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xxxx
04-14-2011, 2:37 AM
I came across this: link (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showpost.php?p=4111893&postcount=222). I have a WASR that I wouldn't mind doing that to - giving it a little "wartorn" look. What would be the best method of achieving this? Steel wool, sand paper? Anyone have any pointers for me?

MrPlink
04-14-2011, 3:31 AM
hell, my WASR looked like that out of the box!
:D

bit of fine steel wool will get you there though

Rob454
04-14-2011, 4:41 AM
You can always get that "used" finish by actually using it:D

jetcobra428
04-14-2011, 8:47 AM
Try using a scotch-brite pad and some water or oil. Thinking about doing that to my Draco.

evidens83
04-14-2011, 8:57 AM
You can always get that "used" finish by actually using it:D

ziiiiinnnngggg :D

FatalKitty
04-14-2011, 8:58 AM
that doesn't look like he picked it up off the street... looks like he bought it in the store and took steel wool to it.

WTF

Merc1138
04-14-2011, 9:11 AM
that doesn't look like he picked it up off the street... looks like he bought it in the store and took steel wool to it.

WTF

LOL, yeah in the third pic you can see the really small scratches from the steel wool. It's like buying pre-faded jeans. Let it roll down a hill and you'll get that "picked up off the street" look.

motorwerks
04-14-2011, 9:13 AM
You can always get that "used" finish by actually using it:D

Or he can loan it to me and I'll use the hell out of it :D

leelaw
04-14-2011, 10:15 AM
Try throwing it down your driveway

lewisracing
04-14-2011, 10:28 AM
You can always get that "used" finish by actually using it:D

Touche sir, touche.

Etihtsarom
04-14-2011, 12:06 PM
Easy, tie to string, tie string to car, drag down the street.

lewisracing
04-14-2011, 12:27 PM
Easy, tie to string, tie string to car, drag down the street.

Make sure it's unloaded first and stay at least 1000ft away from schools and churches.

killshot44
04-14-2011, 12:41 PM
Anyone have any pointers for me?

Just Google BFPU (battlefield pickup)........

UserM4
04-14-2011, 12:47 PM
Definitely looks intentionally done. I've seen someone post an AK of some sort on here awhile ago that looked much better, intentionally done but better.

Merc1138
04-14-2011, 1:01 PM
Make sure it's unloaded first and stay at least 1000ft away from schools and churchs.
why churches?

JJ1911
04-14-2011, 1:10 PM
#1 Bury AK in dirt/rock/gravel.

#2 Unearth

#3 Drag through mud

#4 Let sit in mud

#5 Take it out and kick it down some pavement/rocky hill.

That will get you started.

Some people say AKs are ugly, I think pristine safe queen AKs are ugly!

xxxx
04-14-2011, 1:16 PM
You can always get that "used" finish by actually using it:D

People always talk poorly of the WASR's but I have shot mine in snow, a (mini) sandstorm, even left it outside for a few days by accident once (in my back yard disassembled while working on it). I barely take care of it, and it looks the same way it did when I first got it years ago. I easily put 2000+ rounds though it over the years.

I really want to get the "BFPU look" to it - I could go for a change and I don't want to spend any money refinishing a WASR.

I guess I will try fine steel wool and scotch-brite pads.

xxxx
04-14-2011, 1:16 PM
Definitely looks intentionally done. I've seen someone post an AK of some sort on here awhile ago that looked much better, intentionally done but better.

Mind posting pics?

shark92651
04-14-2011, 1:19 PM
Isn't the finish on steel there to keep it from rusting? I don't understand the desire to remove the finish.

lewisracing
04-14-2011, 1:52 PM
why churches?

Oops, my bad for spreading FUD. I am kicking myself in the ***** right now...

I meant: 39 CFR 232.1 (l) Cannot carry on U.S. Postal Service property.

Thus, do not do this in your local USPS parking lot...

killshot44
04-14-2011, 1:54 PM
Isn't the finish on steel there to keep it from rusting? I don't understand the desire to remove the finish.

That's because you live in a logic-based world. ;)

Fate
04-14-2011, 1:55 PM
Many weapons during WWII lost their bluing and attained that very worn "battlefield pickup" look when soldiers wiped them down with anti-freeze to keep them running during winter conditions.

So get a rag and a jug of Prestone and wipe it down a few times. Make sure you have chemical proof gloves on though.

Vacaville
04-14-2011, 2:34 PM
A few years ago there was a trend in guitar making practiced by Fender and Gibson where they would create a beat-up, worn out looking, brand new guitar. Fender called it a "relic" finish. Always figured it was for posers who wanted to look like they owned a valuable old classic when they really didn't. Pretty lame in my opinion. I'm always seeking to preserve as much of the finish on my stuff as I can, be it guitar or gun.

Of course you can do anything you want with your property. Bubba away if you really want to.

SIGSHOOTR
04-14-2011, 2:53 PM
See "Mall Ninja?" thread... ;)

lewisracing
04-14-2011, 2:58 PM
See "Mall Ninja?" thread... ;)

I was just on that one... going back and forth to keep up on the posts!

But seriously, what the OP is doing is not mall ninja in my opinion. I actually think the gun looks better beatup, and he can do whatever he wants, it is his gun.

ZX-10R
04-14-2011, 3:04 PM
Does not really matter...If you like to do it. You should.

SIGSHOOTR
04-14-2011, 3:47 PM
...he can do whatever he wants, it is his gun.

Agreed-- my post was meant only in jest. I saw a lot of AKs in Iraq and Afghanistan that had that "finish" and it just amused me someone would do it on purpose. OP, no offense.

xxxx
04-14-2011, 6:37 PM
No offense taken :) It is just a cheap WASR - I would like to try something different, I have other nicer AKs that I would never dream of doing this to.

UserM4
04-14-2011, 6:42 PM
Mind posting pics?

I would if I could find it again. :(