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Liquid Colour Design Custom Paint & Airbrush Techniques


I was handed the rifle stock by Gary and then I stripped the stock as far as it goes. This rifle stock is totally different to an F-Class stock with less ‘meat’ on it, so it had limitations for the design artwork aspect but great for the custom paint, so this is how we came up with the paint work. Firstly, the stock is totally stripped, taped-up and all parts removed are placed inside a cup for safe keeping.


This is really the most important part of the process - get this wrong and the paint work will suffer. It’s essential to understand what primers and metal- cleaning products to use for all the prep work and prime out. Due to the stock being made from two different components - aluminium and laminate - I had to ensure that I split the two apart, treating it as two separate projects.


The aluminium was prepared by going through a degreaser stage then using panel wipe. After that I started on the wet and dry paper. I had to use a small hand Dremmel to knock back a couple of dings out of the aluminium – a bit of user error here Gary! I used sandpaper to knock-back all the laminate ‘errors’ and then I 2K lacquered the laminate. I did this process twice and then sanded smooth. After the second time of sanding the laminate, I used a high-build primer then a dust coat of etching primer to give me a high tack rate for my paint stage. I needed to do this as I am totally meticulous about the process and finish.


Auto Air paint is water-based and uses a mechanical bond to paint - unlike solvent that uses chemical bond - so the painting process becomes a joy. For the base, I used 4002 sealer dark Auto Air paint and over the top I used 4401 Gem Sapphire which is totally amazing in the sunlight over the sealer. Dark produces a dark shade of Sapphire but this paint can be used in so many different ways if you paint over base white it produces a high sapphire hot pink shade. The AA paint is very versatile and there are many different options to the custom painter or artist.


Unfortunately, the day Gary came to collect the stock it was a very dull day so I will at some point get some photos in the amazing sunshine we have here in Northern Ireland.


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