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#1 OFFLINE   TANGO420

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Posted Sep. 17 2012 - 05:25 PM

Well, I got bored today. Usually quite dangerous when that happens but instead of blowing something up, I decided I wanted to paint the markings on my lower receiver. Never done it before but I went and got some model paint I had and went at it. It turned out awesome I must say. Anyone else here have any better ideas on how to do it. I literally brushed it on and then wiped it as fast as I could. I have heard white outvworks well too, but I would love to hear what you guys have done. I'll put pics up soon.


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Posted Sep. 17 2012 - 05:32 PM

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Posted Sep. 17 2012 - 06:34 PM

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Thought about that but thought it would rub off. Does it hold up?


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Posted Sep. 17 2012 - 06:37 PM

I got my Safe and Fire done on some of mine with Model paint and a tiny brush, but was afraid to tackle the roll marks, be my luck I would really mess them up


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Posted Sep. 17 2012 - 06:42 PM

Thought about that but thought it would rub off. Does it hold up?


Nope. Holds up pretty good and did that method when I use to have Glock. Another method is using testors enamel paint. I use a tooth pick to apply the paint. Let it cure for a few days and off to the range.


Here is my lower with "Fire" painted in red and "Safe" painted in white. The excess oil has not damage the painted areas.
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Posted Sep. 17 2012 - 06:55 PM

Nope. Holds up pretty good and did that method when I use to have Glock. Another method is using testors enamel paint. I use a tooth pick to apply the paint. Let it cure for a few days and off to the range.


Here is my lower with "Fire" painted in red and "Safe" painted in white. The excess oil has not damage the painted areas.


That is it, just found mine Testors enamel model paint.
that is exactly how I do my selector switches.


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Posted Sep. 17 2012 - 06:56 PM

I used way too much white out & it look ugly as hell. It took along time to scrub off. If you use white out just dont over do it like I did.


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Posted Sep. 17 2012 - 07:04 PM

I used way too much white out & it look ugly as hell. It took along time to scrub off. If you use white out just dont over do it like I did.


I heard about white out, seemed messy to me. I'm happy with end result with Testors.

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Posted Sep. 17 2012 - 07:21 PM

I heard about white out, seemed messy to me. I'm happy with end result with Testors.


Careful with whiteout. It's a PITA to take the excess off and can leave a milky residue on the receiver. Best thing is to watch as different videos and see which method your are most comfortable with.

I think this is the video I watch to do the testors enamel paint method



Testors Enamel Paint Method

testor's paint color of choice
tooth pics - to apply paint
acetone - to help clean off excess paint ( test on the inside of the receiver to see if it affects the coating)
lint free rag
degreaser

1. clean and degrease your receiver

2. use a tooth pic to apply paint on your roll marks. Just dab tooth pick in the paint and wipe the excess of the rim. Apply paint to receiver

3. Once you have the roll marks covered. If there are any excess paint. Grab your rag and add some acetone. With a light sweeping movement over the roll marks. Don't put a lot of pressure or it will clean the paint of the roll marks. If any paint inside the roll marks are removed, repeat step 2.

4. Let receiver sit in the sun to dry up for a few hours. Put the receiver away for a few days to cure.

5. Take the gun out, shoot the thing, and post some pictures.


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Posted Sep. 17 2012 - 08:05 PM

Is it still BRD when you start adding color? Guess its ok as long as its not dayglow zombie green!

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Posted Sep. 17 2012 - 08:26 PM

Is it still BRD when you start adding color? Guess its ok as long as its not dayglow zombie green!


Funny you say that because its a zombie lower. But I did it in red and and I did model number and safe in white.


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Posted Sep. 17 2012 - 10:24 PM

Funny you say that because its a zombie lower. But I did it in red and and I did model number and safe in white.


Pics man, lets see it.
I have only colored my safe and fire thus far and more than likely that will be all for now.


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Posted Sep. 18 2012 - 07:26 AM

Pics man, lets see it.
I have only colored my safe and fire thus far and more than likely that will be all for now.


Here ya go. Need to clean it up a little bit. But I'm happy with the end product. And yes I know there is a zombie on it.Posted Image

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Posted Sep. 18 2012 - 07:34 AM

Here ya go. Need to clean it up a little bit. But I'm happy with the end product. And yes I know there is a zombie on it.


This was before it was all cleaned. Cleaned up great.


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Posted Sep. 18 2012 - 11:13 AM

I painted another one of mine last night just seeing if I could do it again, it is really hard to do it where I shake now so I have to use both hands and lay them on the table.
I am going to do a few more lowers today, but only the selector markings.

I figured you would have done that zombie monogram in green. :laugh:


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Posted Sep. 18 2012 - 02:32 PM

I'll paint it green as soon as the chainsaw attachment goes on, and the apocalyse starts. Or never......


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Posted Sep. 18 2012 - 02:41 PM

I'll paint it green as soon as the chainsaw attachment goes on, and the apocalyse starts. Or never......


:lol: I was just giving you a little rub there.


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Posted Sep. 18 2012 - 10:32 PM

:lol: I was just giving you a little rub there.


Can't say I didn't expect a jab or two. I could only imagine if I painted it green. Lol


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Posted Sep. 20 2012 - 03:44 AM

I've seen two different methods with the enamel paint...the first as with that video...

Put the paint in...use the thinner to remove the excess.

Or the second method...

Use a little bit of thinner in the paint itself to thin the paint out runnier and then apply the paint. Then just use gun solvent (Hoppes no. 9) to clean the excess off the top.


Which would ya'll suggest for doing an AR (spikes lower specifically)? I'm worried about using thinner and removing the actual finish along with the excess paint.


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Posted Sep. 20 2012 - 04:53 AM

Crayon


Yep.

I also keep spare crayons in my ACS compartment in case it rubs off in the heat of battle and I forget which way to flip it.





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