Re: Rifle Color Patterns Camo or otherwise, a question?
I don't think you "really" want to know. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
Every thing about that paint job is proto-type. I'm into this airbrush thing about 3 weeks.......
Wait a year and we'll see what it evolves to.....
Went to the local body shot and scrounged a pint of resin and hardner. Covered the stock with that, just a light coat. When it was workable I sanded it smooth.
Pattern was as close as I could duplcate russian olive branches. Took bunches of pics and photoshop'd and just went for it.
Paint is Burnt Umber under Wicker White. The white is layered just enough to somewhat match the snow in the back yard.
Printed pattern on paper. Then covered pattern with Glad Press & Seal and cut the branches out. Not easy.....Layed out the press & seal cutouts in a pattern that pretty much created an anxiety attack. At first every thing looked like antlers [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
NOTE: a better way is to use Scotch Masking tape #233 (1/8" x 60yd) Lay it on in a pattern you like, sharpen the ends w/the exacto and go from there. You could then carefully "weather" the edges just a bit after the tape is removed. This would be more for the human eye than the coyote....
After the brown base coat was ready the branch patterns were pressed firmly in place . I applied the white. Going lightly until I could pretty much match the snow in the back yard. (by the way the snow changes shades as the sun moves, never figured that)
I'd paint, go outside and compare shades, over and over till I gave up.
Then I painted the barrel and action. (This was after bead blasting the barrel and action to rough it up a bit and remove what little blue was remaining.) Brown went on first then a spray of white.
Didn't have the guts to paint the scope.
Scratched the gord for an idea..... Went to the local canvas shop and bought some regular old tent canvas.
Layed the scope over a piece of paper and created a pattern. Had to dip into the 6th grad math for that. C=pi*d. Did some fudging around the turrets and rings.
Cut the scope out with the wife's serger. Had to sneak it [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Canvas frays easily....
Used a zig zag stitch, one of "her" other machines, around the ring and turret cutouts.
Hand painted the pattern on the scope cover. Again first attempts looked too much like antlers [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
Used needle and threat to fit the cover to the scope. (More design work needed with this part.)
Paints, what kind of paint your ask? Remember this is practice for spraying more expensive paints, and more worthy rifles........and learning to do a much better job....
Went to Wally World, in the crafts/fabric section (you may want to wear a disguise (not camo! - always a bunch of women hanging around a big flat table that you'd just love to have for a reloading/project bench). They have that look that says "What is HE! doing here?"
There are racks paint in all kinds of colors. I used the paint with little bird houses on the cap indiating "outdoor use". Figured I might even take this rifle hunting if the paint job worked out....
Its inexpensive, less than 2 bucks a bottle and makes enough airbrush paint to paint a house. Plus I got bunches of brownie points when I painted my wife's nic/nac shelf [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
The paint seems pretty tough also, but nothing like you would want to use on a "real" rifle, as my Ithaca 51 cringes and scoots to the back of the safe. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Also, I didn't mention the several emails with pics for evaluation and suggestions to Buffalobob. Thanks Jim.
FWIW there ya are....
I may be the slowest guy on the mountain . . . . but . . . . I'm on the mountain!