It does not matter why you chose to paint your wooden rifle stock. What matters is that you did. You need to know what it will take to get it from where it is now to where you want it to be: a picture-perfect rifle. Even though painting a rifle stock is not the hardest thing to do, it can be hard if you are still getting ready before you start. Here is what you need to know about when using rifle stock paint.
The sandpaper will be your best friend for this project, so get ready to use it in different grits, from coarse to fine. These will take the shiny lacquer off the top layer of the stock and smooth out any rough spots or cracks.
You’ll need a good primer, like a grey or deep red, and lots of painter’s tape to cover the parts you don’t want to paint. You’ll also need hot water, a degreaser, rubber gloves, and brushes to put on the primer and the chosen rifle stock paint.
Sand the Stock
Use sandpaper with coarse grit to remove the lacquer finish from the gun’s stock. This takes some time, but it must be done to paint the stock right. After sanding the surface, wash the stock with hot water. Do not worry if you get water on the metal. The gun has been treated to keep it safe so that a little water will not hurt it. Let the stock dry after you have washed it. This will make the wood’s grain stand out, and you can smooth it out with medium- to fine-grit sandpaper.
Degrease the Stock
Put on your rubber gloves and wash the stock with degreasing soap, which you can find at most auto shops or larger department stores. Use hot water and thoroughly wash the stock. This gets rid of any grease on your hands and any lacquer that is still on them. From now on, you should always wear gloves when working with the stock so that the oils on your skin do not get into the wood.
Prepare for Painting
Use painter’s tape to cover the parts of the gun you do not want to paint. For larger areas, like the barrel or the scope, you could cover them with aluminium foil and tape around the edges to make the job easier. Once the masking is done, use the primer of your choice to cover the stock. Cover all of the wood so that it can be painted evenly. Give it 24 hours to dry.
Paint the Stock
Paint the stock with the colour (s) of rifle stock paint you want. If you want to make camouflage, start with a base coat of khaki, almond, or olive drab, then move on to your darkest colour and work your way up to the lightest. For each layer or coat, let the paint dry for 24 hours so that it will stick to the stock.
Once your painting is done, you can either cover it with a gloss coat or leave it as is. Make sure to remove all the tape on your gun and use lubricant or 3-in-1 oil on all the moving parts, like the action and the bolt.