How to Paint a New Camo Rifle Stock

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Hate the look of your synthetic stock?

Want something more spiffy?

Want a "one of a kind" rifle?

No problem... with about 2 hours worth of time and about $15 in supplies, you can have a new custom camo look to your stock!

I took this Stevens Model 200 and completed this stock job very easily.

Here are the basic steps:

* Make sure the rifle is unloaded and follow the manufacturers recommendations for removing the action from the stock - this is most often the 2 action screws on the bottom of the stock. You may also have to remove the trigger guard, which you need to do anyway.

* If the rifle is used, now is a great time to give the action a good "spring cleaning."

* Either remove or tape over the recoil pad, sling eyes, any medallions on the hand grip area, etc... anything that you do not want to get paint on. The blue easy-to-remove painters tape is perfect for this. Make sure the tape is tightly and evenly pulled on each area for clean lines.

* Very lightly sand the stock with 400 - 600 grit sandpaper. Try to remove any casting or molding lines... if you have to go more aggressive with the sand paper (200 grit) to get the lines out, fine... just come back with the fine sandpaper to get a very smooth finish.

* Clean the stock very well with denatured alcohol and a soft, lint free cloth. Wear the light surgical gloves for this - you do not want the solvent on your hand plus you do not want the oil from your hands on the stock, either... wear the gloves from here on out.

* Hang the stock in an area free of any wind or dust, etc... the garage is good, but put paper on the floor.

* With the stock good and dry, spray it with the first coat of paint... I get camo paints in three colors at Lowes or Home Depot... I use flat tan, flat green and flat brown but you can mix or match to suit your tastes... this is all about you and having some fun! (Don't worry, you can not screw it up - it was ugly to start with!). Spray the entire stock, using light even coats... do not rush it... let it air dry between the light coats. You should have a uniform, light colored stock when you are done.

* After it is bone dry, come back with the next color - I used the flat brown and made random "branches" on the stock, trying to connect one to the other. Don't overdo it... try to envision the "camo" outcome... and you want the edges of the branches not real well defined... you want a haze of sorts to them.

*Again, after it is bone dry, come back with the third color - in my case, I used the green and sort of repeated the step where I used the brown.

* Let it dry again and for the final touch, I come back with the original lightest color and just sort of mist over the stock, trying to mute the overall effect.

* Let it dry for at least a day before reassembling it... do not rush this part, either.

* Put it back together and VOILA! - you have a neat looking rifle!

On this project, I also did some trigger work (clean up and polishing) and glass bedded the action into the stock - making sure the barrell was free floated - before I ever fired it the first time.

The Stevens is a vastly underrated little rifle... this thing was a MOA shooter even before it was broken in.

It did not care what cartridge I used, either... it shot them ALL well, which I found very odd.
The Savage action is legendary - this is basically a Savage without the Accutrigger and it is one of the best (actually, I think it is THE best) low cost rifles out there.

Get creative, have some fun - and make your own "one of a kind" masterpieces!!

 

Comments

arrowflipper's picture

I'm really impressed

I'm really impressed with how that turned out.  I have a couple of old 22's that I think I'm going to try that one.  I like that it is not defined but rather gently mottled and subdued.  The colors go very well together and don't create drastic differences. 

What I like is that you can't do it wrong.  You can always go back and start over as long as you clean it up and sand it a bit.  As you said, have some fun with it.  It might be a fun project for a father and son to do together.  Or in my case, a grandfather and grandson project.

I like what someone else said about using leaves or other natural items to give it some natural shapes.  I think I'll try the process out on a two by four before I start on one of my rifles.  Experiment with several color combinations as well as patterns.  Thanks for the tip and the great pictures.

hunter25's picture

While I have painted one

While I have painted one stock it was not with the camo pattern like you did. Yours came out very well and I'm impressed with how it looks. I have an old youth model Savage .243 that I might have to give this a try on soon. Like you said it is ugly already so anything I do should be an improvement. I like the idea that was given to use actual leaves as a stencil to create an even more realistic pattern.

The one stock I did do was a wood stocked ak that I sprayed with a can of textured truck bed coating from Wal-Mart. It gave it a much better look the the mismatched wood that was on it and appeared to be a synthetic stocked rifle when I was done.

Great idea and something to play with between the hunting seasons and when it's cold outside.

steven_seamann's picture

Disassemble the rifle

  • Disassemble the rifle according to the manufacturer's instructions using the tools required. No info can be provided on dis-assembly as every rifle is different.

  • Prepare the stock for painting by wiping dust away with a wet cloth. Let the stock dry. The barrel and all other metal parts will not be painted as the heat from firing will melt the paint.

  • Paint the rifle stock solid green and let dry.

  • Use the foliage as a stencil on the stock and lightly spray over the leaves with the black paint to achieve a break up in pattern.

  • Repeat step four with brown paint, going over the black and green to provide even more relief in the pattern.Repeat as needed to completely cover the rifle stock in this camouflage pattern.

  • ManOfTheFall's picture

    That looks really good. If I

    That looks really good. If I ever get the chance to try this I will definitely follow your directions. Hopefully I will get one to look as nice as yours.

    Critter done's picture

    Way to go!!!!!!!!

    Way to go,I'm impressed. That really looks good. I've got some old guns that are really bad looking so I'm going to try your camo look, What have I got to loose.

    Great Tip.