I decided to give my Blaser R8 Professional stock a make over. I didn't like the really dark green and wanted a lighter color that wouldn't stand out so much. I ordered the Duracoat Shake and Spray kit in ACU colors and also ordered the British DPM stencils. In hindsight I'm going to use an airbrush next time because there was a lot of waste with the shake and spray because the tube doesn't pick up all of the Duracoat in the jar.
I removed the butt pad and rear sling swivel. I masked off the rubber inserts, barrel channel, and action with blue painters tape. I had a hell of a time getting the painters tape to stick to the rubber, especially the rear ones. I ended up having to use duct tape, and even that didn't stick fully.
I used the TruStrip and sprayed all of the exposed areas a few times and scrubbed with the Scotch Brite pad and a tooth brush till the plastic got a dull sheen.
I layed on three light coats of the ACU Gray Green as a base layer, waiting 20 minutes between coats. After the final coat I waited 3 hours before moving on to the next color. Also during the wait I used a hair drier on high heat to help the cure because my oven isn't big enough for the stock to fit.
I used the British DPM male stencils to mask off what I wanted to stay green and then laid down one coat of ACU Medium Gray Green. I again waited 3 hours and used the hair drier.
I used the British DPM female stencils to lay down the ACU Light Tan. This left the medium green looking like the base color and that was what I wanted. Again, three hours and the hair drier.
I pulled off all of the stencils and wiped the stock down with paint thinner to remove the residual glue. I watched the Lauer Weaponry video on YouTube several times, and when he says to lightly apply the stencils they mean it. I only pressed a little bit on the edges to make sure they were on there and they were good and stuck.
I layed on two light coats of matte clear to even out the transitions between the colors. I waited about an hour and used the hair drier.
I removed all of the masking and realized I some how masked off one area that didn't get any color. I had to go back and do a touch up, but you can't really notice it unless you're looking closely.
The duct tape left a ton of glue on the rubber, which was easily removed with some Goo Gone.
The video says you can reuse the stencils, but I found that to not be true. Pulling them off deformed them and I just ended up trashing them.
Here's the results:
What do you think? I think it turned out really well. I wanted the ACU colors because they seem to be similar to the colors used in a lot of the newer clothing lines (Kuiu, Sitka, etc.).