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goodlookin1
11-06-2009, 8:22 AM
Hey all,

Didnt know if anyone had tried this before, so I thought I'd write up a tutorial on what I tried last night: Making the pitted lettering on an AR receiver white.

Supplies Needed:
- Pencil with normal pink-colored eraser
- toothpick
- white out pen (fine point preferrable)
- paper towels/rag

*** DISCLAIMER: I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY FAILED MODS YOU MAKE TO YOUR GUN. THIS PROCESS WORKED FOR ME AND YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY. DO NOT TRY THIS IF YOU DONT FEEL COMFORTABLE DOING IT!!! I SUGGEST THAT YOU TRY YOUR WHITE OUT ON THE INSIDE OF THE MAG WELL TO MAKE SURE THAT IT WILL NOT STAIN YOUR RECEIVER BEFORE APPLYING IT TO THE OUTSIDE ***

Step 1:

Wipe down your receiver to make sure there is no oil or dirt around or in the pitting/lettering.
http://www.rcmill.com/ryan/guns/ar15/1.jpg

Step 2:

Take the white out pen in one hand and a paper towel/rag in the other. Press the white out pen down and squeeze a generour amount of white out along the lettering/pitting so that it completely fills the grooves of the lettering. Only do small sections at a time, and each time you do one, wipe and smear the whiteout with the paper towel like you see in the picture. The stuff dries fast and is harder to get to come off if it is pooled or clumped. So do 1 or 2 letters at a time and quickly smear it. Then do the next few, and so on until finished with all of them.
http://www.rcmill.com/ryan/guns/ar15/2.jpg

Step 3:

Now that you have smeared all of the white out, take your pencil and erase what you can, but be sure NOT to go over the grooved areas because the white out has not fully dried. If you get eraser dust/residue in the pitting/grooves before it has dried, it will probably stick to it. So just erase the flat areas, like the picture below:
http://www.rcmill.com/ryan/guns/ar15/3.jpg

Step 4:

It has now probably been about 5 minutes or so and the white out as dried, and now that you have done all that you can with the eraser, some resigue is still apparent. Take your finger and rub the affected area as hard as you can until you see it lightly smearing it into a blur. Do this until the rubbing is no longer effective. There should still be a faint haze
http://www.rcmill.com/ryan/guns/ar15/5.jpg

Step 5:

Depending on how fast you wiped the white out from the grooves, you may have had some streaks or pools dry which will not disappear by erasing or rubbing. In this case, take a toothpick and scrape off any affected areas. You will either see it crumble off or smear somewhat, depending on how thick it is. Once that is done, go back to rubbing it out again with you finger.
http://www.rcmill.com/ryan/guns/ar15/6.jpg

Step 6:

Now to take care of that faint haze, take the eraser to the entire surface, including going over the grooves/pitting. You will see that this takes the haze away rather easily. Repeat the rubbing/erasing if necessary until all visible haze/smear is gone.
http://www.rcmill.com/ryan/guns/ar15/7.jpg



More in the next post.....

goodlookin1
11-06-2009, 8:25 AM
Step 7:

You should now have a clean, black surface area and only have the white out visible in the grooves lettering. Nice and clean!
http://rcmill.com/ryan/guns/ar15/8.jpg


Here's a pic of my finished AR-15!

http://rcmill.com/ryan/guns/ar15/9.jpg


Enjoy!!!

troysland
11-06-2009, 8:33 AM
Super nice. I used a white crayon for my Glock 23. I'll be hitting up Office depot today for supplies to give my AR's that same look. Thanks for the post.

shoupdawg
11-06-2009, 8:33 AM
Very cool...I may try this...thanks for sharing!

MasterYong
11-06-2009, 8:37 AM
Interesting... most ppl use crayons.

My question is- WHY would you want to do that? FUGLY!!! :p

...oh and I have those same optics too. how you liking yours? Mine's been GREAT.

SixPointEight
11-06-2009, 8:41 AM
If you had a whiteout bottle with a brush you might be able to add some red food dye and get red too. I don't have an AR though...so boo on me

goodlookin1
11-06-2009, 8:42 AM
Interesting... most ppl use crayons.

My question is- WHY would you want to do that? FUGLY!!! :p

...oh and I have those same optics too. how you liking yours? Mine's been GREAT.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder :D .....I think it looks bad ace!

Optics are nice. A bit heavy, and it's not spot on inside of, maybe, 12-15ft.....but outside that, it's dead on. I also dont like the rail clamp....I have to locktite it so it doesnt move. Other than that, it performs awesome and looks awesome!

pacrimguru
11-06-2009, 9:32 AM
first of all great tutorial, nice method of application, excellent simple to follow instructions with very descriptive pictures. all in all a great job putting together this tutorial. i wish more "how to's" were like this.

but... no offense intended, i can't stand it when people do this to their lowers! ok, the safety markings i get but all the markings all over the lower? don't dig it at all.

Unit74
11-06-2009, 9:42 AM
It's all fun and games till you have to clean the gun.....Then it all smears.

WeekendWarrior
11-06-2009, 9:44 AM
WWRTW

Jicko
11-06-2009, 9:47 AM
but... no offense intended, i can't stand it when people do this to their lowers! ok, the safety markings i get but all the markings all over the lower? don't dig it at all.

+1

making it all airsoft looking....

sirnonz
11-06-2009, 10:09 AM
i used nailpolish and it worked fine

MasterYong
11-06-2009, 10:10 AM
Hey all,

Didnt know if anyone had tried this before, so I thought I'd write up a tutorial on what I tried last night: Making the pitted lettering on an AR receiver white.
.....

Do you have any info on how well the white out holds up if it gets the average gun solvent on it??? I think that's why some folks use crayons because they don't melt form the solvents (I have no idea if that's true... I just think I remember reading it somewhere).

