Articles, Blog

Paint a Rifle Scope with Duracoat (USMC MARPAT) | The Social Regressive

applying a Duracoat finish to a scope
is pretty much the exact same process as applying it to a rifle; of course there
are just a few notable exceptions. first off you do want to be sure that
nothing gets on the lenses so I have masked off my ocular ring here my focus
ring the kind of front focus ring here and of course I’ve masked off the lens
itself so I’m not going to get any paint on their objective and I have some paper
down over the lens and I’ve stuffed in a bunch of cotton this one I didn’t mask
off the edges because I I do want this to be totally covered in the direct coat
finish right up to the edges I don’t want my prairie dogs or anything to be
able to see any little bits it probably doesn’t really matter but that’s just me
I like to cover as much as I can I have since this is an object an adjustable
objective on this lens I have taped off the numbers so this is my the indication
of range through here I’ve also put a little bit of masking tape over the dot
that indicates where the lines and I’ve done the same thing back here on zoom’
so I have a cover over the dot and then I have a cover over the numbers as well
now in this case I’m gonna have a pretty easy job on this because the turrets
here if I had some of the big you know kind of target style turrets and these
are small ones if I had some of the bigger ones I would direct coat those
like I have on my my Falcon but this since I have some nice little turret
caps and those things are small anyway I’m just gonna cap these off and direct
out this whole thing as you see it now one of the things that you’ll want to
keep in mind is that I don’t want to get any dirt coat under these rings if I can
help it I don’t want there to be anything between the ring and the body
of the scope and that is because even minut differences
that kind of increased the diameter of this tube could lead to some problems
where I’m crushing the erectors this is a a second focal plane scope I’m trying
to remember where the erectors are on this I think it’s on this side but I
want to be sure that I’m not squishing them under this ring and if I ever take
these off I’ll probably want to clear away the direct coat under where they
are like if I need to shift anything around now this scope is already tuned
up where I need it to be on my rifle this is already zeroed out so all I’m
gonna be doing is just painting this and when I put it on the rifle it should
work right away just like with the two rifles that have demonstrated so far my
particular camo that I’ll be putting together is going to be it’s gonna have
a base layer of 50% tactical coyote brown 50% tactical woodland brown it
gets me kind of a nice mid brown I didn’t want anything quite this light
nothing quite this dark and I think it serves as a pretty good base coat this
will be a 50/50 mix of this and then one part in twelve of Dura coat hardener in
case you’re wondering about sizes I’m just going to be doing a tablespoon of
both of these mix together and that should pretty well cover this I think
sometimes it’s hard to gauge I anticipate having just a little bit left
over and I might use that to touch up some spots on one of my rifles but I
think one excuse me one full tablespoon of this stuff should coat this scope and
more will see just like in my previous demonstration videos I will be of course
wearing a mask because this stuff is pretty nasty and it does go airborne in
a big way I’ll be wearing gloves this time because last time gave myself some
dirt coat nails and once that stuff sets in my gosh I’m just going to wait for
these to grow out pretty much and of course I’ll have some glasses I’ll be
using this Pasha airbrush hobby airbrush and this container right here holds
probably about one and a half tablespoons of the good stuff so this
will be plenty for this application I have a bigger one that I’d smashed last week
accidentally and hopefully this will be good enough for today you’ll note that
I’m keeping everything really light you’re keeping everything moving you
don’t want it to stop and sit in an area for a while and you don’t want it too
thick you can ice with them you can always do multiple cool now one thing that I hadn’t done it
first and I just now did I went ahead and put a rough mask off the the bottom
of the the rings here where it mates with the the base on the rifle and
that’s probably a pretty good idea to just mask that off keep overspray from
getting on there it’s not the biggest deal but again if you have a little bit
of overspray on there then what it’s going to do is change your point of
impact possibly just a little bit that happened to me with my other rifle so
hopefully I can keep that to a minimum but since I painted the base on my rifle
as well I’m assuming there’s gonna be a point of impact shift and when I get
this thing locked down for the first time all put together
I’ll just Reiser oh the rifle not gonna be a huge deal but if you can save
yourself a little time go ahead and do it by now with this second coat you can see
that the color is really starting to come through but you can also see that
I’m keeping it light enough you can still read the text when the objective
here that’s probably a pretty good idea you want to keep these coats nice and
light so that they stay very flat if you start to spray this on so that it gets
done quickly saying one coat it’s not going to be quite as flat as the method
I’m using right here it’s almost fuzzy in the end you it looks like I calculated absolutely
perfectly one full tablespoon got me three coats on the scope so this
thing is looking nice and it also got me two coats on my barrel which needed just
a little bit more so this is looking pretty darn good I’m gonna let this dry
and then I’m going to get into the second color which is going to be just
the woodland Brown here’s the pretty well dried scope I’ve had this sitting
here for about an hour so this is my base coat and it is looking pretty darn
good the next thing to do is use our tactical woodland Brown and apply some
of these digital shapes that I’ve cut out I’m just gonna apply these all over
and what I like to do is instead of going with those large stencils and I’ve
mentioned this in some of the other direct cut videos I’ve done I like to
use relatively smaller shapes and I don’t stick them at all I just hover
them over the surface and then use the airbrush to spray them on and in this
case before I was doing very thin coats this is going to be one you know
decently thick coat because I do have to get coverage if I were sticking this I
could do multiple coats but in this case I have to get full coverage in one pass
otherwise I might accidentally move it around and it wouldn’t come out so great
so I’ll get pretty good coverage I’m gonna keep the airbrush as far back as I
can just to get a good spread but the goal here is instead of having gigantic
stencils that cover this whole thing and are really elaborate it’s much easier to
take these small ones and then be them connect to basically create a big one
without having to do any you know fine complicated work it’s all just done over
time and what really gets this to pop is as you start getting into these smaller
high frequency low amplitude sort of stencils that’s where things
really start to come alive and begin to look organic especially when we apply
the single pixel and you can see this on the rifle videos that I’ve done this
single pixel just kind of tacked onto the edges of some of these stencils
really softens them up and makes everything look really organic
especially from a distance you one things are nicer to do going to
bring your shakes all the way to the edge that helps to break the shape up
and when it comes to any special features or contours on this thing like
these turrets for example you want to be sure to break those up too so I’ll
be applying some Brown when my goal is to have it wrapped around surfaces so
this shape will continue like this around here and around here now in this
case may be this big stencil isn’t the best idea maybe a small one is better
but I’ll give it a try pretty bunny you here it is without all of the single
pixel work to kind of break up the block is looking pretty good right now we can
get it to look a little bit better just by having a single pixel spots watch this
here’s the scope with all the single pixels added you can see what a big
difference that takes those big blocky shapes it starts to break them
down this is going to look really good once we get green on and then once we
get those lighter tan little splotches on there – this is going to be very
solid our next color is going to be technical woodland green you can tell
its tactical in the name and I’m gonna give this pretty much the same coverage
as I did the woodland brown it’ll be a 50/50 split you on the right here we have a four color
camouflage job and this is the end product that we’re going for here on the
left this is my other scope this one needs to have its fourth color added so
far it’s looking pretty good but it’s all just kind of flat these colors are
roughly in the same sort of lightness range so even though the colors are kind
of breaking things up as far as lightness brightness values go it’s not
being broken up all that much this helps out this Brown here but for the most
part it’s still really not that dark so what we’re gonna do is we’re going to
add some straight tactical coyote Brown and actually what I did in the past is I
use straight coyote brown on here but I think I’m going to get it to pop just a
little bit more I’m going to add just the tiniest bit of this desert beige I
think this is going to help it kind of get a little three dimensionality to it
you can see with this one back here this older scope that it’s just broken up a
little bit more that little little pop of the lighter color helps to break up
the shapes and get it to look less like a scope and it really works especially as
you start backing up and you have this thing in the brush or on the grass but I
think this one’s going to come out even better and the trick with some of these
colors like if you go for the extremes if you’re going for say black like you
have here on an actual MARPAT camel back here or if you’re looking at a lb or one
of the other MARPAT items okay they have a really really dark brown or black in
them which I do not have here this probably would be broken up a bit better
if I had that but I was just kind of picking things from the catalog that I
thought would work I goofed up a little bit I might come back and put a darker
color on there sometime I think it would help break up the shape but as it is it
works so well I kind of don’t want to mess with it but
adding this light color you want to be sure that whether it’s really dark are
the really light that you don’t use all that much you’ll see that I have a lot
of the base coat I have large sections of these colors that are kind of the
mid-tones and then I have very little actually of the bright stuff so if
you’re using very dark or very light keep those ones kind of high-frequency
small bits don’t use so much of them you want to have most of the coverage be the
base layer these kind of broad colors here these big ones and then where you
have the extremes you want to use very little because it’s going to kind of
emulate highlights and things like that you don’t want to get it to look like I
don’t know that it jumps out at you you don’t want to have too many highlight
areas you four colors and the rifle is going to
match this we’re in full Sun right now and you can see that the method I use
there’s very little gloss to it it is extremely flat as long as you go slow
you should end up with pretty much the same results you get a nice flat finish
on it you ah

