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While many in the community paint their rifle there is a better, cheaper option that wont perminanelty alter your rifle and ruin its resale value. Allot of the brits from the Paras to the Royal Marines along with some of the people on the Teams use "sniper" tape. Sniper tape is allot like gaffers tape, but more durable. Further more it does a better job at absorbing light and maintaining color than a traditional paintjob. This is because the fabric absorbs light and any dirt/paint that is applied to it. You can paint your gun just by rubbing mud into the stock and it will come out better than most paintjobs. The adheasive is strong. The fabric also acts as a buffer, protecting your stock from minor dings and scraps. Ive had the same layer of tape on my rifle for over a year, and its been dragged through swamps and painted over several times, yet its outlasted my spotter's traditional paint job on his rifle. If for any reason you screw up, or want to sell it, just simply pull off the tape and your gun will look it just came out of the box.

1)You can go the traditional route, spend x amount on spray cans, spend an hour plus painting layer after layer of ultra flat along with a finisher which is labor intensive, and still shines under the right condition, only to have the value of your gun get cut in half if you end up having to sell it.

2) You can tape your rifle in under 10 minutes, paint a camo pattern scheme of your choice and have a protective layer of tape that can take multiple layers of paint, can use dirt and grass and paint substitutes, doesn't fade or reflect light and keeps your gun looking new years after you bought it.

 

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I'll have to give this a try. Not sure how it would compare to duracoat or water dipping especially for a gun that has more edges such as a m4 with accessories. Looks very nice on the rifle. Good job!
 

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I am thinking to get some real tree camo tape.

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You still need do do something to break up the outline of the rifle though as the hard lines are still visible if its its in silhouette as the painted contrast won't work then.
 

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All points agreed on... I'm dead set against painting rifles. The tape, when used properly, is quite effective. But paint, although it may look good at the time, will turn to crap, and destroy the resale value of your rifle. And we know all too well, that the value of an airsoft rifle goes down as soon as you get it. Let's face it, some paint jobs just do not turn out good at all, especially if you have Call of Dooky on your brain when you try to re-create the Blue Tiger or whatever...

Great video, thanks for sharing.
 
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ETA: sorry for re-necroing, I found the thread under "recent posts" and didn't think to check that a recent post would be necro...

I painted mine, but the camouflage that I used is subtle and relies more in countershading (darker colors focused on the top where the sun will strike, and lighter colors focused where shadows are more prone to fall) to reduce conspicuousness than shapes and the breaking thereof.

 
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