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    DIY Tactical Paint Job for Marlin

    I have a Marlin 7mm08 Syn Blued ( sorry Clint )
    I am going to chop the barrel to 18 and suppress it
    I want to give the rifle a tactical look and feel like Ryan Cleckners rifle, same colour combos ( see pic )
    This rifle is a going to get a hard life, ute, bush, over dog
    lots of wet and may use it to paddle the canadian from time time to time.

    I'd be really interested to hear from anyone who has done this, keen to see pics
    and hear how to go about it and what products are the go too, what a re the good colours etc. \

    There may even be some links you have come across on to how to?

    I thought I'd check in with you guys first and see if I could get a steer
    on how best to go about it and get off on the right foot. Thanks in advance.

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    I hear a single colour is easier to touch up when that inevitably happens
    camo pattern looks super shit when parts get worn off.
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    Yeah... Mask off lenses. Everything else gets paint. (I see they even painted the bolt in that pic - you'd do that separately.)
    Super etch primer. Flat or ultra-flat paint colours. "krylon" brand is recommended on US forums but It's stupid expensive here from model shops. I think I ended up up using "white knight" a-la bunnings.
    Start with the lightest colour and work up in layers, ie one coat of drab, then whatever. I like the stencil effect (ponga/ fern fronds especially) but to do as the pic you'd use shields (weetbix box will do) and spray off the edge of them to give blurry effect.
    I also like the look of digital camo, which can be done with masking tape but would be damned tedious. Buy the super-wide masking tape from paint shops and cut out your patterns then layer, spray, layer, spray etc.

    ALternatively look into hydro-dipping. set up a tank big enough to take it, then spray your colours on the surface, carefully roll the rifle through it then hang to dry.
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    Or just get 8t done professionally by someone like ceracote nz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill999 View Post
    I hear a single colour is easier to touch up when that inevitably happens
    camo pattern looks super shit when parts get worn off.
    Active service sniper rifles aren't exactly safe queens, and some look downright terrible - optics included. Worn patches of paint, crudely applied id marks, but the bores and working bits are pristine (in accordance with their age and round count of course, which is accurately recorded.)
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    I was thinking of painting a digital snow camo. Have nt really gotten anything bad enough to do it to.

    If a cheap howa stock pops up I'll probably give it a go
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    tape the whole shebang up with silage/insulation tape BEFORE you do the paint job....that way if you deside its a crappy idea you can peel it off again.... taping whole thing up doesnt look to bad on its own...plenty of good material camo tapes out there..they are like horse bandages,they stick to themselves and last for ages,zero shine. if you do go down the paint it route....matt primer works good ,just short puffs at a distance..lots of little layers better than one thick one.
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    https://www.wikihow.com/Camouflage-Paint

    I'm puzzled by the last bit about using a leafy branch as a stencil: better to cut out a stencil around the leafy branch, I reckon. But I've never done it so what do I know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill999 View Post
    I hear a single colour is easier to touch up when that inevitably happens
    camo pattern looks super shit when parts get worn off.
    Ghillie suits are really ugly too, do no favour to the finest figure. I agree, once you go camo you go 100% utility and it's not for looks, rather not to be noticed.
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    I'm sure I have a can of camo paint somewhere but I can't find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SickShooter View Post
    https://www.wikihow.com/Camouflage-Paint

    I'm puzzled by the last bit about using a leafy branch as a stencil: better to cut out a stencil around the leafy branch, I reckon. But I've never done it so what do I know?
    Paint the other way, green first then cover with the leaf and paint brown.

    I've got three cans of camo paint here, one brown, one green, one tan. Sold from Mega 10 as camo paint... (Its the paint that is camo, not the can).

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    My 308 got the rattle can treatment earlier this year halved my group sizes


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigash View Post


    My 308 got the rattle can treatment earlier this year halved my group sizes


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    Give it another coat, although as I understand it, there are diminishing returns.

    Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
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    Do people camo their scopes? I have never been game on anything other than a ranger scope

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russian 22. View Post
    Do people camo their scopes? I have never been game on anything other than a ranger scope
    I really thought about it, but I change my mind every other day with guns and you are pretty committed when you paint it


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