Painting your speargun is a cool way to make it unique and look badass in the water for pictures. Here are a few tips and pictures from when I painted mine.
- Sand paper
- Colored wood paint
- Painters tape/stickers
- Clear semi-gloss marine polyurethane
Let’s get started!
You probably need a drill to do so. This lets you get down to only the wood and makes for a much easier time in the whole process.
Sand off all the existing coating. This will allow the wood to receive the new paint job.
Its good to have a good plan going into it. Get creative during the process, but at least know what direction you are heading. We picked up 4 or 5 colors from Home Depot. The colors were liquid and the spray paint was black. I decided to go with a subtle fish gradient with a 3 layered pattern over top.
We spent a little time practicing techniques. Once you start on the gun, there’s no turning back unless you start all over from sanding.
I painted the bottom blue then spray painted black over it. The angle at which I sprayed allowed for a nice variation in the line.
This step could go before 5 depending on your styling. I wanted a few subtle elements. I added in my initials (I bought letter stickers from the local craft store) and I added in two lines as a representation of the marine hurricane warning (two stacked square flags).
Have some fun with it. This is where we got creative on the styling. We used a toothbrush for a fine mist and slung paint with our fingers for the thicker streaks.
We also added some stickers that were going to stay at this phase too.
2-3 coats is good. Watch for pooling and drips. Make sure to keep the barrel of the gun clear from pooling as this could throw off your shaft.
Make sure you give 24 hour minimum for drying. I would recommend longer (even 72 hours) on the polyurethane. The oil base paints take a long time to dry.
I would love to see some of your painted spear gun work! Tag them to our Instagram account for a shout out!
5 Things You Probably Didn’t Think Of
- Make art.
- Drink liberally and use the bottles as supports.
- Make sure to sand a bit extra where the wood slides into the hardware. The extra paint will make it thinker and you want it to fit.
- Stockings make great fish scales. Go to a party city.
- Here is some other inspirations below.
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