'Color Filled' AR Lower engravings


Erik M
December 17, 2009, 12:34 AM
has anyone done this to thier EBR? I saw quite a few on a local forum. I was told that they used colored grease pencil's or testors model paint. Ive used grease pencils back when I worked for a construction contractor, and seems to me like it would smudge right off the rifle. Anyone have any do-it-yourself expericne with this modification?

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December 17, 2009, 01:16 AM
I think it is grease pencil or crayon or something like that. You fill in the low areas and then just wipe it off the rest.

December 17, 2009, 03:50 AM
testor's model paint is much better for a more "permanent" finish

December 17, 2009, 04:18 AM
Lacquer Sticks, it's easy. I have also done it with Crayons.


December 17, 2009, 07:31 AM
Crayola crayons, my friend. Buy the 24 pack, you'll want the color diversity.

Just don't put it on anything that gets hot.

December 17, 2009, 07:52 AM
I use crayola crayons. Easy to apply, lasts a long time, and when you're sick of it, easily removed.

December 17, 2009, 08:49 AM
On another forum a guy used a white sharpie. Wipe off the excess with a bore cleaner and a q-tip.

December 17, 2009, 09:21 AM
I used Testors model paint

Uncle Mike
December 17, 2009, 10:11 AM
Cover Girl nail polish...... lol hehehehehe

Whats happened to the world...? lol

December 17, 2009, 10:20 AM
i know that a "paint stick" is used for the markings on military mechanical sights, and then a layer of sealant is placed over that.

December 17, 2009, 10:29 AM
When I was looking into it this is what I found to use: Lacquer Stik http://www.micro-tools.com/store/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=L51122

Haven't done it yet though.

December 17, 2009, 11:54 AM
cavman has it right.

Brownells has the Lacquer Stik as well but it is a lot more expensive than cavman's link.


I've never used it either, just posting the information.

Guns and more
December 17, 2009, 12:50 PM
Just add "AUTO" on the third side and watch the looks you'll get.

Erik M
December 17, 2009, 02:19 PM
Just add "AUTO" on the third side and watch the looks you'll get.
to bad it would only be an imaginary happy switch. I think I will give the crayola's a go, then move on to the paint/lacquer if I dont like the results. One guy at work suggested "sidewalk chalk".

December 17, 2009, 02:24 PM
finger nail polish works great. If you want to take it off use acetone.

December 17, 2009, 03:11 PM
I just bought my kid a pack of crayola crayons last night. Looks like daddy might need the red and white when he gets home from work.

December 17, 2009, 04:11 PM
Color the SAFE text in red (stop) and the FIRE text in green (go).:D

December 17, 2009, 04:20 PM
may sound stupid but what method do you use in applying the crayon,wax....etc... just run it over the engraving, then scrub it off or actually do it in fine detail with little excess? seems like the crayons and wax pens would make a mess... finger nail polish would seem less messy as it (seemingly) could easier be applied in the depth of the engraving.

December 17, 2009, 04:31 PM
I've done this to a lot of my guns. Pretty simple:

You will need a lighter or some source of heat, crayons of your choice, some paper or business cards, a couple patches (the gun cleaning kind), and some remoil or similar.

Slightly heat the area you want to color. Remember you're melting wax, not steel, don't go overboard. Start coloring the letters..hard. Fill the depression entirely with wax. Sometimes it helps to do some, let it cool a little, do some more; you'll get a feel for it. You can also heat the edge of the crayon a little or melt the big blob of wax you make into a puddle that will run into the letters.

Go in all directions and use good light to make sure you fill it up. Grab your business card and run the flat edge along the are you just colored in a scraping motion, taking off some of the excess.

Now let it cool for a while. Use the business card again and rub the area colored briskly. The heat generated will melt the excess wax and transfer it to the business card.

Do a final exam with a good light to make sure you got everything. Put a little oil on the patch and wrap it around your finger. LIGHTLY rub the colored area until the last of the extra wax residue comes off.



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