Skip to comments.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?
Use tape instead.
How ya gonna read ‘em if ya do that ??
Or Glue bumps for low light situations.
Sorry, should’ve said “clips.” ;)
get the little 3m pull out plastic tabs, all kinds of colors available, ya can write on the tabs.. pretty cheap
What kind of glue?
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.
LOL .. nope, you’d a caught more hell for *that*
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.
Create a system that makes sense to you.
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.
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?
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.
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.
In this particular case, metal. But my question is general, because I had no clue. I’ve already gotten some great ideas. Thanks, everybody.
permanent marker or tape
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.
Finger nail polish
(Thankfully they did miss one naught bit, though!)
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.
Multicolored paper dot stickers from Staples. You can remove or replace as needed
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.
Paint your clips.
Take less time....
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.
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.
lastly, you can order specific colors. I believe if you order individual they were something like $5-7 bucks.
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.
Small piece of silver duct tape on the bottom of the HP mag.
('specially with instructor watching it all .. lol ;-)
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.
Not a pointillist, I hope.
Here you go! http://www.roguetacticalcoatings.com/
I’d go with fingernail polish in dots and dashes in code to represent the contents.
(Sarc.) Sorry, I cound not resist.
Specifically "Super Met-Al Squeeze Action Marker" in yellow....
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.
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.
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.
“Finger nail polish”
After reading all the worried advise here, pink nail polish is probably the best. (snark, snark)
color code with electrical tape. It comes in all colors. Use 3M brand, type 35. Does not get gummy.
Personally I just look at the top of the mag and see what ammo is in it.