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Removing Camo Hydro Printing?

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by taroman, May 30, 2013.

  1. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Just traded for a Savage 10 Predator rifle at the LGS.
    Poor thing sat there a long time as it had been hit with the camo ugly stick, so got a great deal on it.
    I'd like to remove the hydro-print mossy oak look.
    Wondering if anyone has done this before I start splashing on every chemical imaginable.
    The stock is a polymer/plastic so would need to use caution so as to not dissolve it.

    thanks.
     
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  2. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    Is this a factory, or aftermarket actual hydra-print dip job? I ask because it will have a clear coat, the hydro-print coat and a base coat/primer before you get to the base gun... and it's some tough stuff.

    On the metal, you can probably use acetone or lacquer reducer. On the plastic, you may have to resort to media blasting... it will leave a dull finish, but it's better than leaving a blob of unrecognizable plastic. :)

    Look close at the hydro-print to see if you can find a name of the company that did it. Sometimes they will recommend a specific method or product. That or just go generic and look at a few hydro-print websites in their FAQ section.

    C
     
  3. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Its definitely a factory job. Savage made a bunch of these. Even the cheapo scope is camo.
    The coating has chipped in places, so I can see that the action is blued beneath.
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  4. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    5 bucks worth of rattle can matte black (or pink if you lean that way) and the camo look is fixed. ;)
     
  5. Tigershark

    Tigershark Stanwood Member

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    Please keep the thread up to date on what you get to work. If it were me, I would try the water based stripper gel on the metal. You could also try it on a hidden spot on the stock. A small area first so you don't destroy the whole thing. Water stops the action and rinses clean.
     
  6. GOG

    GOG State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    Bookmarked. I'm going to follow this one.
     
  7. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Media blast, re-blue. Anything worth doing is worth doing right...
     
  8. Straight Shooter

    Straight Shooter North Bend OR Active Member

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    Agreed. Cerakote is another option.
     
  9. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. Cerakote is indeed a good option as well.
     
  10. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

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    In the Cerakote shop.
    Jim says the camo blasts off easily.