I spent most of my time working for Rocky Mtn Arms disassembling firearms so they could be 'Bear Coated' and then reassembling firearms after that had been done. A side note is that SIGS have really tight tolerances and are a screaming beotch to reassemble without marring the finish if you are not VERY careful. But SIGS are great hand guns BECAUSE of their tight tolerances.
Bear Coat is a teflon paint, mainly used to coat the landing gears on F-15 fighters. It's REALLY expensive, like $10k a gallon. Yes, they do thin it out, because otherwise it's WAY too thick to put on a firearm.
Crayons or other things mentioned to fill the lettering will work. Right up until you put it in the oven. THEN it will melt all over that nice new paint job.
Also, consider grit blasting the parts you are considering painting. Oh, and USE PLASTIC GLOVES once you've got your surfaces clean and are ready to paint. You'd be surprised how well a finger print shows up. Your skin is just oily enough to pass that onto a newly bead or grit blasted piece of metal.
And unless you live alone, have a REALLY understanding wife, or are looking to get divorced, DO NOT USE the same oven that your wife cooks your meals in. Slight a chance as it is, you can literally have gasses come off the paint as it's drying in the oven that can be transfered to food your wife puts in the oven later. Don't ask. Personal experience. Cost me a new oven for my wife. And then a new stove top. And then a new refrigerator.
But this IS an excellent way to refinish a firearm. Or almost any other metal you wish to do this to.
A couple of items. You can ALSO use 'BBQ Grill' paint - it's good to at least 1200, though your color choices are pretty limited. I buy mine at Lowes in really large cans for like $3 -$4 each, but it has been a while. I tend to buy things in large quantities so I don't have to keep going back.
I use coat hangers to hang things in 'my' oven. Ask me WHERE I got this oven from. Remember I said "Cost me a new oven"? Guess where the old one ended up? Yep. In my shop. Comes in really handy.
Last, but not least, if you are using this method on pieces that will NOT see high heat (like that mag extension on that shotgun) and ARE looking for a flat finish, then hit it with one or two coats of 'Matte Clear' paint. It literally will take a dull flat paint and bring it to life. Not shiny really. More of an 'in between' flat paint and a gloss paint. I've used this trick on NUMEROUS items, including when I refinished the steel wheels on my military Blazer. Looks just like factory. If that's 'too glossy', hit it LIGHTLY with another coat of flat. FROM AT LEAST 16 inches and it looks spectacular.
I've also used powder coating, but that's for another thread.
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Last edited by wallew; 01-04-2008 at 16:38..