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Link Posted: 2/20/2012 8:48:07 PM EDT
[#1]
Originally Posted By 101ABN327:
Here is a shot of my SPR project.  Used the sponge technique and looks good.  Now for some glass to finish it...      101


http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/medium/100_0438.JPG


Very nice job.  I like the colors and the way you blended them.
Link Posted: 2/21/2012 12:57:29 AM EDT
[#2]
Mmmm...do I detect a hint of Rhodesian coloration therein?
Link Posted: 2/21/2012 1:14:05 AM EDT
[#3]
looks like my Mossberg is getting painted.. nice post OP
Link Posted: 2/21/2012 1:07:24 PM EDT
[#4]
Originally Posted By LJM:
Mmmm...do I detect a hint of Rhodesian coloration therein?


Good eye...  

Link Posted: 2/26/2012 4:59:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: TreyStrumsStrings] [#5]
Hi guys! I thought I'd register and show you all what I was able to do with this technique with my M4 AEG. Not sure if you all mind that it's airsoft or not, but, here it is: [link removed]

The pictures are a bit hard to make out, for which I do apologize. You can get the basic jist of the paint scheme although. If anyone would like me to try and get a better shot, I'd be glad to try my luck with it out in some natural light. In order to make up for my crappy video, I made a quite more substantial one; the sun decided to pop out for a few, so I grabbed my gun and my DSLR and went outside to get some shots!

Here's the link for the new video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj_KMR6a5q0

As far as paint goes, it was a black base with OD stripes, followed up with a lighter shade of green for "sponging". Then, layers of brown and OD sponging were applied as well. To finish it all off, I went back in with black sponging in areas where I went a bit heavy on the other colors, and now the entire gun looks great. The camo is really subtle, and it's hard for me to even tell where I striped it originally. Overall; great paint method, really easy and cheap, quick to do.
Link Posted: 2/28/2012 1:57:11 PM EDT
[#6]
Great job on that AEG man. I like it.
Link Posted: 2/28/2012 4:59:13 PM EDT
[#7]
Originally Posted By Supergyro:
Great job on that AEG man. I like it.


Thanks!
Link Posted: 3/2/2012 4:19:21 PM EDT
[#8]
jrn156,  you are an F'ng  genius.  I have always been scared to rattle can a rifle.  I've done furniture in the past, but nothing more.  Your idea is incredibly easy and yields great results.  A big thank you is warranted.

Krylon Khaki base with OD stripes and khaki, OD and brown earth sponging.  

I am quite happy with my first attempt.






Link Posted: 3/19/2012 12:24:47 PM EDT
[#9]
I'm a little bit chicken with the subject of painting a very expensive weapon but I am going to replace the grip and stock soon and the mags I can always acetone back to black/OD so I decided to play my hand at a little sponge'n





Link Posted: 4/13/2012 9:13:11 PM EDT
[#10]
That my friend, is absolutely bad ass!

Originally Posted By prcharlie:
jrn156,  you are an F'ng  genius.  I have always been scared to rattle can a rifle.  I've done furniture in the past, but nothing more.  Your idea is incredibly easy and yields great results.  A big thank you is warranted.

Krylon Khaki base with OD stripes and khaki, OD and brown earth sponging.  

I am quite happy with my first attempt.


http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h5/prcharlie/DSCN0305.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h5/prcharlie/DSCN1536.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h5/prcharlie/DSCN1534.jpg


Link Posted: 4/24/2012 6:56:11 PM EDT
[#11]
Originally Posted By battlestick:
That my friend, is absolutely bad ass!

Originally Posted By prcharlie:
jrn156,  you are an F'ng  genius.  I have always been scared to rattle can a rifle.  I've done furniture in the past, but nothing more.  Your idea is incredibly easy and yields great results.  A big thank you is warranted.

Krylon Khaki base with OD stripes and khaki, OD and brown earth sponging.  

I am quite happy with my first attempt.


http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h5/prcharlie/DSCN0305.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h5/prcharlie/DSCN1536.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h5/prcharlie/DSCN1534.jpg




Thanks.  I went camping a few weeks ago and took that rifle.  It was amazing what that simple paint job did to break up the outline.  The pic below was taken with an unpainted mag.  Quite a contrast, heck even with the bcg..

