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If i put paint thinner on my ar15 will it ruin the finish?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Tough Guns, Mar 10, 2011.

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  1. Tough Guns

    Tough Guns Member

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    i wanted to paint the engravings red because i think it would look cool. will paint thinner ruin the finish?
     
  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    Depends upon the finish.

    Why do you need to put paint thinner on the weapon?
     
  3. Tough Guns

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    its model paint, i want to put it on the fire button, but dont wanna ruin the finish. will it be good?
     
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    You'll have to check with the manufacturer to be sure what the finish is or use the old refinisher trick of dabbing a bit on a hidden part, saaayyyy the inside of weapon or mag well or...
     
  5. chris in va

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    Use a crayon instead.
     
  6. W L Johnson

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    That's what I use, and it holds up surprisingly well.
     
  7. AK103K

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    A wet patch of Gun Scrubber or Hoppes will remove the model paint. Wont hurt the gun. I do it all the time.
     
  8. gym

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    crayons work, I did two guns 3 months ago, and they still look good. Plus if you don't like the color just use a toothbrush and take off the old wax and put on a new color. I first saw this on u tube, and thought it would come right off. Still on and gun is holstered every day. I like white or gold. Try it, it's cheap enough that it doesn't really matter.
     
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    Normal naphtha paint thinner as used with Testers model paint should have no effect on any modern firearms finish.

    Only a really strong solvent like acetone, or fingernail polish remover might remove some cheap paint finishes used by low-budget manufactures.

    Most AR-15's are hard anodized aluminum and no solvent will harm it.

    rc
     
  10. makarovnik

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    Paint thinner should not remove paint. I use it all the time on my car and guns without paint coming off. Now brake cleaner and bore cleaner is a different story.
     
  11. Owen Sparks

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    It will not hurt the regular factory finish. I did the same thing to mine. Paint in the engraving as close as you can with Testors model paint, let it dry then put the paint thinner on a rag, (not the gun) and wipe away the excess. I tried red paint at first but it was so hard to see that I cleaned it all off and applied white. BTW, you can speed up the drying process with a hair dryer just don't get it so hot that the paint bubbles. Take your time and do it right.
     
  12. DougW

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    Use model paint, then use CLP to gently wipe down the excess. Don't push too hard, and the paint will stay in the engraving, and wipe off the surface.
     
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