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I want to paint my magazines

Posted on 04/27/2013 7:27:02 PM PDT by 1rudeboy

Specifically, handgun magazines. Just the bottom, so I can more easily identify what ammo they contain. FMJ vs. JHP, that kind of stuff.

Anyone done this? What sort of paint should I use? I'm worried about the oils and solvents that will come in contact. Not too worried about flaking, as it will happen anyway . . . but I don't feel like repainting often.

Is this even possible? Or should I go with colored tape? Any better ideas?


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1 posted on 04/27/2013 7:27:02 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Use tape instead.


2 posted on 04/27/2013 7:28:39 PM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: 1rudeboy

How ya gonna read ‘em if ya do that ??


3 posted on 04/27/2013 7:29:07 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: NoLibZone

Or Glue bumps for low light situations.


4 posted on 04/27/2013 7:29:53 PM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: tomkat

Sorry, should’ve said “clips.” ;)


5 posted on 04/27/2013 7:29:59 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

get the little 3m pull out plastic tabs, all kinds of colors available, ya can write on the tabs.. pretty cheap


6 posted on 04/27/2013 7:31:18 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NoLibZone

What kind of glue?


7 posted on 04/27/2013 7:31:34 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

If you want a paint that will be truly solvent resistant, you’re looking at the Duracoat process, which can be a it involved and expensive. It would probably be cheaper to simply buy a cheap engraving tool or engraving tip for a Dremel at a local hardware store.


8 posted on 04/27/2013 7:32:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: 1rudeboy

LOL .. nope, you’d a caught more hell for *that*


9 posted on 04/27/2013 7:32:50 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: 1rudeboy

Great idea. Here’s what I’d do:

Gold - Self-defence JHP’s, +P’s, etc.
Silver - Standard JHP’s
White - FMJ’s
Black or Khaki - Target rounds, non FMJ.


10 posted on 04/27/2013 7:33:00 PM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Clear Silicone.

Create a system that makes sense to you.


11 posted on 04/27/2013 7:34:05 PM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: tomkat

Two ways: 1. Use different colored tape on the bottom. OR
2. Use felt tip pen to write on a neutral color
tape on the bottom.ie: RN; HP; etc etal.


12 posted on 04/27/2013 7:35:18 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2013! Geaux, Pack, Geaux!)
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To: 1rudeboy

What are the floorplates made of? Metal or plastic? There are special paints made for plastics. But as NoLibZone said, why not use colored tape instead?


13 posted on 04/27/2013 7:35:46 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: 1rudeboy
Seriously tho, metal or plastic ?

If the latter, try the pointed tip of a small butane soldering iron .. make up your own dot pattern/code .. barely have to touch it to make a nice little dimple.

Would work in low/no light situations too.

14 posted on 04/27/2013 7:35:49 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: 1rudeboy

I used acrylic enamel (used for folk art - Walmart or Hobby Lobby will have it - at Walmart it’s in the arts/crafts, not paint section) on my 2-round en-bloc clip for my Garand to separate it from all the 8-rounders. The paint has stayed on for more than 2 years, several competitions, and has not flaked. It is in the grooves on the clip, and the high points I just let rub off.


15 posted on 04/27/2013 7:36:19 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS
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To: tomkat

In this particular case, metal. But my question is general, because I had no clue. I’ve already gotten some great ideas. Thanks, everybody.


16 posted on 04/27/2013 7:38:04 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

permanent marker or tape


17 posted on 04/27/2013 7:39:04 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Fingernail polish or model airplane paint. Find some on sale in luscious colors. Might as well be stylish. Who’s goin’ to laugh, you’ve got a gun?

Be sure to degrease where the paint touches.


18 posted on 04/27/2013 7:39:06 PM PDT by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: 1rudeboy
I like this painting of a magazine.


19 posted on 04/27/2013 7:39:26 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Finger nail polish


20 posted on 04/27/2013 7:39:40 PM PDT by G Larry (Darkness Hates the Light)
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To: 1rudeboy
I once had someone put stickers over all of the naughty bits in a Playboy magazine they gave me as a gag gift when I was "under age".

(Thankfully they did miss one naught bit, though!)

21 posted on 04/27/2013 7:41:59 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: haffast
Who’s goin’ to laugh, you’ve got a gun?


22 posted on 04/27/2013 7:42:17 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: 1rudeboy
Try some epoxy paint
23 posted on 04/27/2013 7:42:50 PM PDT by caveat emptor (!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Since the case is metal you could take a Dremel and mark a design on the case (rectangle, your initials, whatever). Then paint. When the paint is almost dry, take a rag and wipe it off. The paint in the grooves of the design will stay put.


24 posted on 04/27/2013 7:42:53 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Multicolored paper dot stickers from Staples. You can remove or replace as needed


25 posted on 04/27/2013 7:43:20 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: 1rudeboy
"Someday everything's going to be different
When I paint my magazines"
26 posted on 04/27/2013 7:45:12 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.
Got to have proper equipment.


27 posted on 04/27/2013 7:47:16 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Don’t know if it would work, but I’ve used fingernail polish on front sights with good luck. I think somebody even makes paint for sights.


28 posted on 04/27/2013 7:51:32 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: 1rudeboy

Paint your clips.

Take less time....


29 posted on 04/27/2013 7:52:14 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: tomkat
make up your own dot pattern/code

You bet. I did that for all my personal commercial kitchen equipment when I was in culinary school. Some barstid stole one of my bowls during the pastry practical exam and I found it because of the 'S' (3 dots closely spaced) that I had in everything I took to school.

