Camo Painting your Tippy!
In the past couple of months, I've had quite a few people ask me how I painted my tippy camoflage. Well, I've responded enough that I decided to put it in a thread for ya'll to access if you're interested. Here's how I did it:
Here's the steps to take:
1) Completely disassemble your gun. Take out the interanals and put them aside. (At least, that's what I did for my 98.)
2) Be sure to mask off what you don't want to get paint on...the internal part of the body being the most important.)
3) If it has any sort of anodizing on it (like the black anodizing that the Tippy 98 has), lightly sand it. Don't take it all off, because it will act as your primer coat.
4) Lay down the receiver halves in a "mirror" sort of way.
5) Here's the paint I used: Rustoleum Camoflage spray paint. 3 colors: Khaki, Brown, Olive Green. Also, get a can of clear top coat that has a matte finish.
6) Spraypaint both the receiver halves Khaki. (The tannish color.) That will be your base coat. Not too heavy, not too light. Let it dry for at least a half hour. Then put a second coat on.
7) Next, get your brown spraypaint. My philosophy on the brown is this: Brown will be used to create "branches", just like a tree. Therefore, don't spray "blobs" of brown, spray lines of brown. At the MOST, paint 3 lines. You don't want too much brown.
8) Let the brown dry, and then add a second coat of brown over your lines that you previously painted. Let it dry another half hour.
9) Now for the olive green...Green will be the "leaves" on your marker...therefore you can "blob" the green, instead of painting in lines like you did the brown. Green can be more circular. You're going to get some overspray on your brown which will soften up the lines of the brown, but that's ok, because you're coming back to the brown anyway. Also, make sure you don't cover all the khaki, because you still want some khaki showing through in spots...
10) Let that dry, and then do a second coat of green.
11) If you feel that you covered up too much khaki, "blob" another coat of khaki where you want it.
12) Now, go back over your lines of brown with one more coat. YOu want to have hard edges with the brown, again, because it's like branches...
13) Let that all dry for at least an hour. Then take your clear coat, and spray paint all of the body of your marker that you paint with the clear coat. Let it dry a half hour.
14) Add a second coat of clear coat.
15) And a third if you wish. (After letting the second coat dry of course.)
There ya go. You know have a camo painted marker. It's not really that hard to be honest. If you need, use my marker as a guide for a pattern of sorts... Oh, and I painted my hopper too...same exact process.
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