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Posted: 3/18/2006 7:07:57 PM EDT
What is a good, cheap way to paint in the engravings on an AR? I don't want anything that will flake off while i'm shooting or something oil based that would smear when I clean. I want a good way to semi-permanently paint in the engravings without filling them; so that in the future I could maybe do different colors.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:31:53 PM EDT
They say you can use crayons. I bought the color sticks from Brownells and they worked great.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 7:43:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2006 7:46:08 PM EDT by ironsight-boy]
Crayons? That seems like madness but I don't see why it wouldn't work I guess. I'll look into these painting sticks from brownells.

EDIT: erm I searched Brownells a bit and can't find what you're mentioning. Could you maybe link me or describe it in more detail?
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 10:53:30 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 11:21:03 PM EDT
Another thread with some more options/ideas.

Link
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 2:00:53 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 3:22:02 PM EDT
Thanks for the replies all. I'm just thinking on how to CLP the reciever w/o getting any in the grooves. I think i'll go with the laquer stik over crayons because it seems much more sturdy. I can for some reason see me doing some fairly rapid fire and having chunks of crayon fall off the side.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 4:27:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mostow241:
Lacquer-stik

These are the laquer sticks I have. They work very well.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:31:57 AM EDT
I use china markers available at your arts and crafts stores... but a really good cleaning takes everything off
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 1:37:11 PM EDT
I got bored one day and did the safe (white) and fire (red) on my Bushy. I used my kids Crayola crayons.

Here's what I did:
1. Cleaned the lower with CLP
2. Rubbed crayon over the markings
3. used heat gun to make sure it soaked into engraved area
4. Repeated step #2 and #3 as needed
5. used CLP and a soft cloth to rub off any excess crayon.

I did that about a year or so ago, and it still looks nice. Haven't had any problems with it needing to be touched up or anything.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 4:27:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FlyingFive0:

Originally Posted By mostow241:
Lacquer-stik

These are the laquer sticks I have. They work very well.



you just rub it into the engravings? but what do you wipe it off with?
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 4:41:10 PM EDT
i use model car enamel paint and a toothpick to apply it...

it looks great and works great.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 4:42:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By septic-tank13:
i use model car enamel paint and a toothpick to apply it...

it looks great and works great.



1) How much is it?
2) How steady of a hand do you need?
3) If you mess up is there any going back?
4) Does it even itself out in the engravings?
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 1:47:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/21/2006 1:48:53 PM EDT by septic-tank13]
model car paint at wal mart is a buck or two. they have oil and water based paint you can buy. either one cleans up well and if you screw up, you can completely remove it. i use a tooth pick because while dabbing it in the paint it is easily "worked" into the crevices. it doesn have a tendency to "fill" and even out in the crevices. as far as a steady hand - if you use the tooth pick, it'll naturally follow the crevices as long as you don't overload the tip with paint. all in all, it works pretty slick.

here is a link to a post i made. you can kind of see the color i'm speaking of. i wouldn't hesitate to use this method. the crayola affair is fine too.

i do see more merit in the paint, simply because of finished appearance, ease of application, and the infinite color choice. with paint, you can mix and match any color you want....

hope this helps.

septic tank
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 8:16:15 PM EDT
Well I started off by trying the paint method with toothpicks but since my dad passed juvenile arthritis on to me it didnt work very well. So I went the Crayola method. It worked a lot better than I thought and it was pretty easy except keeping the color from the shallow Bushmaster gun thing from bleeding into the snake. That was fairly difficult. Soon to come: pictures!
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 1:38:44 PM EDT
I used the described crayon method and it worked great! I rubbed of the excess a few minutes after putting heat to it.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 8:10:47 PM EDT
CHINA MARKER works also --


The Grizzley looks like it has a shadow - but that is just the camera.


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Link Posted: 3/25/2006 9:20:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mostow241:
Lacquer-stik



that stuff works great!
crayons work good too but i perfer the paint stick, its a little easier.
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 2:48:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/26/2006 2:48:39 PM EDT by ironsight-boy]




Voila! Crayola Magic!

And I have no serial number insecurity. I registered it and everything more than 8 months ago.
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 10:13:35 PM EDT
Nice job ironsight, I've seen classic show cars that didn't have as much attention to detail.

I am wondering where in UT you live that you would have needed to register your AR.
Link Posted: 3/28/2006 3:25:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GumbyDammit:
Nice job ironsight, I've seen classic show cars that didn't have as much attention to detail.

I am wondering where in UT you live that you would have needed to register your AR.



Register as in register with Bushmaster so that they know that I legally possess the serial number simply b/c I hid it away in a bucket until my product registration card arrived in Maine.

Altho I need 2 get brave one of these days. The back of the snake is a bit thin as in the part of the bullpup right above the mag. And the crayon on the bottom of the snake isn't all melted in like it should be. I did it with a hairdryer and had to re-do it twice because of all the red from the bullpup running into the snake and making it nasty-ified
Link Posted: 3/28/2006 5:15:39 AM EDT
Crayons work great. White and Red Orange have worked well on my lowers. Over time the crayons may get "worn out" but it's like $1 for a box or less.

If you hate the colors, just scrub it off using lighter fluid and a brush (or Goo Gone and a brush or whatever), rinse, lather, repeat. And no, I didn't want a pretty safe queen, I just wanted some damn color on my tools
Link Posted: 3/28/2006 2:08:05 PM EDT
Meh i'm that really weird type that want a "tool queen"
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