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mr7clean
04-21-2010, 3:53 PM
Is there a special high heat paint needed for painting a rifle? Since the barrel gets hot I wasn't sure. Also any prep tips?

Fjold
04-21-2010, 4:01 PM
A lot of people just use Krylon. The barrel shouldn't get so hot that you can't hold on to it.

mugdava
04-21-2010, 4:11 PM
Brownell's Aluma-Hyde II.

http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/productdetail.aspx?p=1117

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raeeeCc9SWw
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$P-Ritch$
04-21-2010, 4:23 PM
There's also duracoat. They say on their site it's good up to 600 degrees. Unless you're shooting full auto or constantly dumping mags you shouldn't get anywhere near that hot on your barrel.

pacrimguru
04-21-2010, 4:47 PM
i cover a little about paint in this thread:

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=250448

firejob95
04-21-2010, 7:23 PM
mr7- here is a couple of pics of my newest build and paint. I used the search button here and did exactly what the thread said to do. Krylon works great and no heat issues yet. colored the letters with the model paint method. good luck and have fun. Remember you can always repaint. PM me if you need a newb to newb conversation. Hahahaha:chris::chris:

Jonathan Doe
04-21-2010, 7:49 PM
I just use regular spray paint cans. If the finish wears or the paint chips, I just spray over again. No problem for me.

twinjetguy
04-21-2010, 8:08 PM
I have some great advice for all of you. I'm and avid motorcyclist and have worked on bikes for almost 15 years now. A friend of mine clued me on on a brand of paint that is hands down THE best! It's from PJ-1, and it's called VHT (think it stands for very high temperature). This stuff is AWESOME! They also make header paint that claims it can take temps up to 1100.

Now some extremely valuable tips on painting. I have used this method and it comes out looking and feeling like powder coat. Make sure to clean the part extremely well, no oils, grease, or finger prints on it. Then heat the part to be painted in your oven to around 200 degrees for about 20 minutes. You also want to heat the paint up a bit. I normally set the can of paint on top of the oven so it just warms it up. Paint the part when it is hot and use light coats. With the part heated up, it bonds the paint and makes it dry almost instantly. Let the part sit and cure for a bit, overnight if you can be patient. Then heat the part up again in your oven to cure the paint. One more tip, when curing the paint in your oven, try to lift the part so that none of the painted surfaces are touching the pan. Sometimes it can stick and ruin the awesome paint job you just did.

The results are amazing. Another paint you can use if you can't find VHT is a ceramic based brake caliper paint. I have used this method on motorcycle parts and it's the next best thing to powder coating you can do. You can find VHT at a local hot rod shop usually. I know Smokeys in Oceanside sells it.

Give it a try!

pacrimguru
04-21-2010, 8:18 PM
those sound like great tips twinjet! i'm going to try that.

twinjetguy
04-21-2010, 8:24 PM
those sound like great tips twinjet! i'm going to try that.

Thanks! A couple things I forgot to mention. IF you have access to a bead blast cabinet, definetly use it and get everything down to bare metal. If not, then sand or use steel wool to get a good surface for the paint to stick to. After that, I like to use Brake Cleaner to degrease everything.

Also, if for some reason your wife or girlfriend has a complete freak out that you are using the oven, then do it on a REALLY hot day. I use my oven, but I make sure to open up the doors to ventilate the house out. You will get a bit of a paint smell but it goes away soon. Then again I have really great ventilation at my place and I do all the cooking so my g/f can't really say anything.

Guys, seriously, the one mistake made the most when it comes to painting is not getting the part and the paint warmed up. This is IMPORTANT. The more heat, the better the bond. Just be careful and don't go heating the can of paint up TOO much.

Now get out there and paint!!!

metalhead357
04-22-2010, 7:43 AM
Brownell's Aluma-Hyde II.

http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/productdetail.aspx?p=1117

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raeeeCc9SWw
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mugdava


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I might also add Gun Kote..... Also does wonders and stands up real well if you actually follow the directions. It IS a bake on method.

hoozaru
04-22-2010, 7:48 AM
Aluma-Hyde II or any high heat engine paint
Gun Kote if you can bake.

bigthaiboy
04-22-2010, 3:15 PM
Aluma-Hyde II or any high heat engine paint
Gun Kote if you can bake.


+1. Aluma-Hyde II from Brownells is very easy to use and hard wearing. It also withstands gun cleaning chemicals, because it is designed for guns. It's around $13 -14 a can which is cheap for a specialist paint finish. Aluma-Hyde II needs 2 to 3 weeks to cure before assembly.

High heat auto paint from the auto store will also work. Lots of color choices and there is a 500 and a 1200 degree paint. This stuff is designed to paint car engine blocks. Not as tolerant to gun cleaning solvents, so you just need to take extra care.

mr7clean
04-22-2010, 9:33 PM
Thanks to all for the information. Very much appreciated.