Originally Posted by CA357
If you want to go with a spray on finish, I suggest Brownell's Aluma-Hide II. That's what's on my Eddystone and it's holding up well. It's downright cheap and is available in colors other than the matte black that I used.
If you go that route, buy two cans in case you need a little extra and also to have just in case.
Rebluing sounds good as well and that seems to be about the going rate.
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I have used the aluma-hide II on my 308 and my AR and am very happy with it. You can use other cheaper paints over the aluma-hide to get the color scheme you are looking for without wear problems that I have noticed.
It's all about the look your going for. My guns are cammoed so a little wear hear and there isn't noticed or worried about...... But you mentioned you may want to blue it.... That would be a significantly different look. Awesome in its own right, just different.
I would not paint a gun just one color and expect it to not show wear with regular use though. If that's what you going for, get that puppy blued.
It's nerve racking to "paint" your gun for the first time, but it is rewarding in the end. Have fun!!