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Stencil and Paint onto AR buttstocks and receivers?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MatthewVanitas, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Senior Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    Washington DC (!)
    Just ordered a CavArms A1-length buttstock for my semi-retro Dissipator project. Should look like the old experimental Colt 605 when completed, give or take.

    I was thinking about dressing up the stock with some kind of stencil. I've always liked the Armory Inventory numbers seen on old M16 buttstocks, and seen on Iraqi Army AK buttstocks. I was debating adding some to my A1 AR stock, just to make it look a little distinctive.

    Anyone have any advice as to a kind of paint that's good for just stenciling some numbers onto an AR stock? I assume some paints are good for permanent, and some types of paint good for things you might want to remove or re-do later on.

    I think I'd like to go with something that will either me removable, or will rub off over the course of a year. Then I can add something silly like inventory numbers using the Arabic numbers, just for kicks. Or the Armenian numbering system of suchlike.

    Second question: you see all the pics of stenciled lower receivers on AR15.com, usually folks stenciling some symbol or logo on the right side of the magwell. Any advice for semi-temporary paints for doing that? Ideally something that can be removed with a little elbow grease if I ever decide to sell my lower and buy another.

    Thanks for any tips on painting ARs. I checked the Search engine, but most threads dealt with full-surface cammo jobs. Thanks,

  2. noresttill

    noresttill Member

    Dec 29, 2005
    Is the stock like this?


    Is so, going out on a limb here, wouldn't any paint come off with thinner as its a plastic stock? Would that ruin the stock? Latex paint would come off, too.

  3. lawson

    lawson Active Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    Chandler, AZ
    for best results, use a low-pressure spraypaint like Montana or Alien Paint. available at many art supply stores, it's what spraypaint artists use. it puts out less paint than standard spraypaint, so it won't run or drip, and it costs about the same.

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