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Solidsnake87 06-01-2007 5:08 PM

Learn to paint your selector/trademark markings
I know there are a lot of people who desire to know how to fill in their selector markings. I tried to come up with some methods that involve things you can easily find around the house. The first method I list is an older idea I heard from a buddy. Obviously you can send your parts in for custom paint jobs or take lots of time to do it yourself with stencils or fine brushes. I'm just trying to share some really quick ways to produce some really fancy results.

Method 1.) Use crayons
Thats right, crayons! Just scribble away at your markings with white, red, green, orange, Whatever color floats ur boat will work. Cake on the wax really thick and wipe off the excess. Re-apply as needed. The advantage of this method is its cheap and easy to touch-up or change coloring. They are also easy to remove. Do not use this method on thin lines or lines that do not go deeply into the receiver. This method is best for thick bold lettering or thin deep lettering/lines. Used on my AK pictured

Method 2.) White out
This method is messy but worth it if you want something more permanent then crayon. Slather over your trademarks and any writing you want to be colored white. Glob this stuff onto the lettering within reason. The more excess you add, the more time it will take to remove. After the white out has dried, take a CLP coated cloth and gently wipe down the receiver/parts. The CLP will dissolve the excess white out and leave very definitive white lines on your parts. Do not use this method on rough surfaces because it may be hard to remove the paint. Don't use this method on thin shallow lines either or the white out will just come out of the lines as you wipe it up. I used this method on my essential arms receivers and most of my stag. I say most because its near impossible to do the deer logo with this method. The antlers kept wiping off.

Method 3.) Acrylic Paint with Water
This is the fastest, simplest, and best method of painting ANYTHING of any shape or size. Its more permanent than crayon but lasts well and is a really pretty finish. Touching up is only required if it comes in contact with clp, ect.. Just place whatever color of paint u want in a bottle cap mix a small amount of water with the paint. Just a tiny bit of water is needed to dissolve the paint. Just take a brush and just barely touch whatever shape you hope to fill. The cohesive forces of the water will suck your paint right into the shape with near perfection. Take your girlfriend's hair drier and evaporate the water from the paint. Repeat the process only if the paint is not thick enough to your standards. Just take a finger and gently wipe off any excess paint. I used this on my stag logo and Magpul PRS stock.

Here are some pics.

Tweak338 06-01-2007 5:17 PM

how about a Sticky Forum section too..

Solidsnake87 06-01-2007 5:21 PM

I don't know how to sticky a thread. sorry. :confused:

TonyNorCal 06-01-2007 5:28 PM


Originally Posted by Solidsnake87 (Post 631517)
I don't know how to sticky a thread. sorry. :confused:

A mod has to do it.

Thanks for the info...nice write-up and some nice weaponry there:)

savage1 06-01-2007 5:44 PM

I use the crayons as well. I found if you fill in the lettering and really pack it in there, then take a lighter and heat the crayon in the lettering up just enough to turn it liquidy, but not boil it, then take the lighter away and hit it one wore time with the crayon it comes out perfect. Then just buff off what is on the actual lower from around the lettering. Heating it up seems to "suck" the crayon a little deeper into the stamping and also smmoths out the crayon wax as well. And if you don't like it, clp and a little elbow grease will take it right off.

double_action 06-01-2007 5:55 PM

WD-40 works really well to remove crayons too.

tophatjones 06-01-2007 5:59 PM

That is a very nice!

Parag 06-01-2007 6:19 PM

'Course you realize that you no longer have evil black rifles. They're not-quite-as-evil mostly-black rifles now. Personally, I'm going to use *black* paint on mine.

-- Parag

Solidsnake87 06-01-2007 6:54 PM


I'm going to use *black* paint on mine.
You do that.

adamsreeftank 06-01-2007 10:44 PM

I think dark grey might be a bit more tacticool, but whatever floats your boat.

cobra198 06-01-2007 10:48 PM

Awesome! Thanks for the guide. Great to know.

mr2.0 06-01-2007 10:50 PM

Nail polish for mine, and a clear coat of nail polish on top of that.

Pryde 06-01-2007 11:14 PM

Instead of acrylic paint, use Testor's model paint and wipe with acetone or simple green to get rid of off the excess. That way it won't run off when you get it wet or you get CLP on it.

Also you won't get the fuzzy white "halo" that the OP has around all his lettering.

xenophobe 06-01-2007 11:15 PM

Other ideas

1) Standard crayons contain wax, and will impregnate into a receiver's finish, and you won't be able to get it out and it will give the anodization around the areas you filled in a waxy glossy look. I know, I did this to one of my receivers and highly regret it.

2) White out? Umm... not very easy to do. It'll dry and chip out when you're trying to clean it up to look nice. Once you have it done right, it holds decent though. It may take several tries to get it right.