Link Posted: 5/20/2012 3:49:47 AM EDT
[#12]


Great tutorial.  The rifle came out pretty Damn good if I do say so myself.
Link Posted: 5/21/2012 1:01:39 PM EDT
[#13]
Thanks -That looks very well done. The best part of rattle can is that its easy to touch up and if you get tired of it, its easy to remove.
Link Posted: 6/1/2012 9:41:53 PM EDT
[#14]
An updated pic of mine.....  She has been touched up a bit here and there, but most of it is from the original paint job.

Link Posted: 6/11/2012 6:19:09 PM EDT
[#15]
has anyone done a quad rail, in the sponge camo? If so could you please post a pic I am thinking about doing this to my gun and not sure about how the quad rail will look.
Link Posted: 6/12/2012 9:14:02 AM EDT
[#16]


Link Posted: 6/12/2012 10:11:15 AM EDT
[#17]
Thanks. What colors would you guys recommend for woodland? Sorry I'm color blind and can't tell the shades. And would you use flack as the back ground color or brown?
Link Posted: 6/13/2012 2:06:34 PM EDT
[#18]
Question for you, or anyone else that has painted their scope....  I notice that no one bothers taping the windage or elevation adjustment caps, which makes sense since they are sealed when closed tight. But my scope is a 3-9 so I have a power ring adjustment that leaves that little crack where it turns. Do I need to tape that???  I doesn't look like most people are doing it, but I wanted to make sure!

P.S. my scope is silver, so I can't tape a little line right there and leave it. My only option would be to tape a thin line and go over it with black sharpie, so I would rather not have to do that if I don't have to.


Originally Posted By usmc5593:




Link Posted: 6/13/2012 2:15:14 PM EDT
[#19]
Originally Posted By thadbme:
Hi folks,

First post and thanks for all of the good info here. This inspired me to try to paint one of my rifles. I like the results, and plan on painting some more stuff soon.

I was trying to do a multicam type pattern, but it appears to be closer to ATACs as some have challenged. Let me know what you think.

Apparently I have Frodo feet, for that I dont apologize!!

Before picture
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/IMG00084-20110414-1444.jpg

Taping off places I didn't want painted
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/IMG00085-20110414-1550.jpg

Painted over using Krylon Camo Khaki
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/IMG00086-20110414-1557.jpg

Tiger Stripe with Krylon Camo Olive
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/IMG00087-20110414-1613.jpg

Blend in some Krylon Camo Brown
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/IMG00088-20110414-1623.jpg

Blend in some Black
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/IMG00089-20110414-1629.jpg

Blend some khaki in on the green
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/IMG00090-20110414-1635.jpg

Blend some green on the khaki
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/IMG00091-20110414-1646.jpg

More brown for the heck of it
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/IMG00092-20110414-1651.jpg

Finished product

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/IMG00093-20110414-1656.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/IMG00095-20110414-1656.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/IMG00096-20110414-1657.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/IMG00097-20110414-1708.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/IMG00100-20110414-1718.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk231/thadbme/663a5c94.jpg


TROGDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR! Awesome!
Link Posted: 6/13/2012 3:18:53 PM EDT
[#20]
Anybody do their truck yet?
Link Posted: 6/13/2012 4:49:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 23pistol23] [#21]
Originally Posted By Bizarro:
Anybody do their truck yet?


I wish I would have known about this when I did my old civic a while back.




Link Posted: 6/13/2012 9:40:51 PM EDT
[#22]
Here's my first try at it. Figured I would throw a twist in with tiger stripes. I know its not a AR but I wanted to try it on a cheaper gun first.







Link Posted: 6/18/2012 10:53:05 PM EDT
[#23]
Originally Posted By waterfowlwidowmaker:
Here's my first try at it. Figured I would throw a twist in with tiger stripes. I know its not a AR but I wanted to try it on a cheaper gun first.[/url]




Dude, the tiger stripe look is killer on that shotty. Nice job.



Link Posted: 6/19/2012 5:58:51 PM EDT
[#24]
wish I had seen your tiger strip look earlier, flippin' bad assed!
Link Posted: 6/28/2012 3:59:18 PM EDT
[#25]
I did another to match.

