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Nathantc 09-26-2011 07:07 PM

How to paint/blacken stainless???????????
OK I have been thinking of getting a non stainless fluted/theaded 24" bull barrel to replace my barrel with. Problem is this rifle will shoot one ragged hole at 100yards. The next barrel I get may not.

So the question is how can I make this one match the rifle in a way that will last, but not have any negative affects. I have some scrap stainless that I tried an etching primer on and flat black krylon but that's not holding at all, I can rub most of it off with just a welding glove.

Is there a primer made just for stainless, or is this impossible to have a some what durable finish on stainless.

I just don't like shinny on a rifle.

Tackleberry1 09-26-2011 07:10 PM

I can't tell you how it's done but it is most certainly possible.

Most handguns available today come with in black despite having stainless steel slides so I know the manufactures can do it.

I'm sure you'll get some suggestions.


Nathantc 09-26-2011 09:14 PM

i also know dura coat doesnt hold any better than any other paint

willfully armed 09-26-2011 09:34 PM

Cerakote. Only good option.

canebrake 09-26-2011 09:50 PM

Nathantc 09-26-2011 10:02 PM


Originally Posted by canebrake (Post 587431)

why would that work any better than regular krylon:confused:

BenLuby 09-26-2011 11:43 PM


Originally Posted by Nathantc (Post 587436)
why would that work any better than regular krylon:confused:

Because it's made to take heat. Regular Krylon isn't.

Txhillbilly 09-27-2011 12:43 AM

It would really help things if the surface was bead blasted first.There are several different coatings that can be applied to stainless steel.
Google metal coatings.

unclebear 09-27-2011 12:56 AM

zinc crome 8 primer, then regular primer then paint.

Nathantc 09-27-2011 01:10 AM


Originally Posted by unclebear (Post 587545)
zinc crome 8 primer, then regular primer then paint.

i think thats the answer i was looking for, thanks, i will try that on some scrap and see how it does

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