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Old 08-05-2011, 07:07 AM   #11
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So I can just spray it with no disassembly? Would it be okay to split the upper and lower (obviously removing the BCG) or do you not want paint inside the action.
Take as much off as possible. Gummy stuff, future chems and smooth cycling usually doesn't add up. Hell, its an AR, it only takes 15min to completely break down. . . I guess if you are really lazy you could stuff newspaper in the lower and top it w/ masking tape.
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I sprayed mine w/ lower and upper together. No "Gummy" stuff to speak of and the rifle has functioned flawlessly like it did before the paint.

The thing is if you want a camo pattern you have to leave it assembled or your pattern wont match.

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I sprayed mine the same as MJKEAT with upper and lower together, but I pretty much took everything off the rifle that bolted on and covered my gas tube and barrel that would be located under my hand guard cause that area gets real hot when putting rounds down range and I am not sure as to how much heat the Krylon Camouflage paint will withstand in a covered area.
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Damn fine job you did there Sublime. The only problems I've had with the Krylon were probably my fault. I use Carb/Brake cleaner after a my initial scrubbing and while in a hurry, let a drip flow down the outside of the ejection port. It ate the Krylon like nothing.

Mj, yeah sure you have to get your pattern, but there's plastic and rubber (D-fenders, what have you) in the guts, so for any sort of Bake-on you gut the gun.
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Duracoat isn't as bad as it sounds. I've used a few times on various parts and one AK. The AK came out great! An old grill can be used to speed up the curing. No oven needed. Just set it to super low for a few hours and you don't have to stink up the house and piss off the wife.

Krylon is great in their "High Temp" formula, but I'd only rate their outdoor "Camo" line as GREAT in terms of application and appearance, but OK (at best) for durability. I've experimented w/ a "High Temp" base and clear-coat and it does a little better.
I like the idea of krylon because if I don't like it or want to change it in the future, I only lost a couple bucks in the deal. Dura-coat, although longer lasting and nicer looking, is way more expensive.
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It took me about two hours or so to break down paint and reassemble. I didn't want to drag it out cause the old lady was yelling about the paint smell.
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I sprayed mine w/ lower and upper together. No "Gummy" stuff to speak of and the rifle has functioned flawlessly like it did before the paint.

The thing is if you want a camo pattern you have to leave it assembled or your pattern wont match.

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Thanks, and very nice rifle. I am officially jealous
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I really like the brown and tan combo sublime. Thanks for your post
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I really like the brown and tan combo sublime. Thanks for your post
schmeekey I took a piece of card board off, you know, a beer case...lol...and cut one design in it and just used it one way for green and turned it ninety degrees when I sprayed the brown. Also I just held it up next to the rifle I didn't tape it down or anything, doesn't make the edges too sharp and after all that I help the khaki pretty far away about two and a half feet maybe further and misted to help the edges fade even more.
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Nice work guys! And thanks for the tips. I think about this from time to time ... but so far my black rifles are still black!
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