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 Painting AR furniture???
triburst1  [Team Member]
8/13/2006 9:17:44 PM
I am considering painting the furniture on my recently completed CMT/CMMG build. I would have just bought OD furniture, but evidently no one makes milspec sized M4 stocks in anything but black. I only want to do the stock body, handgaurds, and pistol grip. I'm looking for tips, tricks, and advice. Do I need Duracoat or will Krylon do the job? I would like to do a color somewhere between OD and Coyote, similar to the "green" GLOCK frames. Does anyone make a similar color or would it have to be mixed?
Stickman  [Dealer]
8/14/2006 2:41:38 PM
Krylon will work, though I would heavily recommend you spray on numerous LIGHT coats of whatever you end up using. Duracoat seems to have issues with colors matching, so you may want to find people who have used the colors you are considering before you purchase them. Norrells works well, and holds up better, but does require a thermal cure. I'll see if I can dig up some pictures that will show the OD Green decently.
PBIR  [Team Member]
8/14/2006 2:49:10 PM
I just used krylon. Worked great for me.

feraldan  [Team Member]
8/24/2006 6:52:54 PM

Originally Posted By Stickman:
Krylon will work, though I would heavily recommend you spray on numerous LIGHT coats of whatever you end up using. Duracoat seems to have issues with colors matching, so you may want to find people who have used the colors you are considering before you purchase them. Norrells works well, and holds up better, but does require a thermal cure. I'll see if I can dig up some pictures that will show the OD Green decently.


Please. I was considering using Norrells in OD for my furniture.

Do you need to sand your furniture or anything prior to coating it?

Should you bake it at a lower temp?
Stickman  [Dealer]
8/25/2006 12:15:59 AM

Originally Posted By feraldan:

Please. I was considering using Norrells in OD for my furniture.

Do you need to sand your furniture or anything prior to coating it?

Should you bake it at a lower temp?


Norrells AR15 refinishing guide

There are a few pictures is there, as well as a boat load of info.

Clean, degrease, warm the surface, and spray light coats. Its that simple. Curing can be done by lowering the temp to 250, and increasing the time to 90 minutes.

If you are doing something like a stock that contains metal parts (Magpul M93), be warned that the metal portions take heat differently, and act as a heat sink. This can damage the plastic.

Regular A2 stocks, carbine stocks, pistol grips, or handguards are all items that I have done with Norrells. I've been quite impressed with the results.

The colors are a bit off in the picture, but it gives you a rough idea.

feraldan  [Team Member]
8/25/2006 8:29:34 AM
Looks good man, thanks.

I've done plenty of rifles in Norrells before but never any plastic or polymer parts. If it holds up, I'll definitely do some experimenting.
CajunMojo  [Team Member]
8/28/2006 4:28:05 PM
I recently Bubba'd a CETME and painted some green HK hanguards and stock black, simply because I had 3 or 4 sets of green laying around. I used Krylon Fusion (the stuff designed to paint plastic).

It looked decent but the first time out some of the paint rubbed off of the stock (where my cheek weld would be). Hot day sweating a lot. The forearm held up fine. And the buttplate took some good whacks to beat it on because the Hk endplate is so tight. That rubbed off some paint as well.

Here's the before and I'll try to get a pic of the stock where the paint rubbed off.


I have to go outside to take pics, my camera sucks and I'm no Stickman ok
Stickman  [Dealer]
8/29/2006 12:40:46 AM
When Krylon Fusion first came out, I used it on some different items. It sucked on everything, and it made me sad.

Use Krylon Fusion if you want to be sad.







Seriously, it was not impressive.
CajunMojo  [Team Member]
8/29/2006 1:22:29 PM

Originally Posted By Stickman:
When Krylon Fusion first came out, I used it on some different items. It sucked on everything, and it made me sad.

Use Krylon Fusion if you want to be sad.

Seriously, it was not impressive.


Do you think regular spraypaint will work on these. I've got a few more handguards/buttplates, I may have another go at it.
Special_k  [Team Member]
9/7/2006 5:18:06 AM
If I was to use Krylon, whch Krylon products should I use?
UNIT6639  [Member]
9/7/2006 5:31:42 AM
I used regular flat black cheap spray paint I found at the dollar store. I used it on the HG and the pistol grip. Some areas started to come off on the HG after firing, I just touched it up.

The pistol grip constantly flaked off due to handling, I ended up just getting a new PG in the color I wanted!
Noxspector  [Team Member]
9/8/2006 3:33:07 AM
What abot Brownell's Aluma Hide II? I'm considering it for an AR A2 stock and plastic AK stocks.

PBIR  [Team Member]
9/8/2006 9:48:04 PM

Originally Posted By Special_k:
If I was to use Krylon, whch Krylon products should I use?


I use their camouflage paints.
bjwar10  [Member]
9/8/2006 10:17:02 PM

Originally Posted By PBIR:

Originally Posted By Special_k:
If I was to use Krylon, whch Krylon products should I use?


I use their camouflage paints.


Norrell's tan base with Krylon OD, Brown and Khaki for camo.



Stickman  [Dealer]
9/9/2006 10:46:04 PM

Originally Posted By PBIR:

Originally Posted By Special_k:
If I was to use Krylon, whch Krylon products should I use?


I use their camouflage paints.




I do as well.