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SERIOUSLY!! Rattle can paint job?!?!

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Old 11-26-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default SERIOUSLY!! Rattle can paint job?!?!

OK, Out visiting the Mother-in law's to work on her house doing some much needed repairs.
Her boyfriend said he wanted to get rid of a Mosin and a Chinese 12 gauge knockoff of an Remington 870 clone.
Both kick too hard now after the shoulder surgery and he does not shoot off hand.

Economy crashed, laid off, started a business with the wife and things are going better than projected but still not where I can spend that hard earned cash on anything else than to pay off the start up debt and regular bills

He offered the 12 Gauge for just less than 1/2 the listed price and he will toss in the Mosin with remaining ammo and everything associated for free.

Well, they seem to be in reasonably good condition except for the rattle can spray paint job.
The Mosin even has a crisp looking bore from end to end.

I know I can get it off the wood Mosin stock, but don't want to harm the bluing on the metal parts.
Also, the shot gun has the synthetic plastic stock (that was already black so why paint it?) and the paint is thickest on the 12 gauge.

He must have caught a lot of flack for the paint as the guns he is keeping are spotless, well oiled and could not get them ugly things off his hands fast enough.

They were his first guns and I dont know if he got them that way or did the dastardly deed himself.

The paint is on every exposed surface of both guns and I need suggestions on how to clean them without damaging them.
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:13 PM   #2
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The citrus paint removers should not hurt anything but I am only guessing as have never used them on a gun.
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I say just take sandpaper to it and restore it back to original when you're done.
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Originally Posted by trip286 View Post
I say just take sandpaper to it and restore it back to original when you're done.
You can't sandpaper something and "restore it back to original."
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Kwik strip. It's aggressive and you need gloves. It'll work on the Mosin, but won't leave any finish in the wood, but shouldn't harm the bluing. It might eat into synthetic stocks though. So, the shotgun, I would remove the plastic furniture, and strip the metal. You could sand and reprint the synthetic stock.
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try some paint thinner or acetone on a small spot. spray can paint isnt usually difficult to remove by chemical means. just some elbow grease and attention to detail.

do it outside wear gloves.
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Originally Posted by BillDeShivs View Post
You can't sandpaper something and "restore it back to original."
It's a Mosin. It wasn't original to begin with. Most (the overwhelming vast majority) have gone through a refurb at least once. They are refinished, and reworked. Some parts are replaced and forced matched (which is why many have some electropencil serial numbered parts).

I would try to save the old bluing, but if you can't it's not a big deal. As for the Chinese knockoff, well who cares if it's original.

When trip said "original", I assume he meant just retuning it to it's original type of finish, not to it's 100% original condition.

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I have a couple of Mosin stocks that are in their "original" finish just collecting dust. They have the hardware still with them, and the varnish still looks good. If you would be intersted in one, i would take the painted one off your hands, and turn it into a project for the winter. PM me if you would be interested.
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Good advice above

I rattle canned some camo on a few AR mags a couple days ago, it's already rubbed off in a few spots. I don't imagine it would take much at all to remove it without adverse effects to the surface.
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Not sure what it will do to the other finishes. But Goof-Off will remove the paint very easily. A kid went through our neighborhood tagging cars. I went out with some Goof-Off and a rag. It just wiped right off.
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