Posted 15 August 2008 - 02:38 PM
I take a little different approach. After painting numerous coyote rifles and shotguns, I've found that duck blind paint works best. It comes in three different colors (blk. grn. bro.) and is usually packaged with all three cans together. I take 2" wide masking tape and tear it into three long lengthwise pieces, with the center piece being the widest. The center piece will also have uneven edges from the tear and it is the only piece I use. Starting at the muzzle, I candycane the strip of tape down. If it runs out, I add another piece to it until I reach the buttstock.Now I'll tear another piece of masking tape into three long lengthwise pieces, but make the center piece narrower than the first. I take the narrower center piece and wind it the same way around the gun between the first piece of wider tape and sometimes overlap them. I also mask over anything I don't want painted like lenses, scope markings, safety dots, recoil pads etc.I hang the gun up on a string by the recoil pad screw on my patio and spray it down with a single color. I usually use brown on black/synthetic guns. Blued/wood stock guns I'll have first painted green or black. After the paint has dried and the tape removed I can add more paint by cutting a pasley shaped pattern in a thin piece of cardboard, hold the cardboard 2-3" away from the gun and feather addition paint on if needed. I have found it's best (looking) to only use two colors. With a synthetic stocked blued/black guns, that means only one color of spray paint.If you get nothing else of value from this, please consider these three points that I have learned from by mistake;1. Less is more. Don't get carried away with paint or your camo job will look crowded.2. Use duck blind paint. It's flat in color and wipes off easily with acetone. 3. No matter how much prep. or what type of paint you use, it's going to fade, rub or be scratched off. Coyotes don't care how fancy your paint job is. They only care that they can't see the glare from your gun. Good luck.