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Uranium238
03-14-2012, 7:45 AM
I have yet to find any threads linking to a paint that almost matches the color of the plum furniture for AKs. Has anyone out there had good luck on restoring (repainting) plum handguards and a stock on their AK?

7,62x39
03-14-2012, 3:16 PM
you could try plastic polish, like for cars headlights.

you could also try sanding with fine grit sandpaper and then plastic polish

general_disarray_prk
03-14-2012, 8:12 PM
The plum color is within the molded plastic, so yes, you don't see many threads about painting them plum. For military HG's stuff, they do scratch up pretty easy, so I understand your wanting to refurbish them. If polishing them doesn't give you the results you're looking for, then replacements shouldn't be too hard to find - try AK Files Forum. IIRC, the last set I bought in excellent condition was $20 - $25 shipped.

backstrap
03-14-2012, 9:15 PM
Im curious of your results also.

Uranium238
03-15-2012, 7:01 AM
I may go the plastic polish route after I complete the work on the receiver. I have plenty of it since I used to do auto detailing.

Uranium238
03-21-2012, 9:39 AM
Well the plastic polish route failed. It did not take any scratches out. Instead, I am opting to do a repaint based on an article using Krylon Fusion paint. The article states that when repainting the plum furniture, apply the first coat of Krylon Fusion Satin Burgundy. It will lighten up the plum, so a coat of Satin Espresso will need to be applied within about 10 minutes after the burgundy tacks on. This will darken it, or tint it into a color very similar to the Bulgarian finish.

Uranium238
04-23-2012, 7:22 AM
Update to All!

I have succeeded in restoring my worn Bulgarian plum handguards and stock. The paint involves a blend of Krylon Fusion Satin Burgundy, and Satin Espresso.

NOTE - I highly recommend separating the butt plate from the stock so that it can be painted separately with a color of your choice should there be any wear marks.

Prep for paint was done with denatured alcohol and a toothbrush. You want to scrub any cosmoline off the parts to prevent paint defects. Two applications are involved of DA. Your first application involves scrubbing, while the second involves rinsing it.

I used a microfiber towel to dry the parts lightly and let the sun do the rest.

Now comes the painting part. The satin burgundy was applied first to all furniture. Since this significantly lightens up the furniture to the point where it almost looks girly, the brown comes in to tone it down. After three coats (15 minutes tack time between) of satin burgundy (I recommend two, but my furniture was really beat up so I felt a third application was necessary since it's a base), follow up within 5-10 minutes with the Krylon Satin Espresso. You will use this brown paint to tint the burgundy to your desired color choice of plum.

Right now, the plum looks like K-Var furniture to me, and is a shade lighter than the original Bulgy color.

I will provide pictures shortly as soon as I resize them.

Uranium238
04-23-2012, 7:44 AM
Pictures...

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=146683&d=1335195829

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=146684&d=1335195837

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=146685&d=1335195842

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=146686&d=1335195847