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Old March 1st, 2009, 19:38   #1
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How to paint a gun?

Hey, I was looking at a review of one of G&G's clear lower reciver guns, and looking at the pictures, when it was clear, there were makings on the side like the safe semi auto selector etc. in white, then when he showed a picture of it after he had painted the clear lower reciver black the markings are still there. I feel kinda stupid asking, but how do you paint it so the symbols and stuff doesn't turn black and unnoticable?

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Old March 1st, 2009, 19:44   #2
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The safe, semi and auto markings are etched into the plastic. Only the trademarks are decals. What I did was spray a few thin layers of kyrlon while covering the trades, then I sprayed the inside of the receiver where the trades were so that they would still show. With flash photography, you can see that the area where the trades are is shiny, but otherwise you won't notice it.
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Old March 1st, 2009, 19:47   #3
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Paint whatever you want in black, even paint over the markings, then go over the markings with a white crayon. The wax will fill the grooves and make it look like the trades are filled.
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Old March 1st, 2009, 20:35   #4
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Paint whatever you want in black, even paint over the markings, then go over the markings with a white crayon. The wax will fill the grooves and make it look like the trades are filled.
crayon?? wow, that's a AWESOME technique...never thought about that at all.
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Old March 1st, 2009, 20:43   #5
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Crayon is awesome. I did the trades on several of my guns with it and it works great. I got that idea one day when I was cleaning up my son's stuff and came across a white crayon. I subsequently discovered that this was a pretty standard way of doing it...
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Old March 1st, 2009, 21:24   #6
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But the thing is, G&G's clear lower receivers have decal trades - only the safe, semi and auto are etched in. You can't crayon in the trades coz they'll disappear once painted over.
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Old March 1st, 2009, 21:28   #7
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But the thing is, G&G's clear lower receivers have decal trades - only the safe, semi and auto are etched in. You can't crayon in the trades coz they'll disappear once painted over.
Correct. If you have decals for trademarks, then you're fucked if you paint them over. Nothing you can do about that. The only trades you can save are the etched ones.
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Old March 1st, 2009, 22:07   #8
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Crunch, does the wax smudge around the area that you've filled? Or does it come off easily?
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 07:45   #9
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Real guns don't have white trades so why put them on an airsoft gun?

When painting its good to wipe down the receiver with rubbing alcohol or something else like that to get rid of all the grease and such. The plastic WILL still be transparent after the first coat, unless you put on too much but then it might run or crack when it drys. The Krylon camo series in the Fusion line is the best as it bonds with plastic chemically. If you aren't disassembling the gun (which isn't required) remember to put something in the hopup mag well hole so no paint gets in the hopup or inner barrel. If painting the front end plug the inner barrel with some paper towel or something.
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 07:53   #10
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If you want to keep the little trades, then paint inside the lower reciever. Take apart everything, lol.
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 16:46   #11
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Powder coat or spray balm?

I might be picking up real steel carbine, but the finish isn't all that great. Should I just spray over it? Someone suggested powder coating but that requires some sort of heat treatment right? Would that harm the steel in any way?
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Old March 2nd, 2009, 16:56   #12
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Powder coating needs to be baked in an oven but the temperatures are FAR below anything that will alter the attributes of steel or aluminum. The problem with powder coating is its fairly thick so you will need to cut off the coating in areas that mate up to other components.
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 04:55   #13
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Powder coating needs to be baked in an oven but the temperatures are FAR below anything that will alter the attributes of steel or aluminum. The problem with powder coating is its fairly thick so you will need to cut off the coating in areas that mate up to other components.
also with the powder coat you have to take apart the whole gun only the metal parts can be coated. there is a web sight that gives alot of info on painting and the right type of pain to use

http://tacticalcamo.com/Paint-Stencils.html
and they have stencils to i found the sight here. now i paint wheels and i know what goes in to painting metal i have worked with a few different types of painting so if your gonna paint your gun and want it to last take your time and do things right and use the right paint or it will chip,run,wrinkle or just plain look shitty. so to all you guys who want to paint there metal or plastic guns use the right paint in a warm dust free place

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Old March 3rd, 2009, 08:21   #14
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YouTube - HOW TO PAINT CAMOUFLAGE

Thats a "OK" Tutorial.
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 11:58   #15
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Hey, I was looking at a review of one of G&G's clear lower reciver guns, and looking at the pictures, when it was clear, there were makings on the side like the safe semi auto selector etc. in white, then when he showed a picture of it after he had painted the clear lower reciver black the markings are still there. I feel kinda stupid asking, but how do you paint it so the symbols and stuff doesn't turn black and unnoticable?

Mitch
What i do is first of all, Take the entire gun apart or at least the remove the parts to be painted. Before painting, i would wipe down the surfaces with alcohol pads to remove dirt, grease, oil, etc, that could fubar your project.
Paint, i would recommend the krylon camo paint from crappy tire (AKA Canadian tire).

For the trades i have come up with this solution but you need a pretty steady hand. Fist sand down the area on the magwell where the decal is. otherwise it will kinda show through the paint as a raised area and look shitty. Then you find a picture of the firearm with the trades you want and carefully Draw them onto your painted reciever with a white ( or other easy to see color) pencil crayon.

Once this looks to your satisfaction, very very carfully engrave the trades using a handheld DREMEL ROTARY TOOL. Don't fuck up cause if you do you just ruined a receiver.

p.s not sure but you could check to see if an engraving shop, like the ones you see in the mall will do plastic. Probably not tho

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