Scratched Gun


March 25, 2011, 02:14 PM
I scratched the finish on an AR15. I have a VTAC sling with metal clasps on it and it rubbed against the gun when it was inside of a gun sock. What is the best way to cover these small scratches in the finish?
I've heard some people say they are a badge of honor, but they bother me a little.

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March 25, 2011, 02:32 PM

Seariosuly, just camo the thing and forget about it. I hate when people get anal about the condition of a AR.

March 25, 2011, 02:34 PM
Or Durabake/Duracoat. And yeah, It's an AR, not a Weatherby or a Dan Wesson. It's meant to be used like a battle rifle.

March 25, 2011, 02:49 PM
What is the best way to cover these small scratches in the finish?
More, larger scratches will take your focus off those small ones.


March 25, 2011, 02:56 PM
Guns are like trucks, they are meant to be used and abused ;-)...

+1 for Kalash (after seeing his video of him cleaning his AK, his comment on this post is funny hahaha)

Friendly, Don't Fire!
March 25, 2011, 02:58 PM
They are not scratches.
They are BEAUTY-MARKS!:)

There IS a difference!

A huge scrape in the nice, shiny wood furniture of a brand-new Weatherby is a SCRATCH.:uhoh::fire:

A mark on your revolver cylinder, from use, is not a scratch, but is also a BEAUTY-MARK!:) Holster-wear of blueing coming off in places are also BEAUTY-MARKS!

A crack in the wood grips of a brand-new S&W pistol is a CRACK and should be dealt with as such by S&W (or any brand, for that matter).:cuss:

Hey, I'll take your VTAC sling if you don't like it, I will even pay the shipping!

March 25, 2011, 03:10 PM
Very funny guys. This is not a bargain bin AR by the way.

March 25, 2011, 03:32 PM
All the better! That means you *really* used it to put the beauty mark in it. 8)

March 25, 2011, 03:34 PM
More, larger scratches will take your focus off those small ones.
Yep. I feel ashamed of an eotech or my AR before it gets any scratches on it. :neener:

See below:

Same with my carry guns. I have a g19 rtf2 that I'm getting rid of this weekend. I'm almost ashamed that it looks pristine. Something about that rtf2 frame finish makes it really resistant to holster wear or scratches. I have another 19 (gen4) that is newer and looks more like a carry gun has a scratch or 5.

This is not a bargain bin AR by the way.So it is a reliable, accurate working rifle I assume? Run it hard, put it away wet. Beauty marks will follow. :neener:

March 25, 2011, 03:37 PM
Very funny guys. This is not a bargain bin AR by the way.

I don't think anybody is trying to be funny. If you use a forearm, it will get scratched and dinged, it all just adds character.

Just One Shot
March 25, 2011, 03:40 PM
Your local gun store should have a touch up marker that will cover it if it's bothering you.

March 25, 2011, 03:42 PM
This is not a bargain bin AR by the way.
No, but it is still an AR. If it were a H&H double rifle then I might get upset. But it is an AR. If it really bothers you that bad you'll have to have the whole thing refinished in order to ensure a proper color match. Or you can spray paint it and use a clear coat to seal it. But it will still scratch.

March 25, 2011, 03:43 PM
It's hard to judge resale value of the scratch without pictures... :rolleyes:

Seriously, rub marks and scuffs happen. I once misjudged the distance to a patch of concrete and scraped the muzzle of a nice, brand new stainless steel match barrel. Didn't hit the crown and it's been like that ever since, nice irregular gouge marks from the first 15-minutes it was at the range. (This is an AR-15 too, and not a "bargain bin" model either.) The receiver has handling marks from my hands and sling, the sight knobs have some splotching where they tried to rust after I turned them with sweaty hands, and the pistol grip and buttstock once turned white where my hand and cheek sat on them during a prone match.

If you use it, marks will come. As long as they're not from abuse, it won't harm anything.

March 25, 2011, 04:00 PM
I feel ashamed of an eotech or my AR before it gets any scratches on it. .. I'm almost ashamed that it looks pristine.
Common, very common. A lot of active shooters would be embarrassed to be seen at the range with a war implement that was in mint condition, shiny and perfect... unless it was brand new.
This is not a bargain bin AR by the way.
My favorite AR is a top tier rifle that I have well over $2K into. I have no reason to treat it the same way I'd treat a mint Python of the same value. It is going to be used the way it was designed to be used... hard.

It's like seeing one of those trust fund kids with his shiny 4x4, lifted high with huge tires on it, that he keeps waxed and clean. If he never takes that thing off the pavement, I don't get it. I'm not calling him a fool, and more power to him, I'm just not at all afraid to get my tools dirty.

That last comment was in no way
meant to be an insult to anyone
who is categorized as youthful or
from wealthy lineage. Trust funds
are cool. I wish I had one. I'd
probably have a monster truck
that never saw a dirt road also.

March 25, 2011, 06:38 PM
Its not a real battle rifle until you dawn some ranger panties and throw it off a roof.

Glocks deserve extra attention! I hate new glocks, they look ugly without a couple 9mm dents.

March 25, 2011, 06:52 PM
I have scratches on a 3K plus 1911. Still shoots the same.

