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DIY Camo?

Post by DuckHunt » Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:30 pm

I've seen some of the unique coatings Wyvern puts on some of the Excalibur crossbows they sell and wondered if anyone has tried their own DIY camo job.

During my lengthy corona virus lock-down I took the opportunity to refurbish an old jon boat and trailer my dad gave me and completed it with a DIY camo job. The boat is a 39 year old DuraCraft 1436 that is about as light as they come that my dad picked up cheap with an mid-1960s 6hp worn out motor. I watched craigslist for over a year and finally found a gem of a motor for it. I picked up a 1992 Evinrude 15hp that seriously had no more than 10 hours on it. It was garage kept both both prior owners and the person I bought it from had owned it for about a decade and never used it. When equipped with the right stainless prop, it'll push the old Duracraft down the Shenandoah at more than 32mph. :shock: :D

The boat and trailer were a mess when I started. Along with an obvious cleaning, the boat transom was showing its age. Someone had put heavy iron supports in place to mitigate the age, but they were way heavier than necessary. I rebuilt the transom and put in some lighter braces. Then spent almost two weeks prepping it for paint. The trailer got a similar treatment. It was a bare metal axle-less frame on jack stands before I started painting and reassembly.

Here are some before and after photos...
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I didn't have much in the whole rig prior to beginning the project. Now its priceless to me.

Liking how the camo turned out so much, I decided to apply it to a new ladder stand before I took it to the woods last week.
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My last two DIY camo jobs have turned out good. Does anyone have any DIY camo jobs they'd like to show? I'd especially be interested in seeing any on a crossbow.
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Re: DIY Camo?

Post by Normous » Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:32 pm

Both look AWESOME!!!!

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Re: DIY Camo?

Post by Bcxbow » Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:53 pm

Normous wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:32 pm
Both look AWESOME!!!!

WOW!

X2..........Great job!! :thumbup:
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Re: DIY Camo?

Post by janesy » Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:03 pm

That paint job is amazing! How did you lay it out?
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Re: DIY Camo?

Post by Hatchet » Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:08 pm

That is an excellent camo job.

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Post by ihunt » Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:59 pm

Can you come and do mine :thumbup:
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Post by gendoc » Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:22 pm

when do you plan on visiting the beaches here in south alabama ?
when you do, bring your stuff, i have a few camo jobs for you...... :mrgreen:
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Post by AJ01 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:38 pm

That stuff looks SUPER!!!! :thumbup: :thumbup:
Wish I had that skill!!

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Post by mr meat » Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:30 pm

Great job
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Post by tcwild » Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:26 pm

Looks GREAT!!!

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Post by Cardinalsfanforever » Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:34 pm

awesome job
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Re: DIY Camo?

Post by DuckHunt » Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:51 pm

janesy wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:03 pm
That paint job is amazing! How did you lay it out?
I used a paint kit from RedLeg Camo and a set of their stencils in Timber HD.

This 43 second video makes it look easy: https://youtu.be/XswSo0EnbN0

It would be that easy if a boat were a flat clean white surface and you had an unlimited number of stencils that you didn't have to clean. It took about a week to paint all of it once I had the base coat on. It was certainly a project that took time. Clean up took about as much time daily as painting did.

If I had it to do all over again, I'd just buy a boat that was already camo. :lol: If you ever go to buy a boat and the camo option is $500 additional, pay the man. Fortunately I had plenty of time to kill so this was a perfect project to consume it.
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