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sleeping dog
September 19, 2006, 01:17 PM
I have a glossy black Leupold var-x 2 scope and I'd like it to have a dull finish. I'm thinking of painting it with flat black lacquer, or just working it with some steel wool.

Any advantage of one method over the other, or any other ideas? (buying a new scope is not an option at the moment - besides, I like this scope)


September 19, 2006, 04:19 PM
Look for camoflage paint for bows.

It's sold with a remover so that you can take it off later.

For more permanent processes, The DuraCoat from Lauer is a good choice.


T. O'Heir
September 19, 2006, 10:18 PM
Use any flat spray paint made for metal. You'll want to sand it a wee bit first. Or buy a roll of camouflage tape.

Bill DeShivs
September 21, 2006, 05:05 PM
Most scope tubes are aluminum, anodized black. If you sand or abrade the coating, you will see aluminum. Tape or paint will be your best bet, and it can be removed if necessary.

sleeping dog
September 22, 2006, 04:56 AM
This shiny Leopold is coated with something hard, maybe powder coat? 0000 steel wool doesn't knock down the shine at all.

Tape might be the way to go.


Bill DeShivs
September 22, 2006, 04:49 PM
The hard finish is anodizing. If you abrade through it, you will have aluminum showing. Steel wool will not affect it unless the thin, hard surface is broken.
Paint the scope or tape it.

September 22, 2006, 05:38 PM


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