paint a stainless bbl


March 23, 2010, 03:07 PM
Wondering if I could paint my stainless barrel black, to make it less easy to spot. Is there a certain kind of paint that is used for this?

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March 23, 2010, 03:17 PM
Duracoat would work really well I'd bet. Any kind of gun-specific paint should hold up nicely, though there are probably other non-gun paints that sell cheaper and are the same substance, I'm not much of a paint expert.

March 23, 2010, 03:35 PM
Good luck with that! My Brother painted his ML barrel with grill paint, didn't last to long. Certain gun finishes may hold up better, but not paint.:)

Edit.... My Brother paints million dollar jets for a living, and knows how to make it stick. Just not to SS:D

March 23, 2010, 03:40 PM
I've had a little luck painting blued / parkerized milsurp stuff by cleaning thoroughly with denatured alcohol, spraying on a light coat of Krylon auto primer (it used to be available in matte black, but I had to order the stuff), and finishing with Krylon low-gloss textured outdoor paint.

A friend has used Brownell's bake-on stuff before, and it seemed to hold up really well.

I've also seen guys have stripped actions and barrels powder coated (This is the most durable "applied" finish I've seen on a gun).


March 23, 2010, 07:01 PM
GUN-KOTE 2400 from KG Coatings or the same stuff from Brownells is the way to go IF you have access to an oven and possibly a grit blasting cabinet. I've painted a barrel/action and a bunch of small pieces with very good results.


Uncle Mike
March 23, 2010, 07:17 PM
KG is great...Birdsong is the best, BUT you cannot do the Bird yourself, it is a proprietary polymer type coating that Birdsong must apply.

Depending on your cost factor, the best do it yourself stuff will be the Brownells baking type coatings followed by the Brownells air cure or Dura Coat offerings.

You will need to glass bead (Abrasive blast) your barrel and ensure all oil and other contaminates are removed.

If you have the coin, check into the Birdsong Coatings, I have many firearms done with this stuff, can't say enough good about it! The military machine uses this stuff also on 99% of their socom and other special unit firearms and items.
The Navy has had items submerged in excess of 7000 hours in salt water with no degradation of the finish or component!

March 23, 2010, 07:27 PM
high temp paint won't smolder off as readily as plain vanilla Krylon, if it is semi or fully. degrease completely before spraying. if the bbl is finished smooth/shiny, you'll likely need to hit it with fine grit scotchbrite. as should be obvious, this is a permanent mod, where as just painting it again is reversible.


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