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Giving the Texan a makeover
« on: May 07, 2020, 09:03:53 PM »
I've been thinking about changing the look of my Texan for a while from a 'black' rifle to a 'camo' rifle. I started tonight with some test colors in the Rustoleum camouflage line and I think I'm going to go with what I would call an olive drab. I already had three colors from another project and the 'desert tan' was too light and the 'greener' green was too bright. However, I ordered digital camo stencils which should be here in a few days and then I'll use all of the colors (including flat black) anyway. I'm just sticking with the olive as a base coat.

The hardest ting for me is whether to paint the scope. Tough call, but I'm leaning towards doing it.

I need some advice. I have a lot of silicone oil all over the gun form my hands/bullet lube. I was going to clean it with acetone and a clean rag but then I thought maybe that wasn't a good idea. What would be the best solution to wipe the gun down with prior to painting?

By the way, the tank bag & Texan bottle cover I got from Loren are awesome.


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Re: Giving the Texan a makeover
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2020, 02:51:20 PM »
Not sure about removing silicone oil in prep for painting.

https://www.finishing.com/399/79.shtml

Think I’ll wait to see how well you succeed with painting before I undertake such a project. :)
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Re: Giving the Texan a makeover
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2020, 02:56:01 PM »
I think I would disassemble the rifle and give the frame and anything else you are going to paint a multi-stage bath with fresh lacquer thinner.  Using fresh solvent and paper towels at each stage.  You know with all the work going into painting it is even more work to have to strip a paint job that the bond starts to fail on because of less than ideal prep.

Paint the wood stock and use vinyl on the gun chassis.  Always easy to change if the look gets old.

https://www.amazon.com/Ej%C3%A9rcito-Digital-Camouflage-vinilo-pel%C3%ADcula/dp/B075315VTY/ref=sr_1_62?dchild=1&keywords=camo&qid=1588974839&s=automotive&sr=1-62&swrs=47348DCC591435D6B5FB536E948E8E5D

I would have a hard time painting a scope.  My perception is that they are precision and have moving parts that a coat of paint wout muck up....again just my preception.




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Re: Giving the Texan a makeover
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2020, 05:53:32 AM »
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Re: Giving the Texan a makeover
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2020, 07:50:15 AM »
Thanks to all of you for your advice. Appreciate it.
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Re: Giving the Texan a makeover
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2020, 03:52:23 PM »
I've been working on it this week and I finally got the last piece of my puzzle today (wrap for the scope) via Amazon. I oh-so wish that I could attach photos but I won't bore with some of my camera/electronic troubles. I just can't bring myself to deal with the hassle of going to the phone store (which isn't open anyway) to deal with replacement.

I got the camo stencils and shot the whole gun five different colors: olive drab base coat and tan/green/dark brown/black accents. The beautiful tank cover that Loren made is not only really nice and comfortable on the cheek, but it serves another purpose. The paint didn't dry particularly well on the 'rubber' part of the Airforce bottle. While it didn't just rub off, it stayed tacky and was annoying. The tank cover completely solved that!

The scope wrap is just the simple self-adhesive-stretchy-camo tape. Nothing fancy. That was what I was waiting on to get it up and running; I didn't want to put the scope back on before wrapping it.

When I'm able I'll post a pic. It's not professional, it's not perfect, there are three different types of patterns/shades. But I'm SO HAPPY with it. I had grown weary of the 'Big Black Gun' and wanted something unique. I got exactly what I wanted and it will serve it's purpose very well. One of the coolest things about a paint job like this is that you can't f*** it up. Also it sort of 'morphs' as you're doing it...a little bit of 'make it up as you go'.

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Re: Giving the Texan a makeover
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2020, 08:59:47 PM »
Do you want me to post the last one you sent me?
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Re: Giving the Texan a makeover
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2020, 09:07:59 PM »
Here you go!

I took the opportunity to adjust a few things
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Re: Giving the Texan a makeover
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2020, 06:08:28 AM »
Nice.  Do you think it will be durable enough for your hunting expeditions?
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