It all started with a sketch. An idea for the rifle I wanted to build. For the most part I knew what I wanted and I knew where I was getting the parts from. It was a LONG SLOW process saving the money and ordering from different manufacturers, the wife fought me the whole way, with our first child on the way. Haha. (Attachment 1) I built my rifle with just the basic parts and just wasn’t quite satisfied. I still had some parts on order…a few bells and whistles, but still wanted something else. I had this PT92 with FDE Hogue rubber grips, and thought, “that looks sexy!” So naturally I thought…lets do a black and tan AR!! (Attachment 2) The next step was to remove the parts I wanted to coat. Being that I already had the MagPul AFG in FDE I chose to go with Alumahyde II for it’s close color match. I watched a few videos on prep work and coating, did a test run with some Rustoleum spray paint from the garage on a PMAG with great results. I sanded it and degreased it, sprayed it and baked to cure. Overall Id say Im pleased considering the crappy paint I used. (attachment 3) Here are the parts I want to do in FDE with the Alumahyde II Coyote (excluding my BAD-*** ambi-safety selector because it hasn’t arrived yet.). So as far as prep work, I sanded them with 600 grit wet-sand paper (excluding the rail), Scrubbed them with a TSP solution used for paint prep, and then scrubbed them with DAWN dish-soap and HOT water. Here they are ready to go. (Attachment 4) Here you can see the sanding and prep work is evident. I got a nice scuff on all the parts creating enough tooth for the paint to adhere. (Attachment 5) I will be sure to follow up with more pictures and lessons learned as I make progress on the build. Any thoughts or POV's are welcomed. My Alumahyde arrives tomorrow, so I know what Ill be doing ALL DAY!