I dumped his exam in the trash, and retrieved my steel bowl. Chef instructor watched the whole thing and I pointed out my 'mark'.

He failed. I passed.

Don't take my stuff. It's marked so I can find it in the dark.

/johnny

30 posted on 04/27/2013 7:54:42 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 1rudeboy
If I were going to paint the plates of my mags I'd go with the paint that I used on the sights of a few guns. It does not come off and is nice and glows nice and bright. Not for OpSec:
31 posted on 04/27/2013 7:54:46 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: 1rudeboy

I would think if you use the sight paint I posted they’ll be pretty bright given the surface you are covering.

I paid $25.00 about four years at Target Masters in Milpitas.


32 posted on 04/27/2013 7:58:14 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: 1rudeboy

lastly, you can order specific colors. I believe if you order individual they were something like $5-7 bucks.

Great idea.


33 posted on 04/27/2013 7:59:21 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: G Larry

Yep. I use metal snuff cans to store fish hooks and have the tops color coded with dots of nail polish for different hook sizes.


34 posted on 04/27/2013 8:00:28 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: 1rudeboy

Small piece of silver duct tape on the bottom of the HP mag.


35 posted on 04/27/2013 8:00:31 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Excellent !

('specially with instructor watching it all .. lol  ;-)

36 posted on 04/27/2013 8:02:28 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: 1rudeboy

I have painted several pistols which had bad finishes just to keep them from rusting. I did one in metallic blue thinking it would probably look good. Well it looks garish.

Probably just stick to black.

The good things are it is pretty easy to do and it does protect well.

The bad things are that it doesn’t look real good and it wears more quickly than most anything. I have never had a problem with flaking but all the parts that have contact with anything lose their paint fairly quickly.

I have a spray can of Krylon in lime green. I use a Q tip to paint the back of the front sight. That seems to work pretty well.


37 posted on 04/27/2013 8:02:46 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Not a pointillist, I hope.


38 posted on 04/27/2013 8:06:33 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: 1rudeboy

Here you go! http://www.roguetacticalcoatings.com/


39 posted on 04/27/2013 8:10:25 PM PDT by freeagle
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To: 1rudeboy

I’d go with fingernail polish in dots and dashes in code to represent the contents.


40 posted on 04/27/2013 8:16:08 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More
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It might be easier to get a colouring book than to colour your magazines, this will make them harder to read. Johnny says that you can paint one fuscia with saffron stripes. He says that you may paint one a solid teal and another may be painted perwinkle with azure in a houndstooth design. They would look special, good enough to display on a coffee table or use for a hat!

(Sarc.) Sorry, I cound not resist.

41 posted on 04/27/2013 8:37:48 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: 1rudeboy
Paint Pens work well for me.

Specifically "Super Met-Al Squeeze Action Marker" in yellow....

42 posted on 04/27/2013 8:49:33 PM PDT by gettinolder (Pursue the enemy relentlessly to the limit of every man's endurance.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Get some of that rubber (vinyl?) in a can. I’ve only seen red and black.
I dip pliers handles in it, my ‘tire knockers’ handles, brass knucks and other things.

I just look at the first cartridge in the magazine, but sounds like an interesting project.
You know how to remove the base-plate? Maybe powder-coating. You can pick that stuff up cheep at Harbor Freight.


43 posted on 04/27/2013 9:22:14 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: 1rudeboy
Paint markers

http://www.mcmaster.com/#paint-markers/=mifwnr

44 posted on 04/27/2013 9:25:34 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: 1rudeboy
IMO, you don't want to paint magazines, for several reasons.

First, you must be able to easily move tags between magazines, unless you have way too many empty magazines and can always use the properly marked ones.

Second, you should be able to read the tag by touch. This is important in low light situation, like when a home invasion is in progress at 3am. This is also important when you need to pull the proper magazine from where it is, without looking.

Third, magazines - as many parts of many firearms - have light-absorbing coating. If you use magazine pouches on the belt, the bottoms of magazines are exposed. If they are painted with sufficiently bright color, they will be better visible to other people. If you are geared up then probably this is not what you want.

Fourth, the paint probably will not ruin the feeding from the magazine, but are you willing to risk something that is very important to you to test that theory?

If you want to get fancy, get a few BBs and a few rolls of colored electrical tape. Put one, two or three BBs under the tape. Alternatively, punch one, two or three holes in the tape (so that you can count them by touch.) But most people, who are not professionally employed as US Navy SEALs, would do just fine with paper-based masking tape.

That said, fifth - once you learn your coding system you will want to maintain it. This means that any new magazine that you acquire should be quickly marked. Painting is not something that you can do anywhere; but the handyman's secret weapon - the duct tape - and a few small pebbles will get you going anywhere.

45 posted on 04/27/2013 9:37:35 PM PDT by Greysard
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46 posted on 04/27/2013 10:06:08 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: 1rudeboy

Hydrographics. You can find a local shop and take one mag base and ask if he can coat the base with something another customer is already using. I do that with our local hydrographic guy for a nominal fee since he is already set up.


47 posted on 04/27/2013 10:16:50 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: G Larry

“Finger nail polish”

After reading all the worried advise here, pink nail polish is probably the best. (snark, snark)


48 posted on 04/27/2013 11:09:30 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: 1rudeboy

color code with electrical tape. It comes in all colors. Use 3M brand, type 35. Does not get gummy.


49 posted on 04/28/2013 1:25:32 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Personally I just look at the top of the mag and see what ammo is in it.


50 posted on 04/28/2013 4:02:41 AM PDT by riverrunner
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