How to Paint Snakeskin Patterns on Rifles

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How to Paint Snakeskin Patterns on Rifles
Snake skin patterns create a diamond-shaped scale design. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Camouflage is a useful tool for hunters. The less visible you are to the naked eye, the easier it is to avoid detection by your prey; this improves your chances of having a successful hunt. A snakeskin pattern for your camouflage helps you blend in while on the hunt.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray-on primer
  • Plastic mesh
  • Spray paints

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  1. 1

    Strip the rifle of any removable parts that you do not want to paint.

  2. 2

    Mask off any areas you do not want to paint, but cannot remove; use masking tape and newspaper to cover the areas.

  3. 3

    Sand the surface of all areas you are painting.

  4. 4

    Spray the rifle on all sides with primer. Allow the primer to dry.

  5. 5

    Spray the rifle with the colour of your choice. Allow the paint to dry.

  6. 6

    Lay the rifle atop the plastic mesh. Fold the mesh over the rifle.

  7. 7

    Use tape to hold the sides of the mesh together as tightly as possible. A tighter mesh leads to well-defined lines.

  8. 8

    Spray the rifle with the main colours you have chosen. Use a single colour, or multiple colours such as black, brown and forest green. Apply the paint in splotches; this creates a camouflage design in the scales.

  9. 9

    Remove the mesh.

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