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Posted: 6/24/2003 12:31:58 AM EDT
I thought some of you might be interested in the steps I took to refinish my AK on the cheap. I had a Maadi sitting around that was in dire need of refinishing. The original paint job was looking pretty bad. I didn't want to put a bunch of money into it but it needed something. I ended up using a can of Brownell's Aluma-Hyde II that I had from a previous project. The job was pretty easy. I stripped the original finish using a fine wire wheel. This took about an hour or two. Then I completely degreased the gun with a combination of M-pro7 and Gunscrubber. After completely dry I warmed the parts slightly with a heat gun. Then I sprayed on a light coat of Aluma-Hyde II. The paint/epoxy goes on very easily and flows very nicely. I let is dry for three days before putting it back together. So far the finish seems to be pretty tough. It's at least as good as the original paint. I've learned that this particular finish takes at least a week to fully cure. So I've put it back in the safe for at least that long until I take it out and shoot it. Overall I'm pretty happy with the results considering my total out lay is about 10 bucks. I even like the contrasting gray with the black furniture. Sorry the pictures aren't the best but my camera isn't the greatest. There's before and after photos at: myweb.core.com/photos/sdenniss@raex.com/AKM

Check it out,
Wedge

http://my.raex.com/~sdenniss/.photos/AKM/AK1.jpg
Link Posted: 6/24/2003 5:28:40 PM EDT
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