Editor’s Note: The following gun painting tip comes from LivingReadyOnline.com user Wild Bill H. Watch a video featuring another gun painting technique here from Living Ready contributor Andy Tran.
Gaffers Tape: Perfect for Preserving Gun Parts
Gaffers tape is awesome stuff for camo gun painting. Personally, I try to avoid painting my equipment, preferring to keep it in original condition. Parts and accessories sell better if they’re not painted.
Gaffers Tape vs. Duct Tape
Why gaffers tape and not duct tape?
Gaffers tape has been used by the film industry for decades for temporary securing of wires, equipment, etc. It’s actually fabric, so it’s dull/matte. That’s different from duct tape, which tends to be shiny.
But the biggest advantage to gaffers is the non-messy adhesive. It does not leave a sticky, gooey mess like duct tape but still adheres very well.
This allows you to experiment with colors and patterns without getting your weapon covered in paint. Also, changing the camo with the seasons is easy. Just rip off the old tape and apply a new layer of camo paint.
Method #1: How to Use Gaffers Tape for Gun Painting
Wrap the gun parts in tape, then apply paint. Easy as that.
Method #2: How to Use Gaffers Tape for Gun Painting
Lay strips of gaffers tape on sheets of wax paper, spray them with paint and wrap them onto the gun.
Where Not to Use Gaffers Tape for Gun Painting
One place I don’t use tape of any type is the gun barrel.
During hunting, my barrels usually don’t get hot enough to reek havoc with tape adhesive, but there are occasions when more than a couple rounds are fired.
I usually use camo fabric to wrap the barrel instead. Colored chalk could break up the barrel profile, too.
Where to Get Gaffers Tape for Gun Painting
Gaffers tape is found in a variety of colors and widths. Hardware stores and online retailers carry a lot of gaffers tape, but I prefer Amazon because of the feedback ratings to avoid a poorly made version.