Painting It Right – Part 1: Materials and Getting Started

Hello Airsofters; Chris here from the GI Virginia store. In this post I wanted to run through a quick step-by-step about the proper way to paint your Airsoft guns, and things to both do and avoid if you decide to give your blaster a little extra personality. This first blog post will cover more or less just the basics of painting, mostly about what kind of paints to buy and how to go about the beginning process of laying a good base coat on your replica.

First and foremost, do understand that painting any part of your gun does generally void any warranties from manufacturers. I usually recommend waiting the 30-90 days for the warranty to run its course before I spray my gun. This ensures that if anything goes wrong with the gun right off the bat, you can get the issues taken care of as easily and seamlessly as possible. Also please keep in mind that removing or painting the orange tip of most guns also accomplishes the warranty being voided, so tread carefully or accept your fate before you get started.

Step One; Buying Paint

With that out of the way, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. The biggest part of painting your rifle is selecting the right paint for what you need. If you want to do a more modern, military focused paint job, or really any paint scheme that doesn’t look like something from Stargate, you’re going to want to buy a very specific type of paint. Specifically, Krylon or Rustoleum Camouflage paints. Anything labeled Ultra-Flat is exactly what you’re looking for. The number of colors offered in these ultra flat finishes is limited, usually, to tans, greens, and browns. Keep that in mind when you do your shopping. PS; don’t forget to paint to your surroundings. Think about where you normally play and what kind of foliage and colors exist in that space when you buy your colors.

Rustoleum and Krylon flat colors make the best for spray painting camo patterns for your guns.

The full suite of Rustoleum Camouflage paints. These have always been my go-to.

The Pattern for Painting

Now, the most important decision you make will be what pattern you decide to put on your gun. Don’t forget that the end goal of any camouflage, either on your clothes or your gun, is to disrupt the outline of the shape. A gun is a very recognizable silhouette, so keep this in mind when you spray your patterns onto your blasters. Once you’ve decided on a pattern and color scheme, all that’s left is to gather materials, tape up what needs to be protected, and get it started.

Typical Painting supplies can be found at most "big box" stores including Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc...

Painters tape, a brush or sponge, and some different sized mesh will help you along the way nicely. Camo netting, like the material on the left, can be purchased for cheap at most surplus stores. For larger mesh, I suggest finding laundry bags

Taping it off

Taping up the gun is important, as the process will keep important areas of the gun protected and paint free. This includes any and all attachments you don’t want painted, including glass on optics, flashlights and lasers. Also keep in mind that the inner barrel of your gun needs to be stuffed and taped up at the end. I recommend just shoving some shop towel or paper towel into your muzzle to absorb and block the paint. Tape that down to ensure it doesn’t shift out of place.

After this, tape up your trigger, should you wish to do so, and tape up any trademarks you want to keep covered. Also remember to either insert a magazine into the gun to be painted simultaneously, or tape up the magazine well to protect your hop up unit, if you choose to leave your inner barrel installed during painting. Some people prefer to take out the gearbox of their gun to ensure no paint touches it, but realistically, as long as your dust cover is closed then you should be good to go without affecting performance.

Photo pulled from Google Images to display taping off of firearm.

A good example of some finished taping work

The Process for Painting

Some people prefer to hang their guns to produce a more consistent product from side to side on the gun. Laying the gun down on a flat surface, however, will do in a pinch. First up, decide on your base coat color, and apply a very light coat from about a foot away. Sweep the can from side to side while pulsing the button to release paint. Think about shooting the spray paint on semi automatic as opposed to full auto. Holding the button down and spraying the gun will result in thick, sticky paint that could potentially show runs. This will produce a pretty poor looking finished product.

Remember that this initial base coat isn’t really about coloring the gun; it’s more or less just giving the next few layers something to stick to as you go forward. After your base coat is applied to both sides and has been given time to dry, apply a second coat of the same color, going perhaps a tiny bit darker on this one in order to ensure your base color shows through the next couple layers you’ll be applying on top. Allow this coat to dry.

On the next blog, we’ll be talking about putting pattern on guns. Also, we will discuss what kind of materials to use to produce the effects that you want.

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How does Airsoft GI Make an Event?

