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Posted: 6/25/2002 10:36:01 AM EDT
I don't want to spring for a new blueing job on a "tactical" rifle that is going to get drug through the weeds anyway... can I just paint that sucker?

What type of paint.... will regular old Rustoleum flat black out of a can work?

Thanks.
Link Posted: 6/25/2002 10:48:00 AM EDT
Since parkerizing is used as a primer, I *think* you should be fine.

Get a high temperature paint, like engine paint.
Link Posted: 6/25/2002 10:54:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/25/2002 10:54:54 AM EDT by Muad_Dib]
I don't know if any old paint would work for this but I've got an idea for you. You could try using the high temperature paint that's used for coal and wood burning stoves.
Link Posted: 6/25/2002 10:58:38 AM EDT
I think I'd just go to the hardware store and buy some grill paint. It should do just fine. Just make sure to remove any oil or grease first. Maybe use to carb cleaner to remove it then some starting fluid, it evaporates fast and won't leave any residue. Good luck.
Link Posted: 6/25/2002 11:26:08 AM EDT
A friend of mine came over to the house to go shooting a few months back. He has a model A UZI that he bought used. It was in great shap except the barrel was scratched up pretty good. We went out to my shop and painted it with high temp grill paint in flat black. It matched up to the barrel perfect.

By now he's put about 1000 rds through it so far and the paint still looks like new. So I say go for it, I don't think you'll be disapointed at all.
Link Posted: 6/25/2002 11:31:14 AM EDT
don't you want to use a high quality latex primer first? mcole
Link Posted: 6/25/2002 11:33:51 AM EDT
Depending on what your price ceiling is, you may be better off buying one of the bake on moly finishes from Brownell's. They have several different flavors - Alumahyde and GunKote seem to be the most popular, with GunKote being more expensive at aronud $20/can, I think. The GunKote is only available in one color (black) whereas Alumahyde is available in many, but the GunKote appears to be more robust from what I hear. I did an SAR-2 with GunKote which came out great and has held up really well. Also had enough left over for a 5-6 of AK mags, 8 sten mags, and a handful of small parts.

Rocko
Link Posted: 6/25/2002 11:52:37 AM EDT
I would love to try that stuff Rocko, but how to get that 26 inch barrel in the oven?
Link Posted: 6/25/2002 12:51:05 PM EDT
try to find some "Stove Black"..., my Grandmother used it on her old cast iron stove to touch up the hot spots, UP to a point Stove Black" works best when hot !!

check around the hardware stores, or type in "stove black" in your S.E. & go wild !!!!!!
Link Posted: 6/25/2002 1:36:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HiCapMag:
I would love to try that stuff Rocko, but how to get that 26 inch barrel in the oven?



Hmmm, yeah that may be a bit of a squeeze. The AK with the buttstock removed is just a hair over 26", I think. Possible you may be able to fit your barreled action in diagonally (both horizontally and vertically) depending on your oven, but it would be a tight fit in any case. You'd have to remove all the trays and rig up something else to hold it in that position, of course. Also, if you have a wife/SO, you gotta factor in potential problems there as well .

Rocko
Link Posted: 6/25/2002 2:03:47 PM EDT
I painted the front tip(out past the front sight) of an older A2 20" barrel, I got in trade, w/t high temp Grill flat black. It has worked fine so far.
Link Posted: 6/25/2002 2:09:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rocko:
Depending on what your price ceiling is, you may be better off buying one of the bake on moly finishes from Brownell's. They have several different flavors - Alumahyde and GunKote seem to be the most popular, with GunKote being more expensive at aronud $20/can, I think. The GunKote is only available in one color (black) whereas Alumahyde is available in many, but the GunKote appears to be more robust from what I hear. I did an SAR-2 with GunKote which came out great and has held up really well. Also had enough left over for a 5-6 of AK mags, 8 sten mags, and a handful of small parts.

Rocko



I used Mac's (www.shootiniron.com) to refinish my Bushy lower back in '98. He did a great job for only $25. Now, I see there's more variety in colors, particularly the OD paint job. Definitely worth taking a look.
Link Posted: 6/25/2002 2:25:50 PM EDT
I suggest Brownell’s Aluma-Hyde II. Below are instructions from the back of the can, which may be helpful.


Link Posted: 6/25/2002 5:52:01 PM EDT
What, no shake and bake?

Hurrrrrrrrraaaaahhhh, I am saved.

Thanks 199, if I dont need an overn, that sounds like the ticket.
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