Removing spray paint finish


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Peakbagger46
February 18, 2009, 12:59 AM
I accquired a custom Remington 700 .308 "sniper rifle" from a co-worker a while back. He used it to compete in military competitions and sold it to me for $700 to fund a SOCOM. He spray painted the barrel and action camo to match the HS precision stock, and now that finish is coming off (it was a tough mulie season for the gun!) What should I use to restore the gun to its stainless finish?

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Lazuris
February 18, 2009, 01:08 AM
If its a 700 police which it sounds like it is w/ the HS stock it comes mate black head to toe from the factory. I'd put a fresh coat of paint on that bad boy and have at it. Its not a hunting gun as its rather heavy to carry in the bush all day. Better to keep it as it is.

Peakbagger46
February 18, 2009, 02:15 AM
Lazruis,
It is not a police model, it is a semi-custom with stainless barrel and action that was spray painted.
It is a WORKOUT to carry in the hills here in western Colorado...

briansmithwins
February 18, 2009, 10:51 AM
Depending on the paint, bead blasting could be the easiest route. Depending on what you're doing another coat of paint may be the path of least resistance.

BSW

Horsemany
February 18, 2009, 11:18 AM
If the barrel and action is stainless it will be easy. Go get a quart of Acetone in the paint section of any hardware/home center store. It will dissolve paint instantly. Saturate a rag and wipe down your barreled action. You will have to immediately oil the gun since Acetone will leave the surface totally devoid of oil. Even stainless I would give a light oiling after Acetone.

Carl N. Brown
February 18, 2009, 11:30 AM
I use the "100% Acetone Nail Polish Remover" from the dollar store for paint removal projects (usually a more convenient size than commercial paint remover unless you do a lot of painting/refinishing.)
Acetone removes spray paint and it softens the shellac used to finish eastern bloc bolt action rifle stocks.

Added: yes, acetone will effectively degrease iron and steel parts and leave them open to refinish (or rust)!!!

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