SJgunguy24
11-06-2009, 10:18 AM
I use testors model paint. That doesn't really work because I shoot everything with krylon anyway.

Jeffu
11-06-2009, 10:18 AM
great tutorial!

Purple K
11-06-2009, 10:33 AM
For longevity you can substitute real paint in place of the white out. White out and gun solvent don't mix well. Use the tip of one toothpick as an ultra-fine paint brush.

vinny_land
11-06-2009, 10:41 AM
I used the white and red crayon for my rifle and it turned out well. It started to come off a little bit but I plan on taking it all off and putting in real paint. Probably try out paint used for model cars or something of that sort.

MasterYong
11-06-2009, 10:44 AM
I used the white and red crayon for my rifle and it turned out well. It started to come off a little bit but I plan on taking it all off and putting in real paint. Probably try out paint used for model cars or something of that sort.

If you're using model paint and have the patience you can get eensy-weensy-teeny-tiny little brushes to get in the grooves.. they use them for painting very small details on model soldiers and such...

evidens83
11-06-2009, 10:46 AM
Nice simple DIY write up! I wouldnt do it but good to know how easy it is if I ever choose to! Good job!

mds2004
11-06-2009, 10:53 AM
It's all fun and games till you have to clean the gun.....Then it all smears.

Supposedly this is why nail polish is best.

goodlookin1
11-06-2009, 11:04 AM
Thanks for the compliments on the write-up.

It seems people either love it or hate the white lettering. The pictures show a bolder white than when in person (camera may have blurred ever so slightly causing it to look brighter). I personally like it. I like the idea that a poster on the first page had about mixing red food coloring dye with a bottle of white out for the "semi" part.....I might try that.

As for the durability of white out, it's not oil based, so I would imagine that a powerful gun solvent would take it off (which is one of the reasons I went with white out in case I didnt like it).....but i'm not positive. But in any case, I have never used gun solvent to clean the outside....a slight water-damp cloth works well for me as long as it's not caked with dirt.

Just figured for the guys that like the look that they could use a simple, non-permanent way of adding a bit of contrast to a completely black gun, and with little or no expense (typical home products).

redcliff
11-06-2009, 11:39 AM
Nice write-up but maybe it could be added to : http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=59672

Which is already stickied in our gunsmithing forum :)

MasterYong
11-06-2009, 12:41 PM
Thanks for the compliments on the write-up.

It seems people either love it or hate the white lettering. The pictures show a bolder white than when in person (camera may have blurred ever so slightly causing it to look brighter). I personally like it. I like the idea that a poster on the first page had about mixing red food coloring dye with a bottle of white out for the "semi" part.....I might try that.

As for the durability of white out, it's not oil based, so I would imagine that a powerful gun solvent would take it off (which is one of the reasons I went with white out in case I didnt like it).....but i'm not positive. But in any case, I have never used gun solvent to clean the outside....a slight water-damp cloth works well for me as long as it's not caked with dirt.

Just figured for the guys that like the look that they could use a simple, non-permanent way of adding a bit of contrast to a completely black gun, and with little or no expense (typical home products).

I've never used solvent to clean the outside of a gun either, I just know that sometimes it gets there anyways.

Thanks for the write-up. It's nice to have options! :cool:

bombadillo
11-06-2009, 2:55 PM
As far as crayon goes, how is it that you get the crayon inside of the lines?? Do you just color over and what happens with the excess??

ERdept
11-06-2009, 4:00 PM
Supposedly this is why nail polish is best.

Ummm, nail polish is easily removed by acetone. And some gun cleaners take this off easily.

I say use small bottles of Duracoat. More gun cleaner resistant than nail polish, which is meant to be applied and taken off repeatedly.

tankerman
11-06-2009, 4:21 PM
To me adding white makes it look like you've turned the side of your rifle into a designer women's hand bag/purse.

http://www.ithandbag.com/images/9005-black-white.jpg

Saigon1965
11-06-2009, 6:06 PM
LOL - You've not seen my Louis Vuitton HK -


To me adding white makes it look like you've turned the side of your rifle into a designer women's hand bag/purse.

http://www.ithandbag.com/images/9005-black-white.jpg

Cokebottle
11-06-2009, 6:31 PM
Alternative....

Lacquer Stik: http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=7778/Product/LACQUER_STIK_reg_

http://personal.linkline.com/rlockyer/XD9/DSCN1125.JPG
http://personal.linkline.com/rlockyer/XD9/DSCN1126.JPG
http://personal.linkline.com/rlockyer/XD9/DSCN1127.JPG

norcal-ar
11-07-2009, 5:10 AM
It's all fun and games till you have to clean the gun.....Then it all smears.

thats what i was thinking. any lowers ive had that have had these when i bought them i took them home and used brake clean to get all the white stuff off to avoid getting all over the rifle later on. BUT great tech article and great job on the color fill.

Timmay
11-07-2009, 5:52 AM
Looks cool but not for me. I think a few ours of ridding quads and shooting out in the desert would be all it takes for it to get all mucked up.

Guns03
08-23-2010, 10:10 PM
Super easy! Color in with crayon, add a little heat, just a little. I used a hot air gun. Use that mostly for clean up of the crayon wax outside the lettering. It does help fill in the letters also. We will see how long it lasts, and if it makes a mess.

badlandsbutch
08-24-2010, 2:42 PM
Lacquer Stik from Brownells, that's what it's made for

Pointcrossed
08-31-2010, 7:40 PM
Do you have any info on how well the white out holds up if it gets the average gun solvent on it??? I think that's why some folks use crayons because they don't melt form the solvents (I have no idea if that's true... I just think I remember reading it somewhere).
I Use a White Grease Pencil, it holds up to solvents better too!