Cover up that exposed skin! (Painting Guide)
Without a doubt the default black paint of the MK23 helps define it's intimidating, blocky and brutish silhouette that it's famous for! However, for some players, especially the ones doing everything in their power to get closer to nature itself, that silhouette is like a black hole, sucking in all the attention of any opposing players on the field.
So after being sucked in to that blackhole and returning from a respawn, the thought might occur to get that MK23 covered up with some paint or camouflage tape.
Naturally camo tape has the benefit of it not permanently damaging or covering over the black bodywork of your MK23, which for some users is a must. If you're set on camo tape, go wild and cover as much of that MK23 as you please, however if you plan on whipping out the spraycan and taking on that black surface head on, you'll need to prepare appropriately!
Below we have our MK23 as it is out of the box, with the addition of some red outline boxes. The boxes are placed in areas that you will need to cover up before exposing the pistol to paint, this is mainly to ensure that paint particles do not enter through gaps in the pistol frame but it is also to ensure smooth function of key parts of the pistol.
Starting from left to right, the following areas should be covered up, ideally using adhesive painting/masking tape.
1. The suppressor muzzle / threaded muzzle: Cover the hole of the suppressor.
2. The Dust Cover / TDC Cover: Ensure that the edges of the dust cover where the frame and the cover meet are covered with tape. If using a TDC, ensure that the grub screw is also covered.
3. The slide lock / safety: Ensure that the edges of the safety lever where it meets the slide are covered up.
4. The trigger: Ensure that the top of the trigger where it continues in to the assembly of the pistol is covered up.
5. The magazine well: Ensure that the magazine well is covered by stuffing tissue in to the chamber and taping at the edges of the magazine well.
If you intend on also painting the LAM Unit at the same time, cover the front bulbs and side position wheel. It's also recommended that the hammer is in a neutral position.
With these key points covered up, you should be ready to begin your paint job with little fear of any paint particles effecting the performance and function of your weapon. Remember to spray in a well ventilated area! Good luck!