Heres how you do it.
1. Sand it down, you dont have to take all the anno off, just enough to scuff up the surface of the metal.
2. Use a solvent to wipe it down and get it very very clean.
3. Use rustoleum primer. Make many light coats and sand with a very high grit sand paper (600-800)and wiping it down with water in between. I would recommend 3-5 coats. Wait more than 3 hours before sanding, and dry very well.
4. Sand with very very high grit sandpaper (1200+)to achieve a very smooth finish, wipe it down with water, and dry it very well (Some people use a hair dryer for this)
5. Use a very high quality spray paint to spray 5-7 light coats, using the same process of sanding and wiping down with 1200 grit, inbetween coats just like with the primer.
6. Get the highest grit sandpaper that you possibly can, and sand your newly painted gun, wipe it with water, and dry very well.
7. Get a high quality matte clear coat spray. Spray on 5-7 light coats sanding in between just like every other step.
8. After the last coat dries, don't sand it any more. Turn your oven on to 200 degrees (Don't go to 350, as i've had paint melt at this temperature) put a coat hanger through your gun and hang it from the middle rack of the oven so the paint doesnt touch anything hot and bake for 1 hour (slower heating at a lower temperature sets paint better than quick high heat).
9. Take your parts out of the oven and let them sit some where where the temperature is around 70-80 degrees over night before touching them.
10. Profit. At this stage, your gun will have a high quality finish akin to most cars. The clear coat will have hardened to the point where you could struggle to make a scratch in it.
Even doing it this way doesn't guarantee it wont chip off during play, but it will last a hell of a lot longer than just spraying it. I put a chameleon paint job on an F4 illustrator in 2003 using this method, the owner plays woodsball3-4 times a month religiously with me and still hasnt had a chip or the paint wear off.
Edit: This paintjob should take about a weekend to do. Sand and Prime Friday, Paint Saturday, Clear Coat Sunday, Ready to play Monday.
"Originally posted by sdwinder9x
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Last edited by ChuckSplat : 08-07-2007 at 02:25 PM.