Introduction: Paint a Phoenix LTX Lazer Tag Gun
I was given the assignment at work to "mod" this gun for a client pitch, I decided to do paint and a few LEDs (unfortunately the LEDs didn't workout, but the paint did). So hears a step by step how I did it and a few things I learned along the way.
Step 1: Step 1: Plan Your Color Scheme
I decided to go for a "black ops" scheme, which I thought would go well with the hunter orange triggers and switches, but of course it's totally up to you.
The type of painted that I used was a model car paint, but I'm sure other types of plastic paint would also work well. I was very pleased with the final product using the model paint, it looks great and thus far has been resistant to scratches and wear.
Some things to keep in mind when planning your color scheme:
- there are some very intricately molded parts of the case making a two color scheme appear to be very difficult to execute.
- you may want to plan out any additional mods to your case prior to planning your color scheme
Step 2: Step 2: Open the Case
To open the case, first remove the battery cover and battery pack.
Then remove all of the rest of the case screws (they are all on the left side fo the case if you are holding the gun by the handle).
For the most part the case splits right down the middle, except around the LED dome on the top of the gun. The left side of the case actually extends over to the left side of the dome, which is on the right side of the case. Also, the tall post of the sights is fused together and must be separated. I used a utility knife which worked very well, but did require quite a bit of pressure.
Also, if you are having troubles getting the case to split around the dome, be sure that you have removed the 2 screws that are almost hidden on either side of the dome on the left half of the case...I missed them for quite awhile myself.
Once you've got the case split, lay the case on its right side and lift off the left cover from the bottom. Be careful not to open it too far, there are wires attached to the inside of this half also.
Carefully remove the mounting screws that connect parts of the wiring harness to the left side of the case (you'll need a really really small phillips screwdriver, I used one from an eyeglass repair kit).
The left half of the case that stretches over the LED bubble is also removable via 2 screws. You can leave this attached or take it off for painting then re-assemble (as I did).
Step 3: Step 3: Prep and Paint
Before painting, go over the entire surface to be painted with a fine grit sandpaper. The goal is to lightly rough the surface of the plastic so that the paint will hold better. After you've sanded be sure to get the dust off by either cleaning the surface with acetone or blowing of the dust with compressed air.
Do not paint any part of the reload mechanism. I did paint this part and then had to take the time to sand the paint back off after I discovered that the additional layer of paint was causing this item to stick and no longer function (of course I didn't figure this out until I had fully re-assembled the gun, so I'm trying to save you the trouble).
To paint, hook a wire coat hanger through one of the holes in the case and hang the other end on something high so you can paint at any angle needed.
As always with painting, many light coats is better than 1 heavy coat and will help limit the chance of drips.
Allow paint to dry before moving to the next step.
Step 4: Step 4: Re-Assemble
I laid the freshly painted case on a towel so it would't get scratched up while I was putting it back together. No big tips here, good luck remembering where everything goes! Hopefully some of these pictures can help you if you find yourself a bit lost.
Step 5: Step 5: Add On's
After getting everything back together I decided to add a scope. It's just a piece of schedule 40 PVC pipe painted black and held on with zip strips.
Step 6: Step 6: Enjoy!
Get your game on!