TUTORIAL: Painting a Nerf Gun Above: Adam Savage's Custom Nerf rifle. Constructed from a Longstrike CS-6. Click HERE to watch its video on YouTube. ---------------------------------------------- Nerf guns are a fun hobby if you are deeply fascinated with guns but do not want to accidentally hurt yourself or want cops at your door. Since the 80's people have been collecting this toy guns and doing all sorts of things with them; not just painting but by overhauling the entire internal structure of the gun and replacing it with steel parts. In this short tutorial, I will be giving your steps on how to paint a Nerf gun. My example will be with the double-barreled, muzzle-loaded, hammer action pistol, the Nerf Doublestrike. ----- To start off with, all you will need is a small screwdriver. Begin by unscrewing every visible screw in the shell- they are on the side with the caution labels. Place the screws into a small container so that they don't go missing. Once the screws have been removed, lever the shell gently so that it splits down the seam. Keep the side with the screwholes facing up, with the other half of the shell acting as a bowl to keep the internals inside. ---- This is the Doublestrike's internals. The plunger tube and the muzzle are a single piece. The spring spike and hammer should be kept together. The anchor (the orange plastic piece above the trigger) keeps the internals locked down. ---- To take all of the internals out you will need to remove the orange anchor piece. Place this in the container alongside your screws. ---- This is the Doublestrike's spring. If you would like to double the range of the blaster, third-party replacements are avaliable for purchase online. Spring replacements range anywhere from 5 kilograms to 12 kilograms. For this tutorial I will be sticking with the stock spring. To purchase a replacement spring, click the below links: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Worker-Mod...249381?hash=item3b01432a25:g:etsAAOSwno1Zn58o http://www.lightake.com/p/Worker-5k...-Nerf-Zombie-Doublestrike-Silver_2259889.html If you do not want to buy a replacement spring, then continue on with the tutorial. ---- This is the muzzle and plunger tube piece. Do not unscrew this piece, leave it whole. WARNING: DEPENDING ON YOUR COUNTRY, PAINTING A TOY GUN'S BARREL ANY COLOUR OTHER THAN ORANGE COULD RESULT IN LEGAL REPERCUSSIONS. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO POSSESS A TOY GUN WITH A MUZZLE THAT HAS BEEN PAINTED, ESPECIALLY BLACK. PLEASE BE MINDFUL WHERE YOU PLAY WITH THIS AND NEVER POINT THIS AT A STRANGER. ---- Next, grab yourself some masking tape and tape off the parts you do not want sprayed. Above: Right side of the shell with masking tape. Above: The hammer segment with the plunger head and spring spike taped (left), as well as the barrel and plunger tube segment taped (right). Above: Trigger with masking tape. ---- Before you start on the paint, first do a coat of priming etcher. This helps the glossy plastic grip onto the paint better. If you skip the priming step, you will find that your Nerf gun can't hold its paint. Lightly spray over the entire shell, making sure to coat all angles of the blaster in an even coat. Don't forget to do the tactical rail as a lot of Nerf modders miss that area. Wait an hour for the etching primer to set before applying the next coat. I will be doing white and chrome. After you have painted the Nerf blaster with the top coat, go over it again in a couple of hours with a second coat of the same thickness. ---- Once the paint has dried (I waited 16 hours), take the pieces and begin removing the masking tape carefully. ---- After the tape has been removed, the pieces should look something like this. Above: Trigger piece painted chrome (masking tape removed). ---- If you are happy with the shell, being by reassembling the pieces. If you forget where each piece goes, then refer to my above pictures or search online for a tutorial. ---- Done. The Nerf Doublestrike has now been painted. Assuming that you have put it back together the right way and you have installed a spring modification kit, your blaster should be firing darts like a beast while also looking the part. Thank you for following my tutorial on how to paint the Nerf Doublestrike. If you have encountered any difficulties while modifying it or you have any feedback, please let me know below! I am yet to think of a name for my pistol. If you have any suggestions for it, then let me know below!