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Borrego Bob

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Anyone used hydro dipping to camo your AR? What are the better products and considerations for doing it? How hard is it to do and is it easy to screw up?



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I don't believe it is done in the home shop.

ive had an A2 stock dipped in carbon fiber to match a carbon fiber handguard.

I believe it can be easily messed up... the process not the finish.
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Here's a kit to dip at home:
http://www.mydipkit.com/index.html
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So you can get 5 meters of the film for 170 bucks. So if i had a camo dipping party and got say 5 guys to get in on it we could bring the price down pretty good for each rifle. The problem would be getting 5 guys to agree on the same pattern.

This seems to be a fairly good pattern. 

https://www.mydipkit.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=75&zenid=e3f0ee8249fa93696178b5b110a16e66

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Had looked into that before, found a few sites that had film and supplies ,if you have a way to spray the activator, found quite a few demos on youtube also, seems to be do-able   http://www.pihydrographics.com/

http://www.hydraphics.com/main.sc

http://hydrographicsbydesign.com/index.html
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Here's my first go round at hydro dipping with My Dip Kit entry level kit. I did each part individually in my basement with an appropriately sized rubbermaid bin. The first step is a well applied base coat. The patterns are made by applying the semi-transparent image over the proper tone of base coat. you could easily achieve a blaze or snow camo by using an orange or white base coat. Once the base coat is finished youre ready to dip. For bigger/ wider parts, I did the dip in halves. Dip one half, rinse under hot water, let dry, then tape along the line where the graphic stops and dip the other side. You get the hang of it pretty easily and the results are awesome. The matte clear that comes in the kit is very nice too. 

This is my 358MGP build named Groot:


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Looks GREAT!!
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I used the DIY dip kit also, with some practice you can get nice results. Etching primer then base coat. The film likes to expand quickly once the activator is sprayed on it. Need to play around with the masking tape edges and relief cuts and or film size to minimize this problem. Once it expands it does distort the pattern. After a good rinse in running hot water I let my parts dry for 24hrs. Sprayed the supplied semi gloss clear coat, 3-4 coats. After 3 days now the clear has hardened up well with a nice no glare finish. Practice in small parts 1st and YouTube helped a lot also.

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I have an 8' tank for sale or trade that I made, to hard to cerakote and dip and work full time.
It's here in Colorado if someone is interested in it.
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I like the concept but I worry about durability and fading.  An example, which may not apply, is the camo kits one can get on vehicles that fade very badly after a few years.  Any experience to the contrary?
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