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This information is designed
to help you better understand exactly what a gun or
bow must go through to be decorated. At Second Skin
Camo™ we have 10 years experience decorating guns
The goal of Second Skin Camo™ is to provide gun and bow
owners with a quality camouflage finish for their
equipment. Every gun or bow sent to us is treated as if
it were our own.
To ensure that every gun or bow is returned to the
customer properly, it is carefully inspected and
documented from the time it enters our door to the time
it is ready to be shipped back to the customer. Every
box or case is checked for damage when it is received.
If damage occurs in shipping the customer will be
notified immediately. All guns received are logged into
a Federal Firearms Log book.
Gun preparation is the most important part of Second
Skin Camo™ process and several steps are taken before
the gun or bow is dipped. Any area not to be camouflaged
is taped off. Any wooden or gloss finish part is scuffed
to promote adhesion. After taping each part is placed on
a jig and a number is given to that gun or bow for each
part. Numbering ensures us that each part is returned to
the proper gun or bow. Once the part is jigged and
numbered it will be wiped down once again to remove any
oil, rust or residue. At this point the gun or bow is
ready to be painted. All the metal parts are etched and
the synthetic parts are primed. Once they are etched and
primed a base coat is applied to all parts. The paint
products used are all automotive grade. After the part
has dried for no less than twenty minutes it is ready to
be dipped. The finish can be applied to wood, synthetic,
stainless steel, blued or matte finish products.
The dipping process can be described as applying a
decorative pattern to any part of a gun or bow with the
use of water and film in a stainless steel tank. This
film is cut to size for each part dipped and placed on
top of the water in the dip tank. Each part dipped is
geometrically different and requires a different angle
and speed to ensure proper coverage. The activator
dissolves the film leaving the ink floating on the
surface. The part is then immersed through the ink and
the water forces it onto the part. After the part is
dipped the tape is removed and it is placed in a rinse
tank. After rinsing it is inspected and placed on a
hanger to dry over night.
POST DIPPING, INSPECTION AND SHIPPING
After the gun or bow has been dipped we have reached
the half way point. The day after it has been dipped any
area of the part that was not dipped is taped off. Next
we cover the part with a clear finish. The clear coat is
also a automotive grade solvent. The clear coat is what
gives the part its durability and protection from the
elements. After the part is dry to touch the tape is
taken off and the part is unjigged and placed on a shelf
with the rest of its numbered parts until shipment.
The gun or bow will go through another inspection before
it is returned to the customer to make sure all the
parts that were shipped with the gun or bow are still
with it. Every part will be reoiled in the appropriate
places. We will also re-assemble to make sure everything
was decorated that should be.
We will return your camouflaged item in the same box or
case it was shipped in. Any boxes that are not suitable
for reshipment will be discarded and a new box will be
used. When boxes are used for shipping each part will be
wrapped tightly and packed tightly to prevent shifting.
United Parcel Service is our primary source for
shipment. Each return shipment is insured for its
replacement value and a delivery confirmation is
All camouflaged items are warranted for one year for
quality and workmanship.
Care of a gun or bow after decoration is very easy.
You will no longer have to oil the outside of the
gun again, just wipe it down with a wet rag. You
will still have to clean and oil the inside of your gun.
Anything that will strip or discolor paint will have an
effect on the finish. The most common chemical that will
discolor the finish is Deet, which is used in insect
repellant. Avoid any harsh chemical bore solvents from
coming in contact with any finished area.
TURN AROUND TIME
(Subject to change due to quantity)
Turn around time changes frequently due to the
volume of product to be camouflaged. Our turn around
time is the time that it enters our door till the time
it leaves our door. We project most turn around time to
be four to six weeks during the busy months. Firearms
may be shipped by an individual to Second Skin for
customization. The individual is not required to have a
federal firearms license to ship his firearms for the
Second Skin process