March 25, 2011, 07:26 PM
It sounds like I'll have to live with a few scratches. I've had this thing for 2 years and I still want to keep it pristine for some reason. I guess it's because I paid so much for it.

March 25, 2011, 08:02 PM
Unless the gun is collectible or rare in some way I wouldn't worry about scratches.

I have an HK-93 that was made in 1980 on layaway right now and it is absolutely pristine and I definitely want to keep it that way because it's such a rare and collectible gun. I'll still shoot it but I don't want it to get scratched up so I'll handle it with care.

My AR is neither rare or collectible so I have no issue playing rough with it.:D

March 25, 2011, 08:25 PM
The first one is the hardest, but it gets easier. I seem to go through the same thing with every new gun I purchase...

Like your name by the way.

justin 561
March 25, 2011, 08:48 PM
Shoot it till it breaks, then fix the part and shoot it some more. I like the character it gives a gun, makes it look like its been treated how a gun is spose too.

I too also like your name.

-HL (2008), CS (2009), DoD (2000) player :cool:

Ignition Override
March 25, 2011, 09:04 PM
You should see the dents in the dull stock of my Service Grade Garand.

Although the metal components are nice (built in '55), it would not seem like a battle rifle if it looked perfect enough to be on the cover of "Glamour" magazine. The same goes for the scratches/scrapes on my Enfields' metal and wooden parts.

Many of those rifles which appear pristine are seldom, if ever used.
My friend's Colt AR is such a near-mint example: twenty years old, but almost never leaves his closet, and don't know why he still has it.
Sold him 500 rds. of Wolf ammo for $80 five months ago and none of it (or any other) been used.

March 25, 2011, 09:21 PM
About 40 years ago I was a furniture delivery man. Never left the house without a black and brown crayon in my pocket. The black one works on AR's too. Joe

March 25, 2011, 09:22 PM
OK, so you've about figured out that nobody cares about your scratches, except me. I have 6 AR"s that run from beaters to "Space Guns". If one gets a scratch I can't live with, I get some flat black spray paint, spray some in the lid, and use a toothpick to apply it to the scratch, when it gets almost dry buff carefully with a cloth and feather it in. then let it dry, drink a couple of your favorite adult beverage, and all will be well.

March 25, 2011, 10:06 PM
Thanks for all the replies. I think I saw a gun touch up marker at walmart one time. I may also try the crayon advice and the spray paint advice.

March 25, 2011, 11:26 PM
Try the Rust-Oleum stove paint (for wood stoves). It matches the factory parkerizing pretty closely (I've used it on converted Saigas) and can handle the heat. Spray it on something you don't care about first to make sure it will match close enough but it should be close enough you won't notice unless you get out the reading glasses and get up real close.
The nice thing about that method is since it happened from your sling clasp it'll probably happen again and you can just touch it up as necessary. A can will last you forever for small touch ups.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
March 26, 2011, 06:33 AM
I have the same feeling the OP has when I buy a brand new car or truck. That first ding is the worst, after that, the other dings don't seem to bother me as much. When I was young, I washed my cars nearly daily (even if they were clean). Anymore, I might wash my work truck or wife's car once every six months. Sometimes, when her car is really dirty from driving the unpaved roads, I will keep it out of the garage during some heavy rains. That seems to clean it as good as we need it to get from here to town and back.

Now, if I am going to be driving to California and back, or driving to Alaska, I might want to clean the vehicle up a bit more just so we can see everything out of all the windows!

Ala Dan
March 26, 2011, 07:42 AM
If you use a firearm [which most of us do], its bound to happen sometime~! :eek:

March 26, 2011, 07:56 AM
Birchwood Casey makes a instant touch up pen in flat black and glossy black that works pretty good. But you should see my AR-15 it would take a case of the touch up pens to work on it. Me and the Bushmaster have been through a lot together.

Ole Coot
March 26, 2011, 08:03 AM
I bought my first "plastic" handgun, Glock g23 a few weeks ago and after field stripping to clean and lube before trying it out noticed the obvious hole behind the mag. I looked it up, found I could buy a "slug plug" to stop up the stupid hole. Bought one, installed it and fumbled the pistol dropping it on the floor. It hit on the corner of the grip and broke the new slug plug. I am in the process of repeatedly kicking myself daily. As I don't own any newer firearms with locks, buttons to push, safeties for safeties it just isn't the same as a 1911 or revolvers I carry so back to my older 45s or J frame Smiths.

March 26, 2011, 02:05 PM
That plug is actually a bad idea, they trap powder residue and water inside your frame. If you ever removed one from a gun that has actually been used alot you will see why. Powder residue, water, and dirt will CAKE inside the grip. I dont believe that it will cause any issues with a glock but I dont like the idea of hoarding dirt.

A buddy of mine is real anal about his guns like the OP is, he had one of those butt plugs in his glock for a couple years. When he finally removed it it was NASTY in there.

Now, I am not against the idea of plugging that hole but the butt plug is not the best idea because nobody ever cleans the inside of the frame. I shove a set of those foam ear plugs up in mine, really comes in handy when you forget your ears or want to do some spur of the moment shooting. When I clean it I just toss the ear plugs, wipe it clean, and then throw a new set up there.

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