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help me with an abused ar-15

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Mooseman, May 7, 2011.

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  1. Mooseman

    Mooseman Member

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    I was just given an ar-15 on long term loan. My friend, the owner, had originally painted it in desert camo. He was going to try and sell it and figured it would be easier if it was the original black color. A solvent of some sort was used which didn't remove the paint but turned it into a gooey mess. There's now paint all over the place and it looks horrible. I want to try and remove the paint as gently as possible from all surfaces. I was thinking of using a mild solvent bath of some sort. Any ideas?

    I really don't want to disassemble the rifle or replace the furniture if at all possible. I also don't want to spend much money on this as it's not going to be mine forever. I could just concentrate on cleaning out the action but looking at this thing makes my soul hurt.

    On the plus side I have plenty of time.
     
  2. LeonCarr

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    WD-40 and a toothbrush. Mild solvent and the toothbrush for the nooks and crannies.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  3. JDMorris

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    Yep, a toothbrush, WD40, a few tooth picks for the really tight spots, and some Hoppes, don't be scared to take it apart, they aren't extremely complex rifles.
     
  4. TonyAngel

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    What kind of paint did he use? Was it paint or something like Duracoat? Have you tried an actual paint stripper? Mineral spirits, Acetone or MEK should do it, if it was just plain paint. If it was Duracoat, use a paint stripper that works on epoxy based paints and be prepared to apply liberal doses of elbow grease.
     
  5. Mooseman

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    I'm not sure what kind of paint was used. I'm pretty sure it's not durakote though. I haven't tried anything yet as I've only had this rifle for a couple of days. I'm going to try some wd-40 tomorrow if i have the time and go from there.
     
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    I've used CitriStrip successfully for this sort of thing, did an entire batch of AK74 mags that had been painted black. Took off all the paint easily but was gentle enough to leave the old ink stamps that had been under the paint.
     
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    Ive seen that the powder blast gun cleaner that comes in a spray can DESTROY paint before... if nothing else it seems to be good for cleaning out actions and what not, maybe its worth a shot to make sure the insides are squeaky clean?
     
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    Pics please!
     
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    If all else fails, aircraft stripper. Available at most any autoparts store, it will quickly turn the paint into a gell and then a focused jet of water will pry it out from all the nooks. Repeat as neccessary.
     
  10. Mooseman

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    Sorry Bri, I don't have a good way of taking pics. Hopefully this coming weekend I'll have a chance to try some stuff. I'll go from less to more aggressive and let you folks know what worked.
     
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    The AR15 is one of the eaisest guns around to strip down into parts. It would be eaiser if you took it apart and worked on it. The other issue is you don't want the old paint and solvents in the gun.
     
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    watch what kind of stripper you use. some like berrymans will eat that plastic stock for luch but it will work great on metal. try some carb cleaner on the steel and aluminum parts.
     
  13. Mudinyeri

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    I was thinking about this. If the solvent "melted" the stock, grips, etc. you may not be able to get the paint off with a stripper.

    Most of the guys that I know that "paint" guns bead blast them for prep. You might need to pick up a bead blasting setup or have it blasted somewhere.
     
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    A brief disclaimer: I work for the company. I'm not in sales. I label the bottles.

    I've used Whip-It! to get rust off of several knives and firearms. I've seen it take black spray paint off of several surfaces, including carpet.

    I'll supply more info to anyone interested, don't want to make this look like an advertisement
     
  15. DougW

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    I was thinking Mineral Spirits and a tooth brush. Going to be a lot of work, but what else you got going these days?
     
  16. OhioChief

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    Oh tear it down. There's no mystery to it. And you'll learn a lot and get it much cleaner than before. Google AR15 build instructions and you'll find a 100 different video or paper instructions on how to put it back together. And you can buy a bag of replacement parts for 30 bucks, with enough pins and springs to easily cover the couple you'll shoot across the room doing it. Really, if you're going to that much work, just take it apart. At least the lower.
     
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