Back before matte finished and camo guns were common, taping up my gun in the spring was an important pre-turkey season ritual, as was holding my breath after the season as I peeled the tape off, wondering if anything had happened to the blued steel underneath. If you hunted in a downpour and didn’t pull off the tape and wipe the gun down right away it would be spotted with rust.
Now there is a better way. Mossy Oak Graphics sells a kit containing a version of its vinyl truck cladding cut for covering one pump or semiauto shotgun. It’s waterproof and, if you follow the instructions, it’s safe to leave on your gun for as long as you want without fear of rust. You trim the pre-cut pieces to shape, then fix them on with a hairdryer, which shrinks the material on for a tight fit. The gun doesn’t quite look dipped but you can make out the checkering pattern beneath the cladding. It looks good.
These are before and after pictures of my own 870 Express, a gun with a metal finish that rusts if you so much as breathe on it. You might agree that the camo version looks better. $24.95 per one gun kit at Mossyoakgraphics.com