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Painting the ar-15 selector marking and manufacturer's marks

Discussion in 'Articles & How-Tos' started by SC-Texas, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. SC-Texas

    SC-Texas Moderator Moderator

    Feb 7, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Here's a good technique. I wish i had used this method the last time i marked lowers.

    Things you will need,

    Testors model paint and the Testors enamel thinner.
    Rubbing alcohol
    Paper towels
    Card stock or paper board from old packaging or cereal/cracker boxes. You will find that the stuff that has printing on it works best because the printed side is slick and won't absorb paint. More on this below.
    Tooth picks
    Masking tape

    • Clean the areas you are going to paint with rubbing alcohol and then wipe dry.

    • Dip a tooth pick in the model paint and start filling the engraving until the paint is just slightly above the surface. Make sure every part of the engraving is filled to the top. If its starting to leak onto the top surface that's when you know its ready.

    • Cut a strip of your card stock about 1/2 inch wide and like 1-2 inches long. Make sure the short side is nice and straight. You are going to use this like a squeegee so you want your edge to stay flat against the receiver.

    • Put the short side against the receiver and lightly drag it across the painted area. If your card stock only has printing on one side make sure the printed side is against the paint. Paint is going to flow all over the surface as you drag across but that's ok. The printed side is slick so its going to smooth out the paint. Drag any big paint drops away from your engraving and clean them up with a paper towel. The goal is to get the paint flat with the surface of the receiver and not have any puddles around the engraving. There is still going to be some surface paint but that gets cleaned up later.

    • Once the paint is even with the surface of the receiver, let it dry for about 15 minutes.

    • Put some enamel thinner on a paper towel and start lightly wiping the surface. Get a flat spot in the paper towel and just drag it across the engraving. You will be able to pull the surface paint away from the engraving then scrub it away. Don't scrub on the engraving or you will pull the paint out.

    • When all the excess paint is cleaned up I will put some masking tape over the area to keep dust out of the engraving as its drying. Let it dry overnight before handling. It takes a few days for the paint to fully cure so don't use any gun cleaners until its cured.

  2. Willy

    Willy Well-Known

    Aug 28, 2009
    Ellis County
    This makes sense and I will probably do it. Let's see some pictures for in the meantime.
  3. country_boy

    country_boy TGT Addict

    Feb 7, 2009
    Round Rock
    I have some model paint collecting dust, sounds like a plan.
  4. Code3GT

    Code3GT Active Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    I did this method on mine a while back. Worked like a charm.

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  5. Dcav

    Dcav TGT Addict

    Oct 31, 2009
    Sounds like a good method Sean thanks for sharing.
  6. PopsXD9sc

    PopsXD9sc Active Member

    Nov 16, 2008
    Used pretty much the same method for my M&P 15 a couple of years ago. Red paint for fire and white for safe and manufacturer's roll marks. It has held up great and in the event it gets dirty and can't be cleaned; touch up is quick and easy.
  7. wakal

    wakal Dreadnaught Industries LLC

    Mar 20, 2011
    Lazy version...

    Paint pen (craft section, WalMart)
    Spray can, carb cleaner (auto section, WalMart)
    Paper towel (paper towel roll, cardboard)

    Fill engraving with paint using pen. Spray carb cleaner on towel. Wipe off excess paint with wet towel. Repeat as necessary.

    Messy, but fast...

  8. Michael-Dallas

    Michael-Dallas Member

    Nov 28, 2008
    Frisco, TX
    I use Lacquer Stiks. Brownells sells them, but I got mine from for less.

  9. CanTex

    CanTex Active Member TGT Supporter

    Mar 4, 2009
    Cheep and old nail polish. Needs to be "gummy" and not flow easily. Old credit card, nail polish remover and a shotgun patch. Fill the marking with the nail polish to above or at level. Wipe with the edge of the credit card to strike off any excess. Put nail polish remover on patch, wrap patch around credit card and wipe to clean off any excess.

    However, I have also used crayons, rub them over the stampings till they fill in. Use an alcohol swab to remove any that gets anywhere you do not want it. I have used this method to make stampings and serial numbers easier to read for years. Have a couple rifles that were done about 10 years back that still look good.
  10. BigD24

    BigD24 Member

    Sep 9, 2011
    no one has a b4 and after picture?

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