Introduction: How to Paint Your Airsoft Gun
In this tutorial I will be showing you how to prepare and paint your airsoft gun in a few easy steps. This is my first instructable so please comment on how you liked or disliked it.
Step 1: Materials
For this instructable, you will need:
AIRSOFT GUN: That one should have been obvious!
SPRAY PAINT: I recommend using dark colours of spray paint unless you are doing something strange but cool like a yellow wasp camo.
GLOVES: You might think, what are gloves for? You will not want to get spray paint on your fingers or hands or even arms if your can is that messy. (Ours was)
SCREWDRIVER: If you would like to remove parts from your airsoft gun so they don't get painted, simply take out screws and put them in a jar so you don't forget to put them back. (We didn't because our gun was cheap and we might have broken something. it is not suggested that you remove parts if you do not know exactly how to put them back!)
MASKING TAPE OR PAINTERS TAPE: You need this to cover the parts of the gun that you would not like to paint such as the trigger, sights, grip, or stock.
KNIFE OR RAZOR BLADE: I used a small knife to cut away the tape around the edges of the details that I didn't want to paint.
Step 2: Apply Tape
You should now remove the magazine and other parts that you would not like to paint. If you cannot remove a part, apply masking tape to cover it.
MAKE SURE TO TAPE THE ORANGE TIP OF YOUR GUN! It is against the law not to have an orange tip.
Carefully cut around the edges of the tape in order to create a nice edge. Be sure not to cut towards yourself incase your knife slips. Once you have finished taping, you can move outside with your spray paint.
Step 3: Painting the Gun
Now that your gun is taped, head outside. You should find a spot where the spray paint will not ruin anything around it. We went to an empty lot and put down a cardboard box. Place your gun on the painting surface. Then, holding the spray paint about a foot away from the gun, spray in short bursts, coating the gun evenly. Start with your lightest paint first, and add darker colours later. Try to avoid pooling the paint or your gun will have very noticeable lines on it and will take much longer to dry. It is best to do many light coats, rather than a single heavy coat. A good tip for painting camouflage is to hold leaves, twigs and grasses about an inch from the gun, then spray a quick burst of paint at them. This creates an erratic, organic pattern.
After painting, wait 12-24 hours for your paint to dry and cure.
Step 4: Remove the Tape
Finally, peel off the tape. Be careful not to scratch the paint! Then, replace any parts you may have removed before taping. If you are having a problem re-attaching a finicky part, get some help. Hopefully, your gun now looks great!
Step 5: Conclusion
You will now have some sick guns to dominate the battlefield. I hope you found this Instructable helpful. If you have any questions or if your gun didn't work out and you don't know why, post a comment and I will answer your questions as soon as I can.