Today, I’m going to take you through the process of creating a custom camo paint job on a Remington 870, using the Brownell’s Aluma-Hyde II Epoxy Paint System.
The first thing you’re going to notice is we’re going to paint this gun as one piece, as opposed to taking it apart and shooting the pieces individually. If I were to do that, I would run the risk of getting paint in places I don’t want it and that would be a huge headache.
One place I definitely don’t want any paint is in the magazine tube and on the follower. So I’m going to use a piece of paper towel, tuck it down into the action, and then close the bolt to keep it in place.
Now, I’m going to remove the butt plate and reinstall one of the mounting screws. This will make an excellent place to hang the shotgun.
Next, I’m going to degrease the shotgun. I wanted to wait until I had it hanging to eliminate the chance of recontaminating the gun while handling it. Take your time with this part of the process, because this is really going to give the Aluma-Hyde the best chance of adhering.
To protect the rest of the shop when I start spraying the paint, I’ve set up a temporary cardboard paint booth.
Now, it’s time to start laying down some color and remember, Aluma-Hyde is an epoxy product. You’ve got about a 30 minute work time so you’ll want to keep the process moving.
I’m working with my lightest color first. This is Desert Tan. Go ahead and lay on a nice even coat over the whole shotgun.
Next, I’m spraying my darker color, OD Green. There’s really no right or wrong way to do this. Just lay it on light and keep the can moving. Little on the stock and a little on the foreend.
Now, use the Earth Brown. Just come right across the receiver with a light even coat.
Then, use a section of produce netting with our darkest color, Matte Black. I’m holding the netting against the shotgun with the can about 24 inches away, just lightly spraying the gun. All we’re doing is adding some definition and tying all the colors together. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. Just kind of a little here, and a little there.
If you live in a warm climate and can keep your shotgun between 90 and 100 degrees, the cure time for the Aluma-Hyde is going to be about 48 hours. Otherwise, at room temperature or around 70 degrees, you’re looking at about a week to completely cure.
Once it’s cured, take it down, reinstall the butt plate, remove the piece of towel, and you’re good to go. The Aluma-Hyde is going to give you a durable, long lasting finish.
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