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Old 02-16-2004, 04:56 PM
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Submitted By: Mike

Mike's Painting Factory Stocks:

Remove all hardware.
Reinstall a buttplate screw to enable the stock to be hung by a wire or string later.
Sand the stock with 220 grit paper enough to etch the surface to receive primer.
Wipe down with mineral spirits…blow off with compressed air.
Mask all areas not to receive paint …barrel channel, butt etc
The use of compressed air to rid surface of dust is recommended
Use a sandable primer and a paint…. both suitable for project. Dupli Color Mirage works well and has all the paint products in the kit.

Otherwise select a primer, a color paint, and a clear coat (if desired) of the same brand if possible for compatibility.

Spray as many coats of primer as per can instructions to fill all grain.
Several coats of primer may be necessary depending on the grain.
Wet/ Dry light sanding with 320 paper between primer coats to knock down surface.
Once the surface is filled, smooth and clean with a damp cloth , remove residual dust with compressed air or equivalent.
Within the recommended time interval as outlined on the can begin spraying color coat. If the recommended time between primer and color coat aren’t observed paint “lifting” can occur.
Generally 2-3 coats, 30mins apart. Depending on humidity. As per can instructions. This may vary by manufacturer.
Any imperfections may be blended by the use of 600 and finer wet /dry sand
paper. Re-coating is also possible. Be aware this step can be tricky and comes with experience.
Always remove dust with a damp cloth after any sanding or before applying additional coats. Then blow off with compressed air.
Apply a clear coat lightly as per instructions on can for up to 3 coats.
Caution: To avoid long set up times (months) on clear coat….spray a couple of
Light coats rather than a heavy coat.
Let it hang by the reinserted butt plate screw string/wire to cure for a least a week before the careful removal of the masking material.

Treat with car wax
Re install hardware.


Last edited by Indy; 04-05-2004 at 05:40 PM.
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