How to Paint a Paintball Gun

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Customizing a paintball gun can be a fun and innovative way to blend in with your surroundings or to stand out from the crowd. Custom paint jobs are simple and can be designed any way the user would like. The most difficult and the most time consuming part of the job is the preparation that leads to painting. Regular spray paint in the colors of your choice are cheap and readily available at auto stores or home stores.

Items you will need

  • Paintball gun tools

  • 300 grit sandpaper

  • Painter's tape

  • Painting mask

  • Primer paint

  • Paint

  • Clear coat paint

How to paint a paintball gun

Disassemble the paintball gun. All guns come with a tool kit to help clean and disassemble the gun. All of the internal components need to be removed from the gun including the bolt and any electronics.

Sand the paintball gun with 300 to 400 grit sandpaper. Every surface that will be painted needs to sanded. When you sand, the goal is to remove the paint and not the finish on the metal. You do not even need to fully remove the paint, just rough up the surface so that the new paint will have a textured surface to which it can adhere.

Wash off the gun with water and a little bit of soap. You need to remove any debris left from sanding as well as any oil and grease. These substances all can cause corruption to the paint finish and prevent the paint from drying properly.

Dry off the gun and allow it to sit for about one to two hours. Be sure the gun is dry inside and out before proceeding.

Tape off any areas of the paintball gun that do not need to be painted. This would include any holes on the inside of the gun and areas where any moving pieces will be placed. Hang the gun up by a wire or string to allow access to all sides for painting.

Place the mask over your face and spray the paintball gun with a layer of primer. Use long even strokes to cover the marker with a thin layer of paint. Do not worry about trying to cover the entire gun as you will probably cause streaking and runs. Allow the first layer to dry for approximately one hour and then spray a second layer of primer on the gun.

Gently rub the surface of the marker with the sandpaper to create a rougher surface that will allow the base coat to adhere to the primer. Spray the base color on the gun in long even strokes and hold the spray can about 6 to 10 inches away from the surface of the gun. Allow the paint to dry for one to two hours and repeat the process.

Allow the gun to sit overnight and dry. Once the gun has dried for 12 hours, spray on clear coat using the same technique as used in the previous paint sessions. Once the clear coat has been allowed to dry for 12 hours or more depending on the paint used, you can remove all the tape and reassemble the paintball gun.


  • Paint the gun in an area like a garage where it has ventilation and the area will not be harmed by the paint.
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