How to Paint a Rifle Scope – Step-by-Step Instructions

Painting is always fun and painting a riflescope is exciting!

Let’s find out how to do it.

Some Things You Will Need

  • Scope – Either just your scope or anything you want to paint together, such as scope rings, etc. Make sure everything is disassembled properly and covered properly so that I can paint each part individually and protect parts that need to be protected. A couple colors of spray paint – Most of the time we’re going for a camouflaged paint job for the sake of camouflage.
  • Blue painters tape is an adhesive tape that is used to cover up something that needs to be protected. Scotch tape works as well. Be careful when using this tape because if it gets wet, it may come apart. Use lenses, knobs, and other things that need to be moved during operation. Label everything that needs to be protected before painting.
  • Tissues are used as an extra layer of protection when using a telescope. A knife is used to cut out small pieces of tape or trim close to the scope without damage.
  • Patterning object is a leaf.

How To Paint A Rifle Scope?

There are many ways to paint a scope. You could use a permanent paint job, a GunSkins gun scope wrap, or even a temporary spray-on scope cover.

Scope paint is the most inexpensive option for your rifle. It is also very easy to apply. You can choose from a wide selection of colors and patterns.

Note: If you want to know the complete guide, Tutorial, and tips about scopes click HERE.

Prepare Your Scope

Cleaning your scope before painting is very important! You need to make sure there are absolutely no oils or residue on the scope body that could affect the bonding of the finish.

Tape Off

Once the scope is cleaned, you should protect your lens with tissue paper. You should also make sure to cover everything else that needs to be painted. If you’re using spray paint, take care to avoid getting paint on the inside of the scope. When painting, use a brush, roller, or sponge to apply the paint evenly. Be careful not to let the paint drip onto areas you don’t want to be painted. Try to keep the paint out of the adjustment knobs and numbers.

Base Coat 

Choose a good base color, such as earth green or tan, and coat the scope evenly by spraying while moving your arm. Make sure you get an even coat before applying the next colors and let the base coat dry completely before applying the next colors (this may take several hours).


Set your scope with a contrasting color. Spray paint with a secondary color. Re-position several times to make the colors more distinct. Repeat until you’re satisfied with the results.


All of the tools should be cleaned before you start using them again. Don’t forget to wipe off any fingerprints or dust.

Note: If you want to know Where to Mount a Scope on a Rifle click HERE.

What is Cerakote?

Cerakote is a type of paint that protects your rifle scopes from scratches. Cerakote is made up of ceramic particles, and it’s used as a protective coating for your rifle scopes. You can buy a rifle scope that has already been coated with Cerakote, or you can coat your own rifle scope by using Cerakote.

Cerakote protects your gun from rust, keeps it clean, and makes it look awesome!

There are many different types of Cerakote available. Cerakote can be applied to rifles, handguns, shotguns, and even knives.

You can choose from a variety of colors including black, blue, green, gray, orange, pink, red, silver, tan, white, yellow, and more. Cerakote can also come in matte or glossy finishes.

Can you use Cerakote on rifle optics?

Kerasotes are ceramic coatings applied to metal surfaces. Cerakotes are used to protect metal parts from corrosion and wear. Cerakotes are air-cured and do not require baking. Air curing takes less time than oven curing. Cerakote C-Series does not need to be oven cured. Cerakote C Series is air-dried for about 10 days.

Scope owners should take care when applying Cerakote to scopes. You need to do some work to get the scope ready for Cerakote.

Don’t blast your scope with heat for too long. Heat can damage your scope.

Note: If you want to know How Much Should You Spend on a Rifle Scope click HERE.

How to Paint a Rifle Scope

How to Paint a Rifle Scope?

How do you Prep a Scope for Cerakote?

Disassembling a gun before cerakoting it is a very important step. You should never use any kind of lubricant when you’re doing this. After you’ve taken everything apart, put the parts back together again. Then coat them with the proper material.

Next, the scope is cleaned. De-greasing can be done using acetone or alcohol. Sanding is used to remove any remaining grease. The scope should be completely dry and grease-free before applying the finish.

For the body of the rifle (the part that holds the barrel), the sanding is done by a machine. However, for the scope, the sanding is made manually. After that, the coating is sprayed on, and it must be thin enough so that it doesn’t block any parts of the scope.

Cerakote is an excellent material for protecting guns. It protects them from scratches, rust, and corrosion. It also makes the guns last longer. Air drying is better than baking because it doesn’t damage the scope.

The parts of the scope that don’t need to get coated should be protected by wrapping them up. This will prevent you from damaging the scope when cleaning it later.

Note: If you want to gain information about How to Mount a Rifle Scope with Perfectly Vertical Crosshairs click HERE.

How durable is Cerakote on hunting scopes?

Cerakote scopes can last up to a couple of years if applied correctly. You should always ask your manufacturer about the proper application method.

Scopes are used for hunting. You need to be careful about how you handle them because they can get damaged if you drop them. Cerakoting your rifle scope makes it more durable than other types of coatings.

Cerakote is a protective coating used to prevent rusting or corrosion. This coating is very thin and is only about 0.001 inches thick. It does not interfere with the movement of the turrets or scope adjustments.

Can you Cerakote any Scope?

You can get almost any scope, rifle, or shotgun coated with Cerakot. The main difference is the price of Cerakot scopes. The basic cost to Cerakot scops is around 80-150 dollars.

Cerakote or Anodize?

Anodized scopes are made by applying an extra layer of protective material over the metal parts of the optic. Cerakote is a coating applied directly onto the metal surfaces of the optic. Both types of coatings provide excellent protection against corrosion and scratches.

Anodized scopes are less expensive than coated ones. Dismantling the scope is optional when coating it but mandatory if anodizing it. Cerakoting is more durable than coating. A lot of people prefer cerakoting overcoating.

Hunting and shooting are an important part of life. Optics are used to help hunters see better. Red dots allow you to aim your gun accurately. Holosights make aiming easier. Riflescopes let you see what you’re shooting at.


Well, now you know how to paint your scope. Don’t forget to have some fun while doing it!

If you want to know more information about scopes click HERE.


  • John Moses

    John is the Editor in Chief here at The Outdoor Stores. His area of expertise ensures that there is no one better to suggest which rifles are most suitable for your hunting experience. He is also available for you to contact him personally to discuss the types of animals you want to hunt and the terrain you will be hunting on. Feel free to read his posts for expert opinion on Rifles, Scopes, Rangefinders, Bonoculars and Monoculars.

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