3) Paint with water? A bit better than your previous two, but still a bit of a mess to deal with.

Best ways:
1) Oil Pastel Drawing Crayons. You rub them in, wipe them off with a cloth, and then wipe them down with CLP. If you don't like it, oil and a toothbrush removes it. Reapply. It will not just wipe out. Under $3 at an art supply store or Longs Drugs.


2) If you want to use paint, go for the Testors Model Paint. Thin it as you would use for airburushing and use a syringe. Fill carefully. This is more permanent.


A few of mine I've done with the oil pastels:

xenophobe 06-01-2007 11:16 PM

Tweak338 06-01-2007 11:18 PM

Xeno.. what the hell is with that blue hammer spring?

xenophobe 06-01-2007 11:24 PM

Oh, that's a Colt target hammer spring.

Richard 06-01-2007 11:34 PM

I used lacquer sticks...and you can get them in different colors.
Brownells has well as other places

It's more of a specialized product....that is more specific for this task.

roor1200 06-02-2007 12:06 AM

:rofl: i used to do that crayon method on my "pager" a reallllly long time ago to fill in the MOTOROLA! lol yea i know, what are pagers now a days.... but like posted, just press down on them and fill in the cracks and take a lighter to kinda melt off the excess and wipe with a clean towel...... sorry for the echo/repeat.. had to just add my $.000002 :D

Solidsnake87 06-02-2007 2:04 AM


xenophobe 06-02-2007 5:43 PM


pklin1297 06-02-2007 6:06 PM


pklin1297 06-05-2007 7:35 AM

Just painted my markings with plastic model acrylic paint and it turned out great. I did not dilute the paint and just applied to the markings without worrying about painting around it, then about 5 minutes after the application, I wiped it down with Simple Green and the paint outside the markings came right off without removing the paint in the markings. Good method to try.

sardaukar 07-11-2007 8:50 PM

With crayon.

easy 07-25-2007 6:38 PM

lacquer stick...

BDH 09-19-2007 3:02 PM

Highlighting engravings/stampings/serial #s
The most reliable item I've used for many years is a simple white China marker. They can be found at most office supply places, including the big box office supply businesses. They are usually offered in white and red.



Applehaus21st 09-26-2007 7:43 PM

Very nice collection mate!

PanzerAce 09-27-2007 7:20 AM

fwiw: if you take a hair dryer to the crayon for a little bit, you get a more even filling.

StAtiC 10-11-2007 11:15 AM

I used the oil pastels and they worked great. I will prolly change the green logo back to white.

BDH 10-15-2007 9:18 PM

Here's a tutorial for China markers


roor1200 10-19-2007 12:59 AM

a free crayon offer from toys r us valid only from oct 18-19.:eek:

Ech0Sierra 12-25-2007 7:41 AM

Does this work on any blued gun? I have a bunch of white pastels and a Beretta 92. :D

Josh3239 01-28-2008 4:45 PM

I know this is an old thread and has pretty much died, but I just wanted to throw in my experience for anyone thinking of doing this.

I went with the Testor's Acrylic paint and I highly suggest you DON'T go that route. It was messy and was pretty much a headache. It wasted a lot of time and $3 on the paint.

What I do suggest is Crayons. That made everything much easier, cleaner, and quicker. Just scribble the crayons on, wipe away with your finger the excess crayon, then use CLP and a napkin or tissue to wipe away the tougher excess and if you want take a match to the crayon to get it to melt into the engraving.

Nick5811 01-29-2008 11:02 PM

I tried the crayon and testor's paint methods (minus syringe) to mixed results.

Perhaps it's due to the shallow markings on my lower, but the testors paint/simple green worked better than the crayon method.

Mineral spirits is awesome for removing EVERYTHING from your lower (carbon, paint, oil, grease, etc.) Don't try to put the paint over the crayon, because it doesn't seem to work.

I think I'm gonna try to find a good OD pastel crayon thing and try it again.

Silverfish 02-24-2008 1:25 PM

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Thanks for the info,

Just finished my first build and stole my kids crayolas. Thanks for getting me in trouble. :D

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Hopi 02-24-2008 1:55 PM

I used red billiards chalk....very easy to use

Silverfish 03-21-2008 8:38 PM

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2nd build under development.......

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lockednloaded 03-26-2008 11:58 AM

does anyone know what to use to remove the paint?

Ballistic043 04-10-2008 7:40 AM

what kind of paint?

usually a dental pick, solvent, heat will take it off

Olav 04-30-2008 7:46 PM

I'll contribute:

I used nail polish (my wife has an assortment to choose from). Fill up the roll mark and wipe it off. Remove excess with nail polish remover.

Seems to work well for me.

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