Has anybody done their own hydrographics?

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  1. GOG

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    I've got a Mini in a black stock that I really want to re-do in a Mossy Oak type camo because it works for three seasons here at my place. Four if there's no snow.
    I put a Choate handguard on it and I want to dip that too, but I'll leave the metal as it is.

    I've watched some videos and it doesn't seem terribly complicated but it would be good to get some first hand knowledge. Prices for a kit that will do a rifle or two seem to run around seventy bucks or so.

    So has anyone done this feat at home?

    Thank you. :)

    Here's the mini I want to camo:

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    Buehler? :)
     
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    There are two shops in Tigard who do hydrodipping, but I don't know if they do firearms or any one who has done it with the kits you can get. We did play with that when I went to Trinadad, seemed simple enough if you had all the chemicals and a good dunk tank!
     
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    I think it's worth the money to buy a decent kit. It will have to wait a bit for other priorities, but I think it's worth a try. If and when I get to it I'll post up a thread with pics.
     
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    Subscribed. Looks fun!!!;)
     
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    I'm going to spring for a kit Friday. I want a Kryptek type camouflage in earth tones and it or something like it is tough to find. The alternative is a Mossy Oak type pattern which is perfect for my area. I just don't want to restrict the pattern's usefulness in other circumstances.

    Anyway I'll keep things updated. :)
     
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    Before you commit to a pattern, I recommend looking at the Max4D shadow grass mod-II
    And I also like the Shadow desert that has more grey then green! Muted colors and less definition always seem to "Hide" better! Believe it of not, even the Winter grass pattern hides well in greens and browns. One thing to remember, it' not just the A.O. your currently in, it's the combo and time of year you try to account for, while the Shadow Grass may seem counter, give it a long look against many different settings, I think you'l find it blends the best!:)
     
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    Around here unless there's snow on the ground it looks like Mossy Oak all the time. @Ura-Ki your idea of a shadow grass makes sense. The idea of a muted pattern makes sense. That's also why I was thinking of Kryptek.
     
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    This is the Kriptek Color and pattern that I would go with, the others are too stark!
    Kryptek+Highlander+5050+NYCO.jpg
    Mossy Oak brush is another outstanding camo that blends in very well.
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    I ordered this kit from MyDipKit. The pattern is called PRYM 1. It comes with a white base coat but I'm going to try some earth tones to see if I can get it a bit darker and earth looking.
    Link:
    Prym1 MP Design DIY Hydro Dip Kit | My Dip Kit
     
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    Cool, it would be great if you could do a tutorial with pics or even a video.:D
     
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    I plan on doing so. Mistakes and all. ;)
     
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    Sounds like a solid plan, I think that color will work out for ya. Please do post up pictures or video, also, share on S.M. I know lots of folks will want to see this!:)
     
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    Show off. :p
     
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    Okay, the kit came in yesterday. I planned on starting today, but I was attacked by a large blackberry thicket and when it was over I was bushed.
    (see what I did there? :D)

    I'll start a dedicated thread tomorrow. My photography skills suck, but there's tons of good videos on youtube for real info.
     
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    Subscribed... ;)
     
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    I'd like to see it, but fear I may not come across your new thread (happens so often here). If you think about it, post a link to the new thread on this thread to make it easier to find :)
     
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    I hadn't thought of that, good idea. Will do.
     
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    I started on it this morning. Got it prepped, primed and painted with the base coat. I want it to cure for a while before I dip it.

    I've taken pics along the way and will document it when it's finished with a link here.

    It seems like a quality setup and the instructions make it stupid simple. I think most of us can prep and rattle can an inanimate object, so it hasn't been much of a challenge so far.
    When it comes to the dipping I'm going to take it slow and easy cause that's the money shot and the object of the exercise.

    Here's a couple of pics.

    The intended victim:

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    The kit contents:

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