Originally Posted by truggles
How rust preventive is painting a gun? Is this a good idea for a gun that will be outside a lot? What kind of barrel do you paint blues? Stainless? Nickel? Is it bad to paint any of these? Will the nickel and stainless be less likely to rust after paint than the blued, or will the paint make it not matter. How often do you "touch up" a painted gun? Sorry for all the questions just curious about the subject.
No reason to paint a gun if you don't have to.. Most times you are doing it because you want to rather than having to. Stainless is not going to rust on you anyway. As long as you maintian your gun properly, you shouldn't have to refinish it at all. You may want to consider painting a gun if you live in a high humnidity environment or caostal areas where salt corrosion is a concern. But I stress again.. use a product specifically designed for the purpose.. Not something you'll have to redo again and again...