35 thoughts on “Paint a Rifle Scope with Duracoat (USMC MARPAT) | The Social Regressive

  1. Hey man, nice paint job… I accidentally removed your comment on our 22-250 video, got a new phone and hit the wrong button. Repost if you like, nice channel!








  3. Can Duracoat be effectively used on a synthetic stock, also? And, any idea on where I could find reference material for mixing colors to get a specific tone or is it all guesswork? Great video!

  4. Not being a massive fan of pixelated cam colours, I think what you have achieved is actually pretty good. 🙂

  5. when you are finished, do you have any trouble moving the magnification ring with the paint dried on it? does it chip when you first move it?

  6. Great Video, and a Beautiful paint job too. So,….. Dura Coat will adhere to a smooth surface without sanding ? My,… technology had certainly advanced. Now all we need is a Paint that will adhere to a automobile without sanding, wouldn't that be awesome ?

  7. Nice job! I learned quite a bit from this. One question, what if you were to knock down the intensity of the parts of the scope that were masked off with a light spray of color, but still be able to see the markings? That black coming through is pretty intense.

  8. Nice job. I like the color mix. Also you mentioned liking some black spots on it too, that would've achieved easily by taping some spots at the beginning as the original scope was black. Not taking the sun reflection on black part into consideration

  9. what did you bake everything in (oven) & what about the scope did you use a Heat gun? Great Video Awesome job!!

  10. Masking the numbers looks like crap and is pointless.
    I have never seen ANYONE use them EVER.
    You rotate it and it focuses and your done.
    Iv never needed to focus it and check the numbers just incase I forgot how to see.

  11. I seen the pixels you was using and said to myself that it is going to look like shit it will never come out right but watching you do it a little bit at a time I stand corrected it came out looking pretty dam good great job

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *