Rolling a Gunstock in a Woodgrain Pattern
Even guns deserve some beautification to make it attractive. Decorating a gun is a gesture of how much you value it, or you can treat it as a souvenir. Guns come in plain colors; however, sometimes they may need a little sprucing up to make it look better or back to the original condition when it came from the factory.
Disassemble the Gun
If a customer brings in a gun, the first process is to disassemble the gun to ensure all internal components are removed. The next process is to ensure you remove the outer coating (if any). Sometimes you may have to soak the gun in a chemical stripper or even sandblast the gun to get it back to the original metal finish. Take caution to never soak any plastic or wood in any chemicals as it could melt or deform the substrate. After that, you need to repaint or spray the gunstock in a uniform base coat that can absorb the new graphics. Make sure to use the correct primer to allow the base coat to bond correctly with the substrate you are applying over. You can paint it in a plain white base coat or the correct color that the graphic suggests from the manufacturer. Ensure the color is uniformly applied to the gun and no light or dark spots are present.
Prepare the Graphics Film
To get the proper amount of film, roll the gun over the graphic film to cut the right size that you need. You only need to roll over the film once to get the right size. Cut the size of the film you need, then take it to the water. Ensure that as you roll the gun over the film, it is straight and flat on the table. You can also use tape on the edges to help the film from rolling up onto itself.
Preparing the Film in the Water
Lay the film over the water and blow air over it to remove any bubbles that may have gotten trapped under the film. Afterwards you can set the sectional dividers and ensure they are of the same size as the film. Make sure the water is around 80 - 90 degrees before laying the film in the water. Leave the film in the water for about 60 to 80 seconds depending on the film that you are using. Spray the activator on the film and make sure you get a glassed-out look. It may take 1-3 passes of activator to get this look.
Rolling the Gun Over the Film
Once you spray the activator, dip the gun from the side. Start dipping the gun from the bottom side and shift it slowly until half of one side is fully dipped in the film. After one side is on the film, carefully roll the other side around until the film overlaps the initial dip and the wood grain pattern is fully covering all sides. Once the film is fully covering the gunstock you can take it back out of the water and start rinsing the stock. Once rinsed, completely dry it off and do any necessary touch-ups. Then make sure to use a good clear coat that is made for the hydrographics. After the clear has set for around 12-24 hours, you can enjoy the benefits of a new woodgrain stock for your gun.
Wood grains are sometimes better suited for double dips compared to single dips. This will greatly depend on the contour of the stock as well as the grain and look the pattern has. You can also dip other gun sections, such as the scope, to ensure the whole firearm has a uniform and unique design.