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Mickael81
10-14-2011, 1:23 PM
Hey guys. I have a few old aluminum mags that are turning almost gold around the corners. The mags function without any problems. I was wondering if it's safe to spray paint the old mags with one of those epoxy based paints designed for aluminum....

Nothing fancy, just black or gray. My concern is that maybe the paint would be too thick making it stick in the magwell or that it will peal and make its way into the chamber.....

bohoki
10-14-2011, 1:31 PM
you alredy know the facotry finish doesnt stick worth a damn i doubt you will find anything that works better just let them get ugly

vintagearms
10-14-2011, 1:35 PM
[QUOTE=Mickael81;7323104]The mags function without any problems. QUOTE]

Why fix whats not broke? They will naturally show signs of wear, just like us. :)

SocomM4
10-14-2011, 2:07 PM
I have painted a pmag and it didn't bind in the magwell.
Ihave painted a usgi and it was already I slightly tight fit.no real difference.

Strip and polish them?

Mickael81
10-14-2011, 2:17 PM
... screw it. I guess i'll just rinse them on hot soppy water and wipe them dry. Beat up mags show character....

Arisaka
10-14-2011, 3:04 PM
Beat up, gray surplus AR mags look awesome in a nice pretty black rifle. Love em.

tackdriver
10-14-2011, 4:01 PM
There is a bluing solution for aluminum if you're interested...From the same makers as the gun blue...whos name escapes me at the moment

isplice
10-14-2011, 4:07 PM
I've used this:
https://www.neelyindustries.com/p-2703-perma-slik-g-12-oz-aerosol-can.aspx?gclid=CIXnl8-k6asCFcgaQgodjUBzlA

MrPlutonium
10-14-2011, 4:07 PM
There is a bluing solution for aluminum if you're interested...From the same makers as the gun blue...whos name escapes me at the moment

I think birchwood casey is what you're referring to. Careful you don't leave it on too long though, or else you get random dark spots.

Linkpimp
10-14-2011, 4:20 PM
I’ve done my far share of painting mags, and I’ve never had an issue, have fun with it and no worries

Link

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misterjake
10-14-2011, 6:33 PM
Permasilk. It's the same moly paint from the factory, just scrape off the old finish with steel wool, degreaser it, clean it and apply it, they will look brand new.

cbaer5
10-14-2011, 6:48 PM
wow I really like that scull paint job

nice work

fabguy
10-14-2011, 6:57 PM
you alredy know the facotry finish doesnt stick worth a damn i doubt you will find anything that works better just let them get ugly

+1, uglier the better for me. Less questions asked when at the range. Keep the pretty ones in the safe :D

Arisaka
10-16-2011, 7:29 PM
Iíve done my far share of painting mags, and Iíve never had an issue, have fun with it and no worries

Link

http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j344/linkpimp/IMG_7265.jpg


http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j344/linkpimp/IMG_5960-1.jpg


http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j344/linkpimp/IMG_9093.jpg


http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j344/linkpimp/IMG_7460.jpg


I never get tired of seeing these pics. Amazing stuff! Love Felix the Cat.

yelohamr
10-17-2011, 5:33 PM
I have 30 round, pre-ban AR mags. The uglier the better.

Syst3m Ov3rrid3
10-17-2011, 7:59 PM
I have a few old aluminum mags that are turning almost gold around the corners.

Gold huh? I hear Cash for Gold pays decent ;)

If you rattle can them, make sure you lightly sand them with a light grit sand paper in between the edges. Followed by a few coats of Rustoleom Gray/Black Primer Paint, then a few base coats of the color of your choice followed by a few coats of Clear Coat for that gloss. Make sure you let each coat dry plenty of time and in between Primer, Base and Clear it dries enough.

Keep your coats thin, laying on thick coats will result in longer dry times and the paint may run or become 'sticky'.

Good luck with your outcome, be sure to take photos :)