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Cosmetic damage - how bad is your blaster(s)?
It's like a museum piece
 11%  [ 2 ]
There is some minor cosmetic damage
 66%  [ 12 ]
There is some major cosmetic damage
 5%  [ 1 ]
I haven't bothered to check
 16%  [ 3 ]
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Junior Member

Joined: 23 Jan 2017
Posts: 68
Location: Leicester

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My blaster will be exactly a month old tomorrow, and has already sustained some cosmetic damage - once where it made contact with someone else's blaster, slightly chipping the iron sight on the front, and then last night when I scraped the stock against a wall during the final moments of a game.  The handle was already slightly chipped when I bought it.

I am normally very careful with my things and have been storing the blaster away from where small, curious hands could get hold of it and damage it.

How badly damaged is the paintwork of your blasters?  I assume this is par for the course when charging around the house and something to not care too much about?
Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:44 pm View user's profile Send private message
Foam Data Collector

Joined: 07 May 2013
Posts: 4729
Fav. Blaster: Xtreme 180 Rapidstrike
Location: In the Boonies

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My paint tends not to be damaged very easily. Some of my older unpainted springer have a pleasing level of wear. Old favourites acquire character in use, just like any good tool.

Big_Poppa_Nerf wrote:

Boff whats the damage? I have spent over 3 times my Nerf budget this month already. Part of me is trying to be a responsible parent/husband/house owner. The other half is just says 'Ahhhh, Screw it!'.
Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:47 pm View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Game Organiser

Joined: 31 May 2015
Posts: 966
Fav. Blaster: Demolisher
Location: Leeds, UK

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Cosmetic damage is the sign of a well used blaster, a badge of honour if you will.

I did a candy paintjob for my daughter, with multiple layers, and lots of lacquer, and she's managed to get a few scratches in it. Downside to a cheap lacquer...

But, I don't stress about it!

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Veteran Member

Joined: 23 May 2014
Posts: 284
Location: Blackpool

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I gold leafed a blaster a few months back and by the end of it's first outing at Grim up Nerf it already had some scratches and scrapes. If I wanted it to be pristine, the only option is not to use it.
Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:10 pm View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Nerf Addict

Joined: 28 Dec 2014
Posts: 880
Fav. Blaster: Rapid Red
Location: Edinburgh

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Even the best paint will scratch if you hit it hard enough or on the wrong thing but it should still be pretty durable. Scraping against rough cast walls is always going to test a finish though. (scrape a lump of steel against concrete and it'll scratch never mind paint)

So personally I pretty much have 3 approaches. My #1 springer is just stock plastic- nothing deals with knocks better- if I can leave it plastic I do. Other blasters I plan to really game with don't get first class paint because I can't see much point, it won't stay great, and I don't ever want to feel like "oh better be careful with that blaster" when I'm playing. And things I make really pretty, most likely end up being trailer queens  Laughing But ymmv.

(I drive a scabby car, and as a result I don't mind filling it with tools when I'm trailbuilding, or driving it quick offroad then parking it in a ditch, or leaving it places it might get knocked. If I had my dream car, I'd not be happy to use it like that- so it'd end up less fit for purpose than my denty scratchy filthy mondeo)

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Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:26 pm View user's profile Send private message
Game Organiser

Joined: 02 Jan 2015
Posts: 896
Fav. Blaster: Pretty much anything I can duct tape to my wrist at the moment
Location: Yorkshire

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Most of my mods involve cosmetic damage.

Youtube buffoonery to brighten your day. #hasbrowishtheythoughtofthat
Also, check out Grim Up Nerf's channel!
Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:33 pm View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
The Dealer

Joined: 08 Dec 2012
Posts: 3358
Fav. Blaster: (Modified) Stampede ECS
Location: Bristol, UK

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Cosmetic damage, what cosmetic damage? Very Happy

This is both my Rapidstrike and Stryfe together. The RS doesn't get much use (FA is for newbs :p ) but with the right paint, they're still shining a couple of years later.

I plumped for ON's paint work many, many moons ago because I knew that my stuff would go through the grinder. I play rough and at some of the toughest events (for hardware, not players) in the UK. Between running full tilt through a forest, firing as I go, crawling between camps through fern, diving into cover on and off dirt/rock tracks and sliding down embankments into skirmishes over the course of a weekend my stuff gets put through it all. After each event, it gets a light wipe down with a jay cloth, dried with a towel and it goes back on the wall. This is it after this season's usage. I usually send it to ON for a touch up once a season if it needs it, just to keep it looking nice.

If you ever get the chance to a get an FDS build, grab it with both hands, re-mortgage a kidney, sell a house, whatever just do it. It's worth it.

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Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:51 am View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Junior Member

Joined: 23 Jan 2017
Posts: 68
Location: Leicester

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On Friday I purchased a Rough Cut.

I spent ages looking through all 10 in the shop - 9 of them had imperfections with their construction or paint, but I managed to get one that was perfect.

Until I got home, opened it and found the paint had a chip on the other side :-s
Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:41 pm View user's profile Send private message
Junior Member

Joined: 11 Aug 2014
Posts: 72
Fav. Blaster: Vortex Praxis
Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Most of my blasters are chipped or damaged in some manner, autistic temper tantrums yo.

Hobbies include: Plinking and shitposting on r/Nerf
Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:18 pm View user's profile Send private message
Junior Member

Joined: 13 Jan 2016
Posts: 78
Fav. Blaster: Cyclone shock
Location: UK

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I repaint most of my blasters even if it just looks stock, I use enamel to touch up the paint job from the factory, nothing irks me more than a blaster with deco only on one side and cool details which are base plastic or a wobbly splattered paint job.

In addition I do minor touch ups like adding silver paint to the faux screws and switches. Some of the old elite line had some cool silver details (looking at you longstrike).

As my guns get worn and some horrible base orange/blue shows through I repair it with silver enamel or gun metal grey so if I get a big chip (like on a painted scope I dropped) I clean it up and repair it with silver and black enamel to make it look like battle damage. Gives it a nice worn feeling.

This also is doubly fun as I know which kit is mine and it gives it some history Wink

Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:43 pm View user's profile Send private message
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