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Painting An AR

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by M&P15T, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

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    I have painted my AR before, and I think I'm getting ready to do it again. The last time I did it, I tried to paint just the lower, and I wanted it to look factory perfect, as if it came FDE from the factory. I used Krylon's firearms paints, which stayed very soft and seemed to absorb oils, and was never very durable.

    This time I'm interested in just hanging it from some rope/string and painting the entire thing. I just want a paint that is easy to use, flat in finish, and more durable (dries harder). I'm looking for something in a can, not some special type of paint I need a compressor for.

    Any ideas are appreciated. I'm looking at FDE, perhaps with a bit of patterning.
     
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  2. WayaX

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    Brownell's Alumahyde II is the best bet for spray can. The parts can be heated in an oven, or with a heat gun.
     


  3. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

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    I'm looking to just string my AR so it's hanging and spray it. Only covering the glass on my Eotech, M-951XM07, and small bits on the BUISs.

    I'm starting to think that using the Krylon Firearms again paint might be the way to go. I think the last time I did it, I applied the coat(s) too heavy and didn't give the paint enough time to cure before handling it. I think that's why it was a soft finish, and seemed to absorb oils.

    Tossing it into an oven isn't gonna happen.:supergrin:
     
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  4. plouffedaddy

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    ^^the entire gun looked like the bolt carrier before. The Tantal above is Alumahyde II semi-gloss black. The Draco below is flat black Alumahyde II. I did not use a heat gun on anything; just hang up, paint, air dry. I did heat the can before spraying inside my house (with water FWIW).

    The stuff works pretty well in my experience and recommend it over krylon for sure.

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  5. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

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    Well, that's two votes for Alumahyde II.

    I'm afraid to ask, but is it expensive? Will it work on the plastic parts like the stock, grip and the Eotech Battery cover? Where does one get it? I'll be Googling later, gotta finish paper-work at work right now.

    Thanks.

    ETA: O.k., I'm looking at it on-line right now. I don't see any FDE available.

    Damn.
     
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  6. Aluma Hyde II is great stuff, but its pretty much permanent. You pretty much have to bead blast it to get it off if you change your mind later. Ive used it on everything from guns to bicycles, and with good success, when the directions are followed exactly.

    It will stick to plastics, wood, metal, without issue, as long as you prep right. You dont have to heat anything to apply it (a hair dryer is a help while painting though, to "set" it), but you do have to be sure everything is degreased well and you do have to leave whatever it is you paint alone for at least a week while it cures. Brownells has a couple of videos of how to apply it, and they are good to watch for painting in general.

    If you want to be able to remove it later, something like Testors Military Flats, or Krylon are your best bet. Id skip Krylons 'Fusion" on the plastics though. Testors has pretty much any color you need to match a pattern, but Im not sure if they have a FDE specifically.

    This was the last one I did with a mix of Testors and Krylon.....

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    Same gun on its Multicam pattern background...

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  7. plouffedaddy

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    Tough to tell from the above pic but the base color on that AK is Alumahyde Coyote. It's almost identical to Magpul FDE.
     
  8. smokin762

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    Very nice. :thumbsup:
     
  9. Sporaticus

    Sporaticus Aw sheet main

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    Did you see that Brownells carries "Earth Brown"? It's out of stock, but it is out there somewhere.

    I was looking at some reviews and found this: "First of all, this Coyote color actually matches almost exactly with Magpuls Flat Dark Earth Furnature."
     
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  10. LA_357SIG

    LA_357SIG Milspectacular

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    I used Alumahyde II with great success. The cure time is a drawback. I tried Brownells Gun-Kote and so far it holds up well.... if you (mainly the wife) don't mind baking your firearms in the oven.