If i put paint thinner on my ar15 will it ruin the finish?


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Tough Guns
March 10, 2011, 01:29 AM
i wanted to paint the engravings red because i think it would look cool. will paint thinner ruin the finish?

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hso
March 10, 2011, 01:38 AM
Depends upon the finish.

Why do you need to put paint thinner on the weapon?

Tough Guns
March 10, 2011, 01:39 AM
its model paint, i want to put it on the fire button, but dont wanna ruin the finish. will it be good?

hso
March 10, 2011, 01:45 AM
You'll have to check with the manufacturer to be sure what the finish is or use the old refinisher trick of dabbing a bit on a hidden part, saaayyyy the inside of weapon or mag well or...

chris in va
March 10, 2011, 03:08 AM
Use a crayon instead.

W L Johnson
March 10, 2011, 08:19 AM
Use a crayon instead.
That's what I use, and it holds up surprisingly well.

AK103K
March 10, 2011, 11:03 AM
A wet patch of Gun Scrubber or Hoppes will remove the model paint. Wont hurt the gun. I do it all the time.

gym
March 10, 2011, 12:25 PM
crayons work, I did two guns 3 months ago, and they still look good. Plus if you don't like the color just use a toothbrush and take off the old wax and put on a new color. I first saw this on u tube, and thought it would come right off. Still on and gun is holstered every day. I like white or gold. Try it, it's cheap enough that it doesn't really matter.

rcmodel
March 10, 2011, 12:30 PM
Normal naphtha paint thinner as used with Testers model paint should have no effect on any modern firearms finish.

Only a really strong solvent like acetone, or fingernail polish remover might remove some cheap paint finishes used by low-budget manufactures.

Most AR-15's are hard anodized aluminum and no solvent will harm it.

rc

makarovnik
March 10, 2011, 05:02 PM
Paint thinner should not remove paint. I use it all the time on my car and guns without paint coming off. Now brake cleaner and bore cleaner is a different story.

Owen Sparks
March 10, 2011, 05:34 PM
It will not hurt the regular factory finish. I did the same thing to mine. Paint in the engraving as close as you can with Testors model paint, let it dry then put the paint thinner on a rag, (not the gun) and wipe away the excess. I tried red paint at first but it was so hard to see that I cleaned it all off and applied white. BTW, you can speed up the drying process with a hair dryer just don't get it so hot that the paint bubbles. Take your time and do it right.

DougW
March 10, 2011, 09:22 PM
Use model paint, then use CLP to gently wipe down the excess. Don't push too hard, and the paint will stay in the engraving, and wipe off the surface.

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