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Old 08-25-2020, 08:30 AM   #16
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This is generally the effect I am hoping to achieve. Using the string technique shown in the video will leave some FDE. My base coat will be green. I will also use black and brown. I'll definitely post some photos of the process.

Not bad looking at all. Now you can see how those leaves will keep the basecoat while you put a second coat on, and so on.
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There was a thread on here - I think about a year ago - I can't remember - with some pics of some great at-home camo. One guy leaned one of his against a tree trunk and it practically disappeared.
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There was a thread on here - I think about a year ago - I can't remember - with some pics of some great at-home camo. One guy leaned one of his against a tree trunk and it practically disappeared.

I would like to locate that thread. I purchased my Ruger American Ranch today. It should arrive sometime next week and the project will begin.
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You could also search for someone who does hydrographics.
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I also have some cans of Krylon ULTRA FLAT. Presently 6 colors in the lineup. I've got two of the colors and will get a third (perhaps a forth as well) and will do some experimentation. The only problem is I don't have anything big enough like your stock that I would do. I have some grips and modules, that's about it. If I was going to do a true camo on a module, I would use actual cerakote. I have seen some pretty cool jobs and "cookers" that are actually wood smokers used to cure the cerakote.

If you look at that link I included, krylon even has some examples of camo patterns. You can print these out, put some sheets of mylar over them, and PRESTO - you have your own stencils.

Regardless, if you are going to try your hand at it, putting a flat or satin polyurethane would help protect your handiwork. It would take a couple of coats and also give some cool depth to the work you've done.
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I used Krylon on my cardboard test patterns. I will use it or Rust-o-leum on the final product depending on what I find at our Big Box stores. I looked at the Krylon site for printable patterns and was unimpressed. I will use local vines and leaves for inspiration.
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It's been a little over three weeks since I started this thread. I bought the Ruger American Ranch rifle in 5.56 mm. Camo completed!

Sorry for the B&W photos. My digital camera decided to shift to B&W and I didn't catch it until the final day of the project. At least the last photo is in color.

I used three colors of camouflage paint: Deep Forest Green, Brown, and Khaki



I removed the barrel, action, and magazine well to begin. I painted the stock and mag well with a solid coat of deep forest green after masking the mag release, sling swivel studs, and butt plate. Let dry for 24 hours.







I wrapped the stock in coarse hemp twine similart to (but thicker) than the example in the OP video.



I randomly placed oak leaves under the hemp twine.



I repainted with forest green in a few areas between the leaves and twine. (note: I wish I had used a lighter olive drab paint in this step because it would have caused the areas shielded by leaves to be darker ..... Darker green leaves in the final product.)

I followed this immediately with a light dusting of brown and khaki paint over the twine and leaf patterns. Let dry 24 hours.



Removed masking and reassembled.



I plan to mount a Simmons 3-9 x 40 scope on the rifle. All in all it was a fun project. Plus, it got rid of the FDE that I really dislike.
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Wow. Very nice! That is so cool. How did you come up with thaat idea?
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Wow. Very nice! That is so cool. How did you come up with that idea?

I took the twine idea from the video in the original post. However, I wanted a more traditional woodland camo look than a bunch of broken lines on the stock. I experimented with spraying several combinations of grasses and leaves on drawing paper before deciding on the oak leaves. In retrospect I still believe spraying a second, lighter color of green (olive drab) over the twine and leaves would have made the original deep forest green show up better. I'm fairly happy with the results.
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I took the twine idea from the video in the original post. However, I wanted a more traditional woodland camo look than a bunch of broken lines on the stock. I experimented with spraying several combinations of grasses and leaves on drawing paper before deciding on the oak leaves. In retrospect I still believe spraying a second, lighter color of green (olive drab) over the twine and leaves would have made the original deep forest green show up better. I'm fairly happy with the results.
good to know. Practice on old cardboard boxes. I like the idea.
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Not that particular one, but I've watched several guys use painting tape and Rustoleum with leaves and twigs for outlines, and make some fine work.
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