Link Posted: 7/8/2012 7:17:21 PM EDT
[#26]
I decided to try it on my .17HMR rifle.  Turned out pretty good and was surprisingly easy.
Khaki-first coat
Forest green-stripes
Brown
Before
http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz107/wjackson11x/1341538612.jpg


After
http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz107/wjackson11x/1341538722.jpg
http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz107/wjackson11x/1341788723.jpg
Link Posted: 8/20/2012 5:35:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: prcharlie] [#27]
Did my lightweight 6.8
Khaki base
Rustoleum Flat brown and OD camo Stripes





Link Posted: 8/26/2012 10:30:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: prcharlie] [#28]






Link Posted: 9/3/2012 2:11:22 PM EDT
[#29]
Alright heres my attempt.  I used my airsoft rifle cuz this was my first time painting a rifle.  I'm still debating whether or not I should paint my real AR or not.

THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN YOU USE A REGULAR (HOUSEHOLD) SPONGE INSTEAD OF A NATURAL ONE.







Link Posted: 9/3/2012 6:27:28 PM EDT
[#30]
Urban

Link Posted: 9/23/2012 6:49:40 PM EDT
[#31]





Link Posted: 10/5/2012 8:41:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Armson-Oeg] [#32]
Really like the Sponge . Going to be much easier than a digital Marpat i did on this M&P15-22





Just right of tree in brush pile



Upright on tree



Then there is my Jeep



I'll never do a pure digital pattern again, was a real chore
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 4:26:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: Dragonfly228] [#33]
I did my helmet with sponge.  It was very fast, easy, and effective.  It blends with everything around my house.  Used several shades of green, OD and final A-symetrical pattern of light tan and MC green for a finishing touch.  behind a bush it looks like I see right through it with the bits of highlight.  I will never mask and paint a project again.



Funny how 10 years ago, two tone guns was a breakthrough (ala Wilson combat), then it was all the furniture blocks starting 5 years ago, not it's all this stipple stuff.  Pretty cool. I bet the next 5 years we'll go back to the old woodland bloches of the 90's. but with fading colors, with now crisp demarcations.  Like ATAC.
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 7:16:55 AM EDT
[#34]
Originally Posted By Dragonfly228:
I did my helmet with sponge.  It was very fast, easy, and effective.  It blends with everything around my house.  Used several shades of green, OD and final A-symetrical pattern of light tan and MC green for a finishing touch.  behind a bush it looks like I see right through it with the bits of highlight.  I will never mask and paint a project again.

http://imageshack.us/a/img831/7733/dsc04077g.jpg

Funny how 10 years ago, two tone guns was a breakthrough (ala Wilson combat), then it was all the furniture blocks starting 5 years ago, not it's all this stipple stuff.  Pretty cool. I bet the next 5 years we'll go back to the old woodland bloches of the 90's. but with fading colors, with now crisp demarcations.  Like ATAC.




That helmet came out great! The several shades of green that you used blend well with each other.

Link Posted: 10/8/2012 2:00:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: Dragonfly228] [#35]
Thanks for the compliment.  Color selection is very important.  Camouflage theory is to have two colors relatively close together for a color and shadow effect.  Then a third color of contract to break up the surface.  Like the Vietnam F-4 fantom pattern.

The key is to not be afraid and don't stop too soon. Add plenty all around and keep going.  Don't stop.  When you think it is enough, add some more.  Then take the previous colors and add for blending effect so that you can't tell which color came first.  I use the same sponge, and the messier the better.  In fact, some of the speckle blobs are a blend of several shades of green for an even more blend effect.  Then take a step back and add a sparingly amount of highlight and shadow.

I think for my next project, I will try a more consistent pattern so that from a distance it will look like blobs (that will break up the surface), but up close it will look like a blend (to pick up colors from around it).  I bought my kids some russian steel helmets (cheaper than those plastic crap at toysRus), and they have been asking for a camo job on them.  come to think of it, I should have them do it, and post the results.  but I am afraid of the paint scuffing the walls of our house.
Link Posted: 10/13/2012 3:16:33 PM EDT
[#36]
Hey guys, new fella here. I've lurked this forum for a while and figured I'd had enough of lurking and wanted to start posting when I came across this thread. Love the sponge camo and painted my Mosin scout project using this technique. Going to edit this post when I get decent pictures uploaded.
Link Posted: 10/15/2012 11:38:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: MovinMan] [#37]
Heres a few Ive done with sponges.









Link Posted: 10/20/2012 3:05:55 PM EDT
[#38]
I was inspired by this tutorial to give this a try myself. I decided to try my hand at painting a rifle with a desert camo pattern today. Tested first on a piece of cardboard to figure out the color combination and pattern I wanted to use. Then I painted one of my pellet rifles as a test of my skills, because I couldn't bring myself to chance messing up something more expensive. I plan to do this to my bolt action Savage Mark II when it finally arrives. I'll have to wait until I get the scope, bi-pod, and any other accessories before I paint it though.

