tophog, if you don't mind sharing the secret, how do you get that "spit polish" finish? I'm jealous.
Lot's of Kiwi! Or Lemon Pledge!
Actually, since I'm new to painting stocks (I've been custom painting Harleys and general automotive stuff for over 25 years) these are samples using automotive basecoats and clears. I haven't stocked up on 'gun coatings' like Cerakote or Duracoat.
Duracoat has a much wider color selection, but I am still reading up on the differences between the products offered.
The samples I provided are shinier than what the matt finish would look like using the proper coatings for field weapons.
I am basically demonstrating my ideas and artwork, hoping to generate some interest, and the application of these to a real rifle I would put in the category of a display like Franklin Mint stuff, but for a custom, one-of-a-kind gun, i.e. a tribute to someone's father or son, etc. Not really meant for taking out to a sandy wash to knock down some beer cans.
These are custom jobs. I will not duplicate an idea, unless requested at the time of initial commission.
For example, the POW one pictured is already sold, and I will not do another one identical for someone else. I will do a similar theme, but with obvious differences.
I am working on other ideas for paint schemes, and hope to present some soon. I am currently working with only one stock, painting, taking pics, then sanding and repainting. I am looking for unwanted or damaged stocks to use for the samples. The more I have to work with, the more paint schemes I can produce.
I do plan to start doing camo, but to me that is not a priority. People are using Krylon and producing some good looking stuff.
(I hope I didn't sound like a temperamental artist . . . I'm not.)
When I paint a Harley for someone, they sure don't want to see the same scheme on someone else's bike!
Hope I didn't get too long winded.
God made the Garand! - USN Gunner 1976-80, 5" 38 / 6" 47 ( Who says 6 inches ain't enough? ) Nevada CWP Utah CFP