, and then a flat OD Green base coat from Aluma-Hyde I bought from Brownell's.
After first coat of OD Green, I wrapped entire stock in (laughs welcome) Bridal Mesh Netting used for table decoration. Then I sprayed over it with Desert Tan.
Then about 3 hours of taping off the first layer of digital. As you can imagine, the bridal mesh had to be secured to the rifle for paint and there were areas that weren't uniform in finish where I had ties. I purposely left those non-uniform areas uncovered so that the next layer of paint would cover them up.
Soooooo, looking pretty cool, but this next step is a big bummer to me. I ordered 3 different colors of the Aluma-Hyde, Forrest Brown, OD Green and Desert Tan. The bummer is that the OD Green and the Forrest Brown are SOOOOO similar in color that if one is on top of the other, you can't distinguish between the two of them. Sooooo, after all of this work and preparation, if still only looks like two colors.
I still think it looks really cool, but it could look AWESOME if I had another contrasting color. The problem is, after all of this work . . . while I was impatiently awaiting my Christmas Present (a new scope) . . . I really had no reason to get the paint job finished since I couldn't shoot the gun anyway. NOW, I have my scope and have started working towards the best load . . . and there is NO WAY I'm going to take off the scope and disassemble just to paint one more color.