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How to Paint Your Nerf Gun The Right Way

Painting your Nerf gun is a great way to complete that mod or turn it into a fiercer looking blaster. Few tutorials exist, so here is a complete guide on painting your Nerf gun.

Types of Paints

Not just any can of spray paint will do, in fact, it takes a special type to get this paint job done. So far, as far as paint goes, two types have been widely recommended by experienced modders. The most recommended spray paints are:

  • Krylon Fusion - For Plastics
  • Vinyl Dye - For Vinyl and Fabrics

Both of which will bond to the plastic, ensuring a longer life to your sweet paint job. Krylon Spray Paint

What You Will Need

The Steps

If this is your first time, you should stick to just painting the shells. I highly advise that you do not paint the internals of any of your Nerf guns until you get some experience. You could easily gunk up the inner workings, right away or later on down the road when the paint starts wearing off. Until you get some experience painting Nerf guns, I'd recommend you stick to just painting the shell.

With that said, here are the steps:

  • Get your halves - Using a screw driver, disassemble your blaster to remove the pieces of the shell you wish to paint.
  • Start sanding - Sanding is an important step that should not be overlooked. It will give you a longer lasting paint job by providing more surface area for the paint to bond to. You want the shell to feel rough, so sand it till it feels that way (it doesn't take long).
  • Wash the pieces - After a good sanding, wash the shell pieces. You want the paint to bond directly to the plastic, not the dust from sanding, or any other impurities.
  • Prime it - This is done by spray painting the shells with a thin coat of your black spray paint. Painting it black will allow your 2nd coat to stick out, much more than it would if you ONLY spray painted the shells with your color of choice.
  • Wait a bit - Let your base coat dry. This often takes 20 minutes or so.
  • Tape it up - If you want your Nerf gun to have black accented parts, then cover them with masking tape to keep your 2nd coat from covering them. If you just want one solid color, then forget this step.
  • Add some color - Using your color of choice, spray a thin coat over the part of the shell that hasn't been taped.

Once the paint has dried, you can either use some model paint to touch it up for some extra accents, or put everything back together.

The last step of course is admiring your work :)

See The Steps in Action

This isn't my video, but it covers the basic parts of painting a Nerf gun, and should give you a visual reference of everything that was covered above.

Painted any Nerf guns recently? If so, what color scheme did you go with?

Leave a Reply

24 Comments

  1. Jakesmyname

    i painted a longshot silver and black

  2. James Murphy

    This looks like a great tutorial! I’m thinking of doing two coats of black spray paint, and then, after the coats have dried, painting bits of the nerf gun white.

  3. Nick

    This may seem like a stupid question, but does it matter what type of paint the second coat is? Can it be any kind of spray paint? Also, does a clear coat greatly increase the durability, or is it a waste of time and money?

  4. The BroFist Guy

    Oh.. I just use acrylic paint with micro paint brushes for detail. Then, a clear matte coat. This gives my blasters like super detail..

  5. Jake

    I am thinking about painting a few different Nerf gun shells, but I don’t know how to take my guns apart. Could you add instructions on how to take apart different Nerf guns, or post a link to a trusted source?

    Thanks for all help and information,
    Jake

  6. Camden

    What would you recommend using to spray paint the Swords and Axes and Maces and other non-gun Nerf weapons??

  7. Callum

    Love your work man, but i have to ask if i want a red base but the cover is black do i still go black, then red then black again because the red is a stencil that im adding to it.

    Thanks

    Callum

    P.S – Can i sand the Nerf Logo compeletly off?

  8. Dr. Chang Wang

    Can you paint your nerf guns with any other paint(other than spray paint)because im 11 im not allowed to buy spray paint till im 18?

    • Jake

      I had my parents buy some spray paint for me. You can use model paint, but i recommend that for fine tuning your paint job.

  9. Master Chief

    any way to do it without taking it apart or just cheaper, i wanted to make my longshot look bad***

  10. MDOG6910

    What kind of paint do you actually paint on the gun? Is it the Krylon Fusion?

    • Jake

      Yes Krylon Fusion for plastic. It is pretty common at Hobby Lobby.

  11. Gordon

    More difficult than expected, but not hard. I have a Longshot CS-6 that doesn’t work anymore, and my birthday is coming up and I’ll get more guns, so it doesn’t matter if I screw up my Longshot.

  12. KMNerfArt

    Only if you want to paint the inside, really.

  13. bob

    do you need to sand the inside because i know you have to wash the inside

  14. Allison

    This makes more sense now XD
    I attempted to spray my nerf guns with black.. and completely ruined two guns because it clogged the inside !
    Thanks so much! I’m gonna test it on my last one..

  15. Jay

    so..will this paint scratch off after you use it alot?

  16. james

    Thats really useful,thanks. Althogh, I dont know where you get any sandpaper.

  17. alec

    What if you have a Sonic Blaster (Green/clear case) could you still do this?

  18. mogo

    where do u get the paint and clear coat???

  19. mafa

    looks good, i tried to do this b4 i saw the vid and i now understand that the whole gun needs to be painted over the base coat, however after it was all finished i gave mine a coat of clear to help protect it

  20. Dave

    Any recommendations for how to handle, say, the Vulcan? I mean, being as it’s got the wires holding the sides together, you can’t really separate it as fully as – apparently – any other gun, and the motor also means that the washing-off step is less good – right? :-\

  21. Joseph

    Wow, even though ths guide seems simple, I’m sure the actually painting isn’t. But this’ll be a great aid for me, thanks!