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Old August 11, 2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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Is there a specific type of paint commonly used on gun parts?

I purchased a 4 sided mount (Could not seem to find just a three in the style I wanted) it is made of aluminum.

This went on my Kel-Tec Sub-2000 for the forward flashlight mounts.

In order to actually use it on this weapon however I had to remove the top rail so it would fold.

2 minutes with a hacksaw and file, viola, exactly what I wanted / needed.

However it is shiny on top now

Obviously there are paints used on these things to begin with, and suggestions on brand or type?

The thing is painted to begin with, but it appears to be some tough stuff, it is not anodized, and it is not parkerized...

Was thinking something like outdoor enamel or grill paint, engine paint?
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Old August 11, 2012, 06:54 PM   #2
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probably baked on enamel if not the others you mentioned
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Old August 11, 2012, 07:22 PM   #3
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Cool, since I will be painting small parts if and when any, and those will not be exposed to the hi temp areas, I would think the grill paint will probably be the route I take. I cannot imagine that these parts would take more abuse than that.

I do happen to work two streets down from an auto collision repair shop, i bet that could make it pretty for me too...

May have to check that out.
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Old August 11, 2012, 07:29 PM   #4
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If you want to be professional about it and have a more durable finish one of the epoxy base gun finishes like Lauer Duracoat or Brownell's Aluma-Hyde are the best.

However, you can use some of the paints you mentioned, and if they're a suitable oil based paint you can increase the durability by baking in your oven at 300 to 350 degrees for an hour. Read the label on the can, some newer paints can't be baked.
Some of the coatings like Duracoat and Aluma-Hyde are air curing, some others require baking.
The Lauer comes in many colors and is a two part mix that has to be sprayed with an airbrush, but it's TOUGH.

Note on baking in the oven:
Baking paints in the oven makes a bad smell.
Do this when your significant other is not home. This will give you time to bake the finish and air out the house so hopefully she doesn't notice.

If she finds out you'll get questions like "You did WHAT in MY OVEN????!!!!!!
(This sounds remarkably like a dull chain saw hitting a rusty tree spike).
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Old August 11, 2012, 08:20 PM   #5
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I know a lot about auto paint. (Certified PPG, DuPont and Sherwin Williams)
You will need an etch primer or a epoxy first, then a quality top coat on that Alum part. Regular paint will not adhere to bare metal.

I have sprayed plenty of "AR's with "DuraHeat" by DuraCoat.
DuraHeat is capable of withstanding temperatures of up 1800 degrees F, and cures at room temperature.

I blasted all of the guns before applying the product. No primer is needed.
Its pretty expensive,,,but a GREAT product!

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Old August 11, 2012, 09:49 PM   #6
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Ahhhh, me likey.

Little overkill for my current project, however that is now saved to favorites.
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