Now you have your NERF spruced up on the inside, draw your attention to the outer. NERFS are traditionally in bright lurid, oranges, yellows and blues, reflecting there 70’s origins. It’s hard to take your opponent seriously however when the weapon aimed at you looks like a creation of a hyped up 7 year old. To insure that you really induce the appropriate respect and fear, the only options are to use it as a club… or artistically commonage your NERF in a layer of paint. Again here are some amazing examples.
What you will need
- Grey spray paint (undercoat)
- Additional colour depending on your design
- Screw driver
- Masking tape
- Sand paper
- Small paint brush
- Some little buttons, knobs, est. to add detail( optional)
- Plastic glue( optional)
You want your paint to adhere properly to the plastic, just buying any old spray paint won’t work and after a few goes your hard work will start to rub or flake away. That doesn’t mean you have to go out and get mega expensive pain, just read the labels carefully and chose paints that are designed for plastic. I used grey as an under coat because it shows up colours well and when you roughen up the paint later the grey underneath will look more authentic.
There are a few paints that will add a little more detail, for example
- Hammered Effect paint, (I used this one made the NERF look more like well used metal)
- Stone Effect
- Chrome Effect
- Metallic Effect
- Frosted Effect
- Glow in the dark, (this I must try)
- Glitter, perhaps for a girly effect…..or not
Note: It’s very easy to go overboard and spray the paint on too thick, this gunk’s up the mechanisms and can cause jamming.
- Using a screw driver disassemble your gun, if you’re having trouble see the last post.
- Sanding is a very important step, creating a rough surface ensures the pain will adhere properly. Don’t be tempted to do a half assed job, yes it’s boring but harden sunshine up and do it right! Basically what you want is to have no shinny surfaces, this included the NERF logo, don’t worry it won’t come off unless your sandpaper is too rough.
- Wash the pieces. After sanding small particles can cling to the plastic these little particles can affect the paints ability to bond to the plastic. Dry it off with a rag.
- If you have decided to add a few unique touches for increased detail glue them on now.
- Using your prime paint spray a light coat over all the pieces, it’s ok if small sections of colour can still be seen. Give the paint at least a good 20 min to set properly, re spraying it to soon can cause the colours to bleed in to one another.
- Chose your first colour, tape up all the sections that you don’t want to be painted just yet. Again spray a light covering making sure the sides get an even coverage. Again let this dry.
- Take off the tape, and now cover the sections you just painted leaving the remaining grey arias exposed. Keep covering and spraying until you reach your desired design, (once again keeping in mind spraying the paint on too thick, this gunk’s up the mechanisms and can cause jamming)
- You can add further detain using a brush or sand paper.
Brush – This can be used to paint fiddly individual knobs or added extras.
- Sand paper – I find a perfectly painted gun looks odd. If you gently use the sand paper to roughen up small sections it will make the gun look aged and scratched, like it has seen many wars.
- Flat head screwdrivers are also effective for smaller details.
8. Finally reassemble your gun. Now you are fully prepared for battle, good luck.