You MUST signup for the workshop at (if you haven’t already signed up):
PPE (Personal Protection Equipment)
- Nitrile gloves (critical for degreasing process and for overall protection of hands)
- Face mask (either n95 or paint respirator – cerakote is extremelycaustic.)
- Clear eyeglasses (Under $2 at harbor freight)
- Or add these to an amazon order: Glasses on Amazon
Preparation: Degreasing, Surface Prep, Finishing (please do this BEFORE the workshop)
- Acetone for regular degreasing.
- Brake cleaner for heavier or rapid degreasing (It’s also veryquick drying and leaves a surface ready to take a paint coating)
– I usually keep an eye out for sales of this at Autozone, Oriely’s, etc. Walmart may have good pricing per can as well. (Anything under $5/can should is reasonable)
- Quality masking tape (I recommend a quality mask tape (like frog tape or “edge seal” masking tape) many spray coatings are extremely thin when sprayed on and can easily creep under the edges of low quality masking tape. A quality painting tape can help prevent this from happening.)
- Sand paper (optional depending on items to be painted) I use automotive wet dry sandpaper, in grits of = 220, 320, 400
- Can use 3M green Scotch Brite pads as well.
- Steel wool (000…. This is used for burnishing the surface after painting Cerakote air-dry)
- Newspaper (good amount)
- Cardboard (just old boxes are fine. These will be backdrops and guards for painting overspray.)
- Wire hangers (we use these for hanging and spraying) (supplied by Thomas)
- Plastic sheeting (if doing spraying. If hand painting – not needed) (supplied by Thomas)
High end options
- Cerakote (Thomas can get pre-paid shipping from brownells. Also, remember Austin will sell you whatever you use of his colors).
- Duracoat kits (If done properly, these also work well)
- Duracoat link (Thomas has pre-paid shipping)
Effective budget options
- Rustoleum Camouflage series
I’ve had great results with Rustoleum camo series.
You can pick up a matte clear to finish a top coat as well. (Walmart)
- Krylon ultra flat camo series is also very good, but you’ll need to shop around.
- Brownell’s Alumihyde II – this stuff is extremely resistant to most all chemicals and cleaners. For the price and with the right application technique, it’s hard to beat this great solution as no special equipment is needed – just instruction needed for tetechnique
– I recommend getting a pack of clean out nozzles, and a pack of replacement nozzles.
– I use these for everything from Aluma-hyde to Rustoleum / Krylon projects.
Paint Equip Supplies
– Pipettes (if mixing colors)
– Plastic trays for mixing & hand dip painting (something that won’t dissolve, no styrofoam cups or cheap plastic cups. Glass dishes from DI work well.)
– Wood mixing sticks – popsicle sticks – or even Qtips.
– Sponges for hand dip painting (This is what I use for custom ATACs-AU camouflage pattern – works awesome)
– If going full DIY and you want to spray liquid style paint. I’ve had good results with these.
– Camo screening materials / stencils
Can do a youtube search for camo painting gear. Look for videos that use natural materials like branches, and other items like mesh laundry bags, etc.