Picture of Gunmetal Nerf Paintjob
Nerf battles are a pleasure not only for kids! But have you ever felt annoyed by the childish and cheap plastic-look of the guns? Have you ever wondered how you could make your gun look a bit more realistic and cool? Do you want your Nerf to be something nobody else has or even make a personal gift for a friend?

This Instructable will show you how to turn your plastic Nerf gun into a badass gunmetal-style weapon! Since it's a paintjob it's relatively easy, cheap and works with every Nerf model - you can even apply the technique to other gear like fake hand granades or flashlights.

The classic gunmetal style is the used look of real guns. It develops when use, transport and weather rub down the black or dark green protective varnish of the gun and leave behind edges and areas of bare metal. In this paintjob, we work the other way round: on a black primer some fine highlights of metallic silver are applyed, creating the same gunmetal effect as seen in real life.
Since you have to open your gun anyway, consider a power mod (a modification that increases the range of your gun) or additional features while your at it (tutorials can be found on the internet).

Since I'm not a native speaker please excuse my flawed english ;)
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Echosi4 years ago
Really cool. Just be careful, that "childish and cheap plastic look" is there for a reason. The bright colors and strange designs are used to establish that these are toys and not real guns.

Also in some areas it is actually illegal to paint/remove the orange barrel from toy guns.

I like the mod, and will be using some of your painting tips in the future, but just keep safety in mind. All it takes is some idiot running up to a cop with one of these and the next thing you know Nerf will be in the news again. And then I have to deal with everyone in the checkout line at Wal-Mart giving me sideways looks next time I need a new Big Bad Bow.
Just keep the orange tip and everything would be fine. Even if it looks realistic, just make sure the orange tip is on. But in China, the police would confiscate airsoft guns because they think it is real. Same applies to nerf? Sources: Wikipedia, my knowlage
Eacon (author)  16kuokhc12 years ago
Interesting point: Do you mean the orange tip of the soft dart or the orange tip of the gun itself?

Fortunately I live in a country that's not gun-crazy and I've never heard of problems with fake guns. Of course you should'nt go waving it around in a demonstration or something, but for a game with friends it's ok.
nerf lover 2 years ago
Can i paint my nerf with acrylic paint?
Eacon (author)  nerf lover 2 years ago
You can certainly use acrylic, it paints well on plastic, metal and resin. Just make sure all the colors you use are of the same kind (water based and epoxids do not behave well together). If you paint a used gun, clean it well beforehand, since traces of dust and fats make the acrylic flake off.
Some people use their Tabletop paints (like Tau), but I personally think they'e too expensive, since it's juts a water-based acrylic.
Have fun!
NaesDraw4 years ago
Nice. I have some cheesy M1911 knockoffs molded in limegreen, this is the paint style I'll use on 'em. Thanks.

I will be keeping a orange tip however.