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Posted: 8/18/2003 10:16:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2003 10:19:59 AM EDT by SMGLee]
I always hear crap from My buddy to paint my rifle, this first thing that will give you away is your black rifle he always tells me. Of course this buddy has all the right credential to back up his claim. he is one of those FAGs actually he calls himself FFAG.

So one day, I bought some bowflage, it has been sitting around for a few weeks until Saturday night. Few friends got together, little BBQ, couple of Cigars, and a bottle of vintage Scotch and I put the cheapest AR I have in the inventory and decide to give it a paint job. Of course if I screw it up, it will only be a gun i put together with left over parts.

I think it actually turn out better then i expected. I am thinking about painting my SPR now.








Link Posted: 8/18/2003 10:21:58 AM EDT
NICE... Can you paint mine too :) I have a few failed experiments under my belt
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 10:29:16 AM EDT
Bowflage is very fun. This is a very outdated photo of my creation. The gun is back in black now and has even more doo-dads. But I have been thinking about painting my SPR lately as well. [img]http://photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=1624[/img] BTW, this pic was taken about 6 months after application, thus it looks a little 'worn.' Still it looked pretty good for a couple thousand rounds and two rainstorms.
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 10:33:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2003 10:33:52 AM EDT by Green0]
Now can you still use CLP to prevent rust without harming the finish? I remember buying my ACOG covered in Bowflage and I heard clp would remove it. I had to wip out laquer thinner and toothbrush to get it off. That and a coat of pure silicon oil and then wiped dry and my ACOG looked brand new.
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 10:41:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2003 10:43:22 AM EDT by HKocher]
Originally Posted By Green0: Now can you still use CLP to prevent rust without harming the finish? I remember buying my ACOG covered in Bowflage and I heard clp would remove it. I had to wip out laquer thinner and toothbrush to get it off. That and a coat of pure silicon oil and then wiped dry and my ACOG looked brand new.
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I don't remember. That was about 2 years ago, so I hadn't fully converted to CLP back then. I did have a bitch of a time removing it, but it eventually came off with Hoppes or Gun Scrubber and a lot of elbow grease. Regarding cleaning, I just cleaned the internals while the bowflage was on. It seemed as if the bowflage served as a temporary barrier to the elements. Like I said, I went through a couple rainstorms with this on and when I finally stripped it off, the gun looked as good as new. It seems like CLP over the bowflage would not be needed, and may indeed remove the bowflage. But I'm no expert on gun finishes...
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 10:46:35 AM EDT
I experienced with the paint and took the paint off with gun scrubber/brake cleaner. the paint came right off. I don't know about CLP.
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 2:02:55 PM EDT
Few friends got together, little BBQ, couple of Cigars, and a bottle of vintage Scotch and I put the cheapest AR I have in the inventory and decide to give it a paint job. Of course if I screw it up, it will only be a gun i put together with left over parts.
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Your "parts" gun is probably worth more than either of my two ARs [:o] I hate you........[:p]
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 2:06:02 PM EDT
SCHWEEEET
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 3:25:04 PM EDT
AR10 in a picture that is a bit grainy, before I got a digital camera. [img]http://home.bak.rr.com/varmintcong/ar10/AR10A4od.jpg[/img] Then there's a comparison picture between patterns on my AR10 and AR15. [img]http://home.bak.rr.com/varmintcong/ar10/ar15-ar10.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 3:39:48 PM EDT
When the Bowflage threads started up a year or two ago I learned alot about how to camo works. Tire Iron's rifle was done the best as far as hiding the outline of the rifle. Here is a pic of him and his rifle. [img]http://www.hunt101.com/img/055735.jpg[/img] As you can see the large vertical lines hide the outline very well. Hopefully he will chime in with some good advice for the guys that missed it the last time this topic came around.
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 4:07:11 PM EDT
Here's Mine: [img]http://www.hunt101.com/img/049393.JPG[/img]
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 4:32:34 PM EDT
Here's a link to my 'precision' rifle I just painted. I'm probably gonna darken it up a bit, but I haven't decided yet. It is a bit darker than it looks in the pic. http://home.comcast.net/~sanchezero/
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 5:23:09 PM EDT
Lee- looks nice. Very sandbox SOCOM. Sanch- yours has that MARPAT vibe. I think you're on to something! I may jump on the bowflage bandwagon one day. Unfortunately, my op-area is woodland or urban. I think the desert-schemes are cooler looking aesthetically. Guess its the hooyah groupie factor seeing tan rifles in the gulf. Effective woodlands seem to need lots of light green...not my favorite color. If I head for the hills I'll spray it to match the environment. For now I like black.
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 5:45:28 PM EDT
A guy I know has been on me to paint one of mine... He was a plain jane rifle kind of guy and I kept telling him not to be afrain of new technology. He came along real well in that regard. Now he is telling me not to be afraind of paint!!!! hahaha, I admit it man, I am afraid. I was thinkning of painting my lightweight gun... Maybe.
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 8:01:50 PM EDT
your rifle's got a nice tan, chen [:P] MM
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 11:09:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2003 11:11:09 PM EDT by Wildcat78]
I haven't quite worked up the nerve to camo one of my AR's, but I tried it on my SAR1 the other day. No better gun guinea pig than a cheap Romanian AK. [;)] [img]http://www.hunt101.com/img/055530-big.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.hunt101.com/img/055736.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 8/19/2003 8:35:29 AM EDT
Fly, I like that digital stuff :) . It's very simple. I base coated the rifle in a light tan (thus the too light feel). Then I sprayed splotches and stripes thru a plastic sheet of crochet or needlepoint backer (not sure which) that I got from walmarts craft section for less than $1. I made a 'stencil' out of a cereal box with randomly placed squares running from 1/4" to 1/2" in size, and sprayed thru that. I just alternated colors and stencils until I had a big mess; then I clearcoated the whole thing with a matte finish. I wouldn't have even done that but two of the colors I used were primers.
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