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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-04-2014, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Camo dipping, oh no what have I gotten myself into

So, last summer I found the DIY camo dipping kits on line and started watching all the videos. I thought to myself "man does this look easy".

So, after looking for almost a year for a project(just couldn't bring myself to experiment on one of my guns) I finally found a suitable candidate. I picked up an old Remington pump 12ga cheap that had seen better days. I picked up a synthetic stock for it, the wood is fairly nice looking so I didn't want to ruin that.

I did a few test pieces and they turned out alright. The base color is not quite right for Natural Gear(my camo of choice). So I need to do a little experimenting to see if I can get it closer to factory. But hopefully this week I'll be able to post up some pictures of what the end result looks like.

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I,ll be lookin forward to seein em.
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Re: Camo dipping, oh no what have I gotten myself into

There is a fella on here that got into "camo-dipping", a year or so ago. He asked for some items to dip and I donated a scope. His stuff looks good, maybe you could pick his brain about starting out or get some tips.
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Re: Camo dipping, oh no what have I gotten myself into

I was checking out the kits myself. Looked like a cool thing to get into. Looking forward to seeing your results.

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Re: Camo dipping, oh no what have I gotten myself into

bought a kit from dip wizard..did a deer antler looked nice ...but getting ready to do something harder...just trying to get theright tank made ..heated of course to maintian consistant temp...ordered a few more patterns..hope to do my deer skull soone the a few guns!

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PICS!!! We need some pics!!!

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Re: Camo dipping, oh no what have I gotten myself into

I know a guy with a Benelli SBE that needs a new paint job... LOL

I've got the regular butt stock and "steady grip" buttstock and would like all of them to match.

Let me know when you're ready for another gun project, provided it's after turkey season, or at least after I'm tagged out.

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Re: Camo dipping, oh no what have I gotten myself into

You'd probably have to "settle" for a different camo pattern. The place I bought this from only has certain kinds, and Realtree and Mossy Oak aren't among them. They have some that are REAL close, but not the same.

Btw, why don't you just trade that POS? Just kidding.

Now for the update, I had to scrap the first test pieces. As they dried the pattern "washed out". Talked to the company and we did some trouble-shooting. They got back to me fast and they were really helpful. Turns out I was using the film upside down... DEE DE DEE I ride the short bus. Tried another piece tonight and it turned out good. Been drying for about 2 hours and still looks like when I took it out. I'll clear coat it first thing in the morning and try to take some pics.

If all goes well with this shotgun I'm most likely going to tackle dipping my whole 223 Savage, scope and all.

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POS? That thing has killed more things than all of my other guns combined. All the rest of the guns are trying different brands or guns all the time and I just keep killing with my old SBE. LOL She's as reliable as the sun.

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Re: Camo dipping, oh no what have I gotten myself into

Figured I'd update this.

See at the top I thought this would be easy... Understatement of the year.

There is so much to the technique that I'm learning the hard way. So far I have yet to get a good print since my test pieces. There is just no margin of error with this stuff. You get an air bubble or a little water on top of the film and check please, you're done.

What did Thomas Edison say when asked about the light bulb... I didn't fail 10,000 times, I just found 10,000 ways that don't work.

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