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 ;)
Step 1: Materials + Tools
As mentioned, you can do this with any Nerf gun (or even a water yun if you like). I've had great results with all kinds of models and I'am currently building a set of guns of the same style. In this instructable I'm painting a Nerf Hyperfire (which has btw a really ugly colour!).
Make sure all the paint you use is acrylic water-based . Paints with different solvents don't get along. Acrylic gets waterproof once it's dry.
- Nerf Gun
- Black dull spray paint
- Clear dull spray paint
- Silver metal paint
- (other paint of your choice, for details)
- sth to cover your floor with while spraying
- Screwdriver set
- Stanley knife or cutter
- Sanding paper rough (80-grit) and fine (180-grit)
- a paint-brush (relatively stiff, not the aquarell kind) and a plate
- Support stuff like: pen & paper, Scotch tape, containers to collect the bits and pieces...