Applying a New Finish to Your Gun with a Paint Job

Are you bored of the current color of your gun? Don’t worry because the Federal licensing agency concedes you to add all sorts of “bling” to your rifle to make it look more personalized or to look neat.

Notify the licensing body before you make any changes to the paint of the gun. Painting your gun isn’t a bed of roses. It requires a deep understanding of gloss skills. Below are the best tips that you can follow when applying a new finish to your gun with a paint job;

Sand the parts you want to paint

Sandblaster is the tool that you can use to remove the existing coating from the metal surfaces forcibly. It can be a strenuous process, especially if you are dealing with high-quality guns with abrasive surfaces. Forcing your sandblaster in between those ridges is dense.

Sometimes it’s essential to consider the quality of parts of your gun before pressing them with the sandblaster. You might not be sure whether such parts might break or not. Fixing any old part with a new part of the same quality builds your confidence when painting your gun.

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Use aerosol degreasing agent to remove grease

You may find that some parts of your gun are greased, and therefore, your sandblaster cannot be effective on them. If you leave such parts, your painting might appear uneven, and it might not be pleasing to you. Aerosol degreasing agent is the best as it dries without a residue. A good example is the Brakleen or TruStrip solvent.

Ensure that you put on your protective gloves, an overall and protective glasses as you spray those parts, let the room be open to allow free air circulation. Wipe it down using a clean, lint-free cloth after a few minutes.

Cover your muzzles and other parts you don’t want to paint

Make use of masking tape to cover all those parts you have selected. Avoid painting the moving parts as this will affect the way they operate. Major parts that are permanently exempted from the painting are the trigger and the trigger guard.

You can apply model clay or foam to earplug holes in the barrel so that paint won’t pool inside them. Pooling of paint inside such barrels will hinder you from opening your gun next time.

Choose metal paint designed for use on guns

Avoid as much as possible using any paint that you come across. Remember that you will be using your gun mainly, and paint might peel off onto your hands. Also, not all paints are compatible with metal surfaces.

Products like DuraBake need to be baked to set the finish. You can also opt to use DuraCoat because you only need to air dry to set the finish. Suspend your gun for some time to allow your paint to dry. Use wire to access it from 360 degrees.

Unmask your gun and remove all clay or foam in the plugs

Once your gun has dried, make sure that you remove the masking tape and any foam that you may have applied while painting. You can bake the metal parts if required. Only parts that have been disassembled should be baked.

Reassemble your gun in case you had disassembled them. Make use of your user manual when assembling to follow the correct procedure. It sets your gun back to its normal working conditions.


Allen Wilson

Allen has been writing about gardening for over 30 years. He is a retired professor of Horticulture.

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