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  • DDadams

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    I've never painted a gun before but I feel the itch and need.

    I've heard various things from various sources all claiming X brand was better than Y brand and I've narrowed it down to 3 choices.

    So I've come to you for the wealth of knowledge INGO possesses

    Krylon
    Rustoleum
    Alumahyde

    The rustoleum seems to have a more favorable track record from what I've gathered but I did see some swear by krylon and they were adamant that rustoleum was beyond inferior - and then the rustoleum crowd would claim the opposite.

    Not a ton of talk about alumahyde but I think that's because it's just a Brownells thing I think.

    What have you had success with?
     

    Lpherr

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    I've used both Fusion and the Rust-oleum, and both work well.
    I prefer the Fusion with it's color selection, and variety of finishes.
     

    Vimace

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    If you have access to Rust-Oleum Industrial paint (spray can or gallon). I would recommend it over "Big Box" R.O. paint.

    MH
    This..

    Mostly online orders, though.

    SUPER CLEAN parts, sand down imperfections, degreas very well, and use an adhesion promoter before your base coat

    Good luck !

    Show some pics when done!
     

    two70

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    Not a ton of talk about alumahyde but I think that's because it's just a Brownells thing I think.
    I've used Alumahyde and was mostly happy with it. On limited use and testing, it seems to be both a bit more durable and more difficult to work with than Krylon or Rust-O. The biggest reason you probably haven't heard much about it is the cost, it is 2-3X the cost of the other two.
     

    Cavman

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    I've used Alumahyde and was mostly happy with it. On limited use and testing, it seems to be both a bit more durable and more difficult to work with than Krylon or Rust-O. The biggest reason you probably haven't heard much about it is the cost, it is 2-3X the cost of the other two.
    Alumahyde is definitely my go to for most part. Especially if ya can just let it air dry for about a week.
     

    Cavman

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    I've put small parts on a sunny window sill for a few hot summer days and they seemed to cure just fine in less time.
    That would definitely help. Was only able to let them hang dry in a closet. I did paint one and soon as it was dry started to use it. Didnt hold up as well as ones I let cure
     

    DDadams

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    This..

    Mostly online orders, though.

    SUPER CLEAN parts, sand down imperfections, degreas very well, and use an adhesion promoter before your base coat

    Good luck !

    Show some pics when done!
    I've not heard anyone mention this anywhere but I'll give this a serious look.

    What would you recommend as an adhesion promoter? I've also not seen this mentioned.

    All we were planning to do for prep work besides taping off some spots was using denatured alcohol to wipe everything down prior. I'd never seen anyone mention anything after that, they all just started spraying.

    I know this will wear out and chip over time and I'm totally fine with it as this is going on guns we actually use rather safe queens or I'd have gone the cerakote route. I'd still go cerakote if it weren't well above $500 for the camo job
     

    rb288

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    I use Rust-Oleum and Krylon.
    1. They are cheap and easily available.
    2. They work great.
    A quick wipedown of the gun and spray away.
    If it gets nicked up or scratched, just touch it up.
    Easy peasy.
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    comm2679

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    Aervoe used to make some really nice camo paint but I can’t seem to find any in stock online. They may have stopped making it. I’d use the Rustoleum or Krylon camo aerosol.
     

    BigNyaKelly

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    I've never painted a gun before but I feel the itch and need.

    I've heard various things from various sources all claiming X brand was better than Y brand and I've narrowed it down to 3 choices.

    So I've come to you for the wealth of knowledge INGO possesses

    Krylon
    Rustoleum
    Alumahyde

    The rustoleum seems to have a more favorable track record from what I've gathered but I did see some swear by krylon and they were adamant that rustoleum was beyond inferior - and then the rustoleum crowd would claim the opposite.

    Not a ton of talk about alumahyde but I think that's because it's just a Brownells thing I think.

    What have you had success with?
    I like Krylon, I've also used the stuff brownells sells - Aluma Hide or something to that effect. It works great.

    Also for magazines (if you have old ones) you can use that Aero dry film lube that restores them right quick.
     
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