Nerf N-STRIKE Recon Project – Days 1 and 2

Totally on a whim yesterday, I decided I was going to buy a Nerf gun – one of the really cool N-STRIKE series guns they’ve got out now – and do it up in matte black and stuff for use as a sci-fi prop gun. So I went to Wal-Mart and picked up the Recon CS-6 (the clear version, so I wouldn’t have any choice but to paint it – it’s butt ugly right now) and went off to Lowes for my other supplies.

I already had in mind what I was going to use – Krylon gray primer, Krylon flat black, some sort of olive drab (I’d know it when I saw it), and a clearcoat. Well, Lowes doesn’t carry Krylon, so I went looking for the next item on my list, an X-Acto knife, and… they don’t have those either. What the heck? All I managed to get was a roll of 1.5″ blue painter’s tape and a medium grit sanding sponge. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the sanding sponge, but I got it anyway.

After that I went back to Wal-Mart and went back to their paint department, where they had a few shelves of Krylon, but not a single can of black. Not flat, not satin, not gloss, nothing black whatsoever.

I went home and played with the gun a little bit. It’s actually a really cool toy, as a magazine-fed dart “rifle”.

Day 2

I took the sanding sponge to the Nerf logo on the side of the gun, since the research I’ve done on painting Nerf guns involved sanding the markings and logos down. Well, that’s pretty much an insane proposition, because I’m sanding down the surrounding area as much as I am the logo itself. I managed to get the orange paint off the Nerf logo and that’s about it, though I only spent about five minutes on it.

I went to ACE Hardware and picked up some Krylon Fusion Camouflage in ultra flat black and ultra flat olive drab green, as well as some matte finish clear coat.

After I got home, I went back to work on sanding the Nerf logos, but I gave up after about five minutes. Given enough time I could wear the logo down, but I’d wear down other stuff that I don’t want to wear down, so my next idea is Bondo. I’ll build up the surface to cover up the logo and sand it flat. I have no idea what I’m doing.

The Nerf Recon is now completely stripped to its base parts and occupying a plastic lined cardboard box. I took pictures before I removed the internals and I’m still not sure I can put the thing back together.

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