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Anyone else tried to rattle can your AR?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Mike .45, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Mike .45

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    So has anyone else given it a try? Let's see some pics. I tried these two today. I really like how the rifle turned out. I'm about 95% sure I am going to repaint the pistol this week though.

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    Kind of crappy pics but it's an old phone. the tan color isn't so white in person.
     
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    I did, but can’t find the photos right now.
    I wouldn’t do it again if I wanted the coating to last. Cleaning solvents and oils eat away at it and it looks pretty ratty after a while.
     
  4. bearcreek

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    Yeah, I wouldn't do it either if the goal is for the gun to maintain a certain finish. I spray paint my guns so they're harder to see. Don't even use a pattern other than maybe a couple leaves or blades of grass. When it wears off, I just spray it again.
     
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  5. Mot45acp

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    Not an AR but rattle can special. Savage 10 FCP-SR
     

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  6. jonnyc

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    I did a leafy-brown job on an AR. Pretty pleased with the outcome.
     
  7. AK103K

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    Did these awhile back....

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  8. Walkalong

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    Wow...
     
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  9. Walkalong

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    I agree, rifle looks great, pistol kind of meh... not bad, just not as cool. :)
     
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    I have a cheap eBay handguard I'd like deburr and recoat. I've been eyeballing rattle can jobs, but like Pat riot says, I'm concerned about the finish looking ratty fast. Pity cerakote is so blasted expensive. Maybe I can do something with alumahyde
     
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  11. Bfh_auto

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    You can paint it any color you want, but it is still a black rifle on the inside
     
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  12. Olon

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    I've tried it and the paint flaked off bad. Should've primed first.
     
  13. Mike .45

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    AK103K. Those look great. I was eyeballing my Norinco MAK90 and then reconsidered. It's my only AK and I have had it since 93.
     
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  14. bearcreek

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    Assuming you were using the right paint, like Rustoleum or Krylon, that probably had more to do with not cleaning the oil off the gun first than a need for priming. I've never seen anybody prime a rifle before painting. Just clean the oil off, tape up optics and sights and spray it down.
     
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  15. AK103K

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    The paint job actually gets better with age, use, and wear. "Ratty" isnt necessarily a bad thing either. If it really bothers you, its usually easily touched up.

    I have used Aluma Hyde II on a number of guns and a few other things. It works well "IF" you follow the directions "EXACTLY". Whatever you paint, you need to put it somewhere safe for a couple of weeks, and not touch it. You also have to be very anal about prep.

    When done right, it works great. It also isnt coming off short of a bead blast.

    Prep is probably more important than the paint you use. If you don't degrease well, its not going to stick well.

    I picked up the paint habit from my dad back in the 60's. He used to paint some of the guns he hunted with.

    Up until about 10 years or so ago, all I ever used was Testors "Military Flats". They were readily available at most model/hobby shops (for those who remember them), and they had pretty much any color you might need to match most patterns. They hold up well too.

    These days, they arent as easy to find, and its much harder if you cant take the pattern along and try and match up the colors. I now use a mix of Testors I still have or at least know what to get, and Krylon "flats".

    I prefer the paints I can remove completely, or as close as possible, and those two will come off with Hopes and Gun Scrubber and some work.

    Watch the Kylon Fusion paints, as they are supposed to bond with plastics, and Im not sure if they will come off or not. If youre worried about it.

    Brownells has a number of videos on painting things. Most of them are aimed at the Aluma Hyde II paints, or were last I looked (its been a while), but the techniques work with most paints as well.
     
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  16. GunnyUSMC

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    The key is to use good paint and let the base coat dry for a day or two.
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  17. Mike .45

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    I had to repaint the pistol. I used to same method as the rifle but made sure not to combine the light green and tan colors because that's what causes the light color.

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  18. Shane in MT

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    I've done a few of them. Krylon or Rustoleum.

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  19. Mike .45

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    Those look Great!
     
  20. Shane in MT

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    I've got a pistol similar to yours (Mike .45), but haven't painted it yet. Lots of fun to shoot.

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  21. Mike .45

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    Looks Good!!!

    Mine really looked like that before I painted it.
     
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  22. straightShot

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    Wow! I think that I’ll paint one! I usually just do my hunting treestands and climbing sticks.
     
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