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Posted: 2/15/2013 11:37:56 PM EDT
My dad found these 30 year old mags in his closet. They were worn down to the bare metal and dinged up. I pounded the dents out of the floor plates, filed all the burs and gouges, then gave them a few coats of ceramic engine paint. 4 hours in the oven and this is the final result. Just thought I'd share what I did with my Friday afternoon.




Link Posted: 2/15/2013 11:40:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/15/2013 11:40:47 PM EDT by BoRdErBaCoN]
Nice. Should sell for like a thousand bucks on GBroker.



Seriously though, they look good.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 11:40:45 PM EDT
Neva been dun befoe..
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 11:41:46 PM EDT
Nice job. At today prices, you are a millionaire. Congratulations!
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 11:43:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TrickyVic:
Nice job. At today prices, you are a millionaire. Congratulations!


One's a Colt, so I might be a multi-millionaire!

Link Posted: 2/15/2013 11:45:47 PM EDT
Good job OP, they look great.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 11:50:00 PM EDT
They look good.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 11:58:03 PM EDT
They look good!! What brand paint?
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 12:04:13 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 762minigun2:
Neva been dun befoe..


Game changer

Link Posted: 2/16/2013 12:06:30 AM EDT
Looks good. I've been spray painting the hell outta some old GI mags lately too. Yours looks better though.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 12:10:40 AM EDT
I'd recommend new springs and followers if you plan on using them.

Just my $0.02
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 12:12:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2013 12:14:35 AM EDT by hiyaboa]
If you want some insanely tough paint try VHT Chassis and Roll-Bar paint, its an epoxy paint(like appliances ), that stuff is easy to spray and nearly impossible to scratch. I've used it for years on car stuff and it holds up better than powder coat.


VHT Epoxy
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 12:13:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 54lariat:
They look good!! What brand paint?


Dupli-Color I picked up at O'Reilly auto parts. It comes in a bunch of colors. I did a batch of AK mags years ago and none of them have chipped. Just make sure you prep with some acetone to remove any oil that might be on the surface you're painting.





Link Posted: 2/16/2013 4:36:38 AM EDT
Very nice!
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 4:49:39 AM EDT
Yep, looks real good! Now put in some new s.s. springs with Magpul anti-tilt follower and you'll be good-to-go.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 4:52:10 AM EDT
I feel like i stepped into a time warp.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 4:57:02 AM EDT
those look good as new.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 8:30:54 AM EDT
good fun project when you dont have anything to do
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 8:31:43 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 8:32:51 AM EDT
How do they fit the mag well with a "few coats" ?
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 8:39:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2013 8:43:35 AM EDT by Miles_Urbanus]
Did you bondo the exterior before painting when you "filled" the burrs and gouges? They look new.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 8:40:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2013 8:41:20 AM EDT by sjerdude]
This reminds me of the stuff we had to do during the first ban
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 8:42:32 AM EDT
Nice job OP.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 8:47:54 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Snake_driver:
Yep, looks real good! Now put in some new s.s. springs with Magpul anti-tilt follower and you'll be good-to-go.


Not in stock
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 8:50:12 AM EDT
I've used ceramic header paint (flat black) on M14 magazines along with the bake in the oven routine sited on the paint can. They are some nice looking magazines afterwards and the backed on ceramic paint is pretty durable.

Yours look good.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 8:50:24 AM EDT
They look as nice as the 6 I sent to Walter Birdsong for green-T coating, but I bet it cost a hell of a lot less.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 8:52:42 AM EDT
Good job, now flip them on GB for $1000 per.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 8:54:36 AM EDT
Originally Posted By NeedMoreAmmo:
Originally Posted By 762minigun2:
Neva been dun befoe..


Game changer



Changa!
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 9:06:17 AM EDT
I dug a few of my beaters out of my junk box. They were left from Mag Ban I. Did the same treatment and was pleased.

With the (remote) possibility new mags will cease to be in the retail market, I am saving what I can for a rainy day.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 9:12:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Digitalpunk:
Originally Posted By 54lariat:
They look good!! What brand paint?


Dupli-Color I picked up at O'Reilly auto parts. It comes in a bunch of colors. I did a batch of AK mags years ago and none of them have chipped. Just make sure you prep with some acetone to remove any oil that might be on the surface you're painting.

http://i605.photobucket.com/albums/tt131/TheAstroZombie84/IMAG1348_zpsff527bfc.jpg





Duplicolor is the shit I have used many cans and it is very long lasting if you allow it to properly cure.
Link Posted: 2/17/2013 2:46:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/17/2013 2:48:01 AM EDT by 54lariat]
Originally Posted By Digitalpunk:
Originally Posted By 54lariat:
They look good!! What brand paint?


Dupli-Color I picked up at O'Reilly auto parts. It comes in a bunch of colors. I did a batch of AK mags years ago and none of them have chipped. Just make sure you prep with some acetone to remove any oil that might be on the surface you're painting.

http://i605.photobucket.com/albums/tt131/TheAstroZombie84/IMAG1348_zpsff527bfc.jpg






Nice...That works!


Originally Posted By hiyaboa:
If you want some insanely tough paint try VHT Chassis and Roll-Bar paint, its an epoxy paint(like appliances ), that stuff is easy to spray and nearly impossible to scratch. I've used it for years on car stuff and it holds up better than powder coat.


VHT Epoxy


I have used some VHT nightshades on my bikes taillight before and on my truck, VHT is good stuff.


Link Posted: 2/17/2013 2:54:59 AM EDT
Originally Posted By macman37:
I feel like i stepped into a time warp.



Yea, no kidding, This was very common during the last ban. There was a guy here that damn near made his living selling them. Can't remember his name though.
Link Posted: 2/17/2013 2:56:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Searcherfortruth:
They look as nice as the 6 I sent to Walter Birdsong for green-T coating, but I bet it cost a hell of a lot less.



Walter was the man. Always great talking to him at length about he process whenever you called to set up an order. RIP.
Link Posted: 2/17/2013 2:58:21 AM EDT
Originally Posted By firewithfire:
How do they fit the mag well with a "few coats" ?


Link Posted: 2/17/2013 4:06:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Miles_Urbanus:
Did you bondo the exterior before painting when you "filled" the burrs and gouges? They look new.


Filed not filled.
Link Posted: 2/17/2013 4:24:37 AM EDT
Those mags look great, replace the springs and install some Mapgul anit-tilt followers to make them even better.
Link Posted: 2/17/2013 4:30:21 AM EDT
a couple years ago I went crazy with rustoleum engine enamel.
I did a bunch of mags and my AK with it.
that shit was amazing and tough.

Fast forward to now... it's not oil proof...

turns out it soaks up oil and becomes soft
I need to redo my AK, but spray guns sound like a PITA and baking is a no go
I might give alumahyde 2 another try, it was decent on the CZ52 I did in desert tan.
the big downside to alumahyde 2 is it takes about a month to cure.
Link Posted: 2/17/2013 4:32:54 AM EDT
the inky in your avatar is about as hot as the mags you painted.....
Link Posted: 2/17/2013 5:28:20 AM EDT
New springs + Magpul followers = Life is good..
Link Posted: 2/17/2013 5:29:29 AM EDT
= painted mags.
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