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#1 User is offline   Jonas 

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:12 PM

What paint would you use to paint a phantom? I'm looking to using krylon, so that should help narrow it down. I'm asking because I'm unsure of if aluminum paints differently then regular "metals"
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:20 PM

You know the Pump Gods (and Goddesses) will smite you for doing this, right? :( jk I'm not sure how the paint will react to the aluminum b/c it's actually annodized, not painted. What I will do is link this thread in the Pump Discussion Thread which is filled with much smarter pump people than I.
One question, why are you painting it? Two questions: original color and new color?

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:25 PM

Well, the original color is black, and I was planning on blue tiger striping it. If the pump gods/essesseses want to smite me for it, they can try, I'll smite them backer. :( Plus the fact I think it would be cooler to say I painted my own gun rather then send it away for a month to be anno'd.
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:26 PM

Except for one minor detail. Paint wont stay on as long as anno.
So if you want to ruin a perfectly good phantom, then by all means do it.

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:28 PM

That's why I'm asking, don't want to ruin my gun.
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:29 PM

If you really MUST paint it, use a very durible paint, such as duricoat, I think that is what it is called.

Also, be sure to prep the surface being paint well. sanding the parts you paint to give it a rough surface so it is easier for hte paint to stick.

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:29 PM

KT - Let's be nice please. One man's "ruin" is another man's treasure.
He is right. The paint will wear off faster.
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edit: what Matt is talking about is Duracoat. It's what BigBone on here uses. It's not standard paint. It's special stuff that is a wench to work with. Requires special airbrush gear. A couple of people have tried it.

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:33 PM

Send it in to Bigbone to be duracoated. If that is what your phantom really wants. No offense, but it will look WAY nicer than if you did it. It will also be done right, and professionally. I

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 07:20 PM

View PostJonas, on Jul 24 2008, 08:12 PM, said:

What paint would you use to paint a phantom? I'm looking to using krylon, so that should help narrow it down. I'm asking because I'm unsure of if aluminum paints differently then regular "metals"

Save yourself the trouble and get it annodized the way you want. You will not risk ruining your phantoms looks if you do, and besides, it will look better. The options they offer do allow for your design, and it will be unique.


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Posted 24 July 2008 - 07:23 PM

Send it in to Big Bone, it's worth every penny. He can professionally sandblast and apply Duracoat, the best and most durable paint for paintball markers ever designed.
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 07:30 PM

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pump gods...smite...oh come on, you had to know this was coming....

ok, if you are going to paint you phantom, you will need to buy top quality paint and a clear coat, i found a good paint to be Krylon professional, its industrial strength so it shouldnt chip or rub off....then you should hit that up with a coat or two of a good clear coat.

you will want to pre-sand the body of the gun with a fine grit sand paper( ive found that 220 grit works well but you will want to follow the manufacturers recommendations), and wash it with soap and water...

...after its dry, you will want to paint in a well ventilated area and take your time, its best to do thin multiple coats and hold the can about a foot away and dont worry about painting it all in one pass....if you take your time it should turn out just fine.

BUT BE WARNED!:
The paint will eventually wear-out/ scratch/ fade/ ect. and will require re-painting and that will depend on the quality of your work and the amount of use/abuse it takes...it can last anywhere from a few months to a few years...it all depends on how well you paint and how well you treat your gear.

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 07:43 PM

Cesar- thank you. I couldn't find Willy in my photobucket. :rolleyes: Also, thank you for the most informative post in the thread. I will agree that sending your Phantom to Bone is your best bet, but if you want to do it yourself, then Cesar has the best info...
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 09:12 PM

If it comes out bad, take note, you will be smitten. :dodgy:

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Posted 27 July 2008 - 10:06 AM

View PostJonas, on Jul 24 2008, 09:28 PM, said:

That's why I'm asking, don't want to ruin my gun.



that's what Krylon will do to it...

duracoat will hold up much better and longer, but it's still prone to chiping etc.
prepping the metal is key to duracoats durability.


*edit: be careful on the build up of paint where the pump wraps around the barrel!! too much paint build up will affect the pump, or just gunk up and lift from pump action during play.

I'd say find a good sandblaster in the area that knows what they're doing...tell them you're not trying to strip the blank ano off, but prepping the surface for painting.

*after all that effort - it would of been easier to send it to BigBone :happy: lol

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 12:41 AM

What kind of camo are you looking at doing? Might as well check to see what my prices are. I can respect you wanting to do it your self but painting a gun to last is no easy thing. Take your time and continue to do more research and Explosive is right, no matter what kind of paint you decide to use try to do the best kind of prep you can. Prep is everything in a paint job and can turn a job that would of lasted 2 weeks to lasting a lifetime.


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