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Posted: 2/24/2015 6:07:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/24/2015 7:27:54 PM EDT by chaindrive]
o.k., I knew my arsenal SAM 7R had a painted finish and I've been very careful with it.

what I didn't suspect was that the bolt assembly is also painted.

while cleaning the gun I dropped the bolt in a small tub of hoppe's #9 overnight to soak.

just took it out and guess what? - STICKY FINGERS!

yep, removed the paint. I now have an "in the white" (mostly) bolt.

the owner's clearly states to use CLP, but I figured the internals had a durable metal coating.

just a heads up for 'ya...
Link Posted: 2/24/2015 10:49:30 PM EDT
the good news is....

it's parkerized! Excellent base for yet another paint job!

Probably doesn't look bad though.
Link Posted: 3/6/2015 10:47:54 PM EDT
congrats, your half way to having super smooth action...........now polish the bottom of the bolt, the bottom of your carrier and your receiver rails
Link Posted: 3/7/2015 2:32:54 AM EDT
I've never understood why Arsenal decides on using such crappy paint on $1000+ dollar rifles.
I suppose it's because they can, and we'll gladly continue to buy them.
Link Posted: 3/7/2015 6:53:01 AM EDT
I had mine blasted an blued for 200 dollars by two river arms. Buttery smooth. Mines a slr100h though, close enough.
Link Posted: 3/7/2015 11:53:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By chaindrive:
o.k., I knew my arsenal SAM 7R had a painted finish and I've been very careful with it.

what I didn't suspect was that the bolt assembly is also painted.

while cleaning the gun I dropped the bolt in a small tub of hoppe's #9 overnight to soak.

just took it out and guess what? - STICKY FINGERS!

yep, removed the paint. I now have an "in the white" (mostly) bolt.

the owner's clearly states to use CLP, but I figured the internals had a durable metal coating.

just a heads up for 'ya...
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Many people post on this forum on how to remove the paint from their bolt & carrier so they can have "in the white" parts. Consider yourself lucky it was so easy. GARY
Link Posted: 3/8/2015 5:24:22 PM EDT
yeah, it was a "no brainer" on my part.

like nictra said, there was parkerizing underneath the house paint, so no harm done.

I will look into doing the polish work mentioned by sublimeon24s.
Link Posted: 3/9/2015 3:24:28 AM EDT
I stopped buying Hoppes when I bought my 107.

Its good stuff but I don't take any chances.
Link Posted: 3/9/2015 4:10:22 PM EDT
A lot of us Arsenal owners have "Live & Learned" over the years...

Link Posted: 3/10/2015 9:15:27 AM EDT
As an AK newbie, I dropped my SGL31 brake in some solvent to soak and loosen some carbon. loosened more than carbon
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