Painting a barrel?

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  1. Remfarmer

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    I just got my rifle back from the gunsmith. I want to be able to hunt with it but the shiny new Stainless steel is just that, shiny. I want to have it Teflon or cerecoated but time has run out. What harm would it be to paint it a flat/satin black for the season then bead blast and coat in January? If I paint it should I prime as well? Comments?
     
  2. Ggmac

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    I use a rust oleum semi or flat engine paint . Easy to spray on and pretty good with cleaning chemicals . No problem in removing . I'd scotchbrite the shiny barrel before applying the paint .
     
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    No harm, it just won't hold up well. Why not just bead blast it to a matte ss finish?
     
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    Ive had a barrel bead blasted to a matte stainless.. no issues hunting.. have a bunch that are shiny stainless, still never had a problem hunting...
     
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  5. Intheshop

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    You can spray bomb it and remove it easy enough.

    One thing we do on shiny bow limbs(longbows,recurves) that we don't want to paint....take some wax and halfarse smear it on,don't polish.It'll kill the shine and it wipes right off.Beeswax or paraffin (canning wax from grocery store).
     
  6. AckleymanII

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    In a pinch, my hunting rifle barrels get Walmart's camo duct tape. Some have stuck their nose up at tape, till they get a shooting demonstration.

    After season is over, check out Black Chrome...it will never rub off...no reflection.

    I have painted a lot of my own barrels, see Gmac's post.
     
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  7. Remfarmer

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    I wish I had requested bead blