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Painting a semi automatic military configuration sporting rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by stubbicatt, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    Guys. Been thinking I may wish to have a black rifle painted a sort of earth color, and trying to find someone who has experience in this to do a good job. I could get a buzzbomb from Wally World or something, but I was anticipating something perhaps a little more durable.


  2. helotaxi

    helotaxi Well-Known Member

    Amelon coatings will color it whatever color you like. If you're more the DIY type, Duracoat and several other spray-on, bake-on finishes are available from Brownell's and are tough as all get out if correctly applied.
  3. HorseSoldier

    HorseSoldier Well-Known Member

    I've always had good luck with the Krylon rattle-can approach -- not especially durable, but touch ups are cheap and easy, and you can easily tweak your paint scheme to match the season or a new environment.
  4. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member


    I use Aluma-hyde rattle cans from Brownells. It's fairly easy to use and is air dry. The hard part is waiting for it to air dry. It takes about ten days plus. You get Duracoat results for much less cash outlay or baking.
  5. langloisandy

    langloisandy Well-Known Member

  6. Rush_Fan

    Rush_Fan Well-Known Member

    My Krylon attempt


    I started with tan base coat, then used home-made stencils cut out of construction paper for the camo look in green and brown.
  7. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    I used the Krylon Fusion on my SU16C a couple of years ago and it is holding up just fine, of course it is made for plastic painting.


  8. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    Duracoating isn't that tough. You can get a HVLP gun kit from Harbor freight for less than $50, and an air compressor is a handy thing to have around anyway. Just sayin'.
  9. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    Now thats a politically correct sentence for assault rifle!!:D
  10. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member


    Hardly politically correct, just an accurate use of words.

    Thanks guys for the input.

    I wonder how to keep the serial number from being obscured by paint. I think perhaps a strip of masking tape.
  11. HorseSoldier

    HorseSoldier Well-Known Member

    +1. I use masking tape for serial numbers and anything else I don't want the paint getting on, and then spray it on.
  12. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    Do you suppose that this will reduce the value of the rifle for resale?

  13. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    It does to me. It certainly doesn't enhance the value. But I don't sell guns, so I don't usually think about it.
  14. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish Well-Known Member

    A Krylon job, almost surely.

    Something like a professional Duracoat or Cerakote job would likely increase the value.
  15. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Not a fan of paint jobs either. To me, Duracoat and the like are even less desirable because they are harder to remove than Krylon.

    If you ever decide to sell a painted rifle you are automatically narrowing the pool of interested buyers to those who happen to share your taste in customization or are at least indifferent to it. It is your property, but just keep this in mind.
  16. Stealth01

    Stealth01 Well-Known Member

    Hydrographics as an alternative...?

  17. helotaxi

    helotaxi Well-Known Member

    Unless you're just drowning the thing in overly thick paint, it isn't an issue.
  18. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    The thing about anything CUSTOM on any item, is that it was custom for YOU. No one else is going to like it more than YOU are.

    I have a Para 1911 commemorative with markings for my unit and deployment. It is meaningful to ME. To anyone else, it's just a wide-frame 1911 from a manufacturer who apparently hasn't figured out how to install an ambidextrous safety yet. I wouldn't expect to put it up for sale and have anyone pay me more because it's a special model.
  19. -v-

    -v- Well-Known Member

    Maybe its just me, but I rather like how Krylon coatings begin to wear off in places after a while. A flat eart/green/whatever finish on a black rifle soon begins to grow its own cammo pattern.
  20. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    One of these days I'm going to have to get these guys to coat a rifle of mine in ALPENFLAGE:


    They've got all kinds of crazy options.

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