Overall, I'm really happy with the results. If you look at the photos in the order that they are attached here is the progression.

–– wipe entire rifle down with lint free rag and acetone
–– paint entire rifle desert tan
–– paint stripes of olive green, with faded edges
–– use texture sponge to apply olive green on top of tan in random pattern
–– same as above with the tan on top of the olive green stripes
–– same across entire rifle with brown
–– same across entire rifle with a lighter version of olive green, touching the spots where brown was applied to soften it
–– done

I had planned on applying a matte clear finish but my test on the cardboard pattern revealed that it still makes the paint shiny. I prefer the dull finish of the paint.



















ben

Link Posted: 10/20/2012 8:15:57 PM EDT
[#39]
Here is my newest creation so far.

If you all remember my AR57 SBR:




I ended up trading off the AR57 SBR upper to a friend and had the SBR Colt lower sitting in the safe for sometime now. I pulled it out and got an itch to build something with it.

So, I used a 22LR intergrated suppresser that I had laying around. I built the upper around it. I used a DPMS upper that I picked up on the cheap at Knob Creek, then I bought a YHM 13" diamond FF rail and stuck in a CMMG India 22 Kit. I stuck on the Nikon P223 Carbine 3x scope, Tactical Link, Magpul rails and the AFG2 in a hurry for a shoot the other weekend. That is the reason they are not painted so far. The combo is killer!

I did the upper in the same camo pattern as the lower since I didn't feel like stripping the paint off.












So, what does the hive say?




Link Posted: 10/27/2012 9:11:09 PM EDT
[#40]
S&W M&P 15-22 (such a long name for a firearm.)



Link Posted: 10/27/2012 11:06:03 PM EDT
[#41]
Looks good.  Get your optic off your rail.
Link Posted: 10/27/2012 11:30:44 PM EDT
[#42]
Is there benefit to it? Its mainly positioned there because the height it sits at makes it like a upper 2/3 co witness
Link Posted: 10/28/2012 5:39:04 PM EDT
[#43]
Originally Posted By prcharlie:
Looks good.  Get your optic off your rail.



Why? is it not a FF rail?

I am asking because I have yet get to play with one.



OP: looks good.
Link Posted: 10/28/2012 8:20:50 PM EDT
[#44]
It is free float or atleast I thought it was.

Anyways here is what I ended up doing with it anyways did tiger stripes with painters tape.





Link Posted: 11/3/2012 2:01:20 PM EDT
[#45]
How well do you guys find the matte clear coat is holding up? I don't mind dings and scratches from use (those just give a weapon character) but I don't want the pant rubbing off on my hands or cheek while out shooting.
Link Posted: 11/3/2012 4:56:00 PM EDT
[#46]
Originally Posted By Loremsk:
How well do you guys find the matte clear coat is holding up? I don't mind dings and scratches from use (those just give a weapon character) but I don't want the pant rubbing off on my hands or cheek while out shooting.


Mine is holding up great after a few years now. never had any paint just rub off, except for a Hogue stock I did on a 10/22 but that was not very bad just small flakes. I knew it would not hold up long but it was better than I thought.




Link Posted: 11/4/2012 11:14:52 AM EDT
[#47]
Originally Posted By Greg3:
Originally Posted By Loremsk:
How well do you guys find the matte clear coat is holding up? I don't mind dings and scratches from use (those just give a weapon character) but I don't want the pant rubbing off on my hands or cheek while out shooting.


Mine is holding up great after a few years now. never had any paint just rub off, except for a Hogue stock I did on a 10/22 but that was not very bad just small flakes. I knew it would not hold up long but it was better than I thought.


Sweet. Was planning on just doing a DCU type scheme on my M1A but this sponge style has caught my eye. Just gotta see about getting the correct colors.
Link Posted: 11/6/2012 1:35:22 AM EDT
[#48]
First attempt at "sponging".



Link Posted: 11/18/2012 3:10:36 AM EDT
[#49]
Very nice, now im tempted to do mine LOL!
 
Link Posted: 11/30/2012 10:01:23 PM EDT
[#50]
Amazing work by all of you guys. This is really gonna wear on me. I don't think I can handle doing it to an expensive rifle...but I do have a couple of cheap wood stocks floating around here to try my luck...and then, well you never know.
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