I recently picked up an AK 74 and received a few mags with the rifle. I noticed on a few that had scratches that the mags were orginally Plum colored and painted black.
What is the best way to remove the old paint off the mags without damaging the it?
It really depends on the kind of paint used. Some are more solvent-resistant than others.
Try mineral spirits and a nylon toothbrush.
Be careful using stuff like brake cleaner, paint stripper, and acetone as they can melt certain plastics. I'm not sure if they'll hurt your mags though.
Citristrip works great just don't buy the cans get the stuff you brush on. http://citristrip.com/
I like using Orange De-Solv-It frist and see. after that Saftey Solvent and last Paint thinner...Acetone and Lacquer thinner will melt or soften most plastics so be carefull...
Thank you gentlemen for the info. Will try it out!
Another plus 1 for Citristrip. The stuff is amazing. I used it for this exact thing on painted plum magazines.
If you want the story those are RUSSIAN plum magazines with the markings sanded off and painted black so the Bulgarians could use them. Why they had to do this I don't know, but this is what was done. On some of them, once you strip them down you can even make out the original marks where whoever was sanding the markings off got lazy.