Have you ever wondered how Airsoft GI Events come to be? After a hard fought BB Wars Event, have you ever been curious as to how we make them happen? Dave from our Texas store (who also happens to be the man responsible for coordinating a lot of the games here at GI) is pulling back the curtain on some of the magic (but not all, that wouldn’t be any fun now would it) so you can see how we make things happen!

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Can the new JAG Scattergun Hit at Long Range?

JAG Scatter Gun

The biggest question on the minds of any airsofter interesed in new JAG Scattergun Airsoft Shotgun has been the same.

“How Far does it shoot?”

Dave from our Texas store took this beauty to the range at D14 Airsoft and took it direct to the source. With the help of a good friend of Dave’s, Tony P. (Thanks Dude!) we were able to deduce the effective range of this brand new airsoft option for our loyal readers.

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Airsoft Basics: Bounding and Cover Fire, And how to up your game

As we revive our GITV Blog, All of us here want to make sure that we bring up information that’s important to airsofters of all calibers. Whether it’s covering new guns, new gear, or the more esoteric things like picking the right guns and gear, we want to make sure we’re always giving you information that you need. To that end, we’re covering some airsofter basics that everyone should know in this new series: Airsoft Basics. We’re by no means hardened military special forces acronym agency hard-chargers, but we’ve played airsoft a time or two, and want to share our experiences with all of you.

Today’s topic is kind of a double-header, because you need to master both of these to effectively maneuver about the airsoft field. Bounding and Cover fire go hand in hand and provide the basic back bone you need to build upon further tactics. This tactic can be applied with as few as two people but can easily be expanded to larger scales, as the principles are fairly universal.

Step one is easy, you need to pin down the people shooting at you, so that your teammates can safely maneuver without being hit. How you do this is dependant on what capabilities your gear affords you, but the principle is simple. Put rounds on target.

SAWs and LMGs make for great Cover Fire options

Whether you use a saw or a rifle (remember, bursts work just as well as a full stream of fire, and saves ammo) keep the enemy pinned down. If they can’t shoot, your buddies are in a much better situation to move, which brings us to step two.Step two is the bounding aspect of this equation. Bounding is a more complex endeavor than covering fire, but we’ll break it down for you.

Break up your group of plastic slingers into smaller groups. You’ll need at least two, but you can break it down further if necessary, or if you want to occupy multiple pieces of cover as you move. One group will stay put, and provide overwatch, or some sort of covering fire (if you are already engaged) while the other group moves position. This doesn’t have to be forward, either. You can maneuver to the side, make a retreat, or even try to flank your opponent using this essential tactic. Once your group is done moving, you’ll swap roles and repeat.

Don’t forget to keep up the cover fire while your buddies move

Now that you’ve got a handle on how it works, let’s talk about where and when you’d want to make use of your new skill. If you’re moving through a new area with your squad, and you’re unsure if enemy players are around, bounding is a good way to avoid risking your entire fireteam getting laid out by an enemy SAW and may even help you take out a greedy opponent while he tries to take down your friends. Alternatively, you may find yourself engaged and feeling pinned down by enemy fire. You can adapt bounding to an active shoot out during a game as well. While one group suppresses, you should always have buddies moving trying to out flank your targets. Once they are in place, you can once again, switch roles, and keep your opponents on their toes. The key to winning shoot outs in airsoft is to shoot your opponent and not get shot yourself. If you split your opponents attention, now your chances of being shot have been effectively halved.

This breakdown should hopefully allow you to keep the pressure on your opponents, and keep your buddies safe from enemy fire. We’re by no means expert tacticians or highly trained operators, but these are some basic tips that have helped all of us here at GI succeed during a game, and should help you lead your team to victory as well!

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Behind the Scenes at GI Texas | Vlog #4

The Texas store crew have begun trying to run a store Vlog via our Airsoft GI TV Uncut youtube channel! We wanted to give you a behind the scenes look at the day to day life at one of our stores, including repair stories, upcoming events, and other more personal things.

Today, Dave checks in on Mason while he works on some repairs, and they dive into a surprise shipment from PTS, with a little inside details on how we get some of the stuff we get! Check out the video below, and let us know what you want to see us talk about in the comments!

 

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