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Old September 3rd, 2009, 10:04 AM   #1
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Painting a fiberglass stock.

I recently received an M1A with a black fiberglass stock.

After looking at the photos of some great paint jobs, it has got me to wondering.

1) Where does one get a " pattern " to create a great looking cammo rifle stock?

2) What type of paint would one recommend to use to paint a black fiberglass stock?

I may be a bit bold here, but I thought a " Tiger Stripe " style paint job would serve me well here in Florida.

Something similar to this:



Any advice or help would greatly be appreciated.

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Old September 3rd, 2009, 12:12 PM   #2
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I recommend Duracoat Products. They package their paint, application tools, patterns and instructions together or a la carte. You can get it all here : http://www.lauerweaponry.com/

I have used their paint products with success, though I havent used any of the stencil patterns. I know the patterns work great, I was just too cheap to purchase them.

Here's some of what I did:
Rem 700 using "combat black" and "tiger stripe green"


AR15 wusing "combat black" and "WWII OD Green"

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Old September 3rd, 2009, 12:15 PM   #3
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You did this without a pattern stencil??



It looks great!

May I ask how you did this without a stencil?

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Using blue painters masking tape, after prepping the paint job I sprayed the whole thing green and let that coat dry. Then I used 2" wide blue masking tape, tore it lengthwise and applied it in strips all over the rifle, then painted the whole thing black. after the black dried I removed the tape covering the green paint and clear coated it. I hope that description makes sense. It's the same principal the stencil decals use, basically you paint, apply some decals, paint another color, apply more decals, paint another color...etc. then you take it all off and are left with your pattern.

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I am going to use your method of painting the rifle a Tiger Stripe, but I have a couple of questions first, if I may?

1) If I wanted to purchase the " combat black " and " tiger stripe green " paint locally, rather than order it from Duracoat Products on the web, would you have any suggestions as to a brand and where they would be located like at a Lowes, Home Depot, etc.? ( Ordering from the web is fine, I just dislike the wait time of the shipping vs. going to the store and buying the product locally. )

2) Does painting the metal on the barrel and scope affect the metal finish?

3) Are there any special steps that need to be taken in painting the metal that you would not take on painting the fiberglass stock?

Thank you for all the advice, I appreciate it.

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I am going to use your method of painting the rifle a Tiger Stripe, but I have a couple of questions first, if I may?

1) If I wanted to purchase the " combat black " and " tiger stripe green " paint locally, rather than order it from Duracoat Products on the web, would you have any suggestions as to a brand and where they would be located like at a Lowes, Home Depot, etc.? ( Ordering from the web is fine, I just dislike the wait time of the shipping vs. going to the store and buying the product locally. )

2) Does painting the metal on the barrel and scope affect the metal finish?

3) Are there any special steps that need to be taken in painting the metal that you would not take on painting the fiberglass stock?

Thank you for all the advice, I appreciate it.
1. The closest thing to Duracoat in the paint world is automotive paint, which you would have to have custom mixes to those colors and probably have to buy minimally a pint or gallon for many tomes what the several ounces of Duracoat cost. (it takes an amazingly small amount of paint to paint a rifle using a HVLP spray gun) If you have a local automotive paint store you could check with them but I think it's unlikely you'll get what you want. My reccommendation would be to just buy it from Lauer Weaponry.

2. Painting the metal absolutely affects the finish, as you are refinishing it. You have to rough up the surface with some steel wool or very light sandpaper for the paint to adhere and that has an effect on the finish even before paint. If you are asking weather or not you can paint the metal and then at some later date restore the original finish, the answer is "not really", you can make it look good again, but only by using other paints and refinishing techniques. Consider it a permanent change if you paint.

3. not really. Just make sure that the surface is completely residue-free, and is roughed up so it will take paint. The roughing up may require a little more work because the metal is harder than the fiberglass, but no variation in sanding media is necessary, just work it little longer.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I will gladly answer them to the best of my ability or refer you to someone who can answer your question better than I. The people at Lauer Weaponry were helpful to me especially in prepping and applying the paint products so don't hesitate to contact them either.

I would much rather see you ask a million questions to get it right in your mind than screw up a paint job on your baby.

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1. The closest thing to Duracoat in the paint world is automotive paint, which you would have to have custom mixes to those colors and probably have to buy minimally a pint or gallon for many tomes what the several ounces of Duracoat cost. (it takes an amazingly small amount of paint to paint a rifle using a HVLP spray gun) If you have a local automotive paint store you could check with them but I think it's unlikely you'll get what you want. My reccommendation would be to just buy it from Lauer Weaponry.

2. Painting the metal absolutely affects the finish, as you are refinishing it. You have to rough up the surface with some steel wool or very light sandpaper for the paint to adhere and that has an effect on the finish even before paint. If you are asking weather or not you can paint the metal and then at some later date restore the original finish, the answer is "not really", you can make it look good again, but only by using other paints and refinishing techniques. Consider it a permanent change if you paint.

3. not really. Just make sure that the surface is completely residue-free, and is roughed up so it will take paint. The roughing up may require a little more work because the metal is harder than the fiberglass, but no variation in sanding media is necessary, just work it little longer.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I will gladly answer them to the best of my ability or refer you to someone who can answer your question better than I. The people at Lauer Weaponry were helpful to me especially in prepping and applying the paint products so don't hesitate to contact them either.

I would much rather see you ask a million questions to get it right in your mind than screw up a paint job on your baby.
Thank you, I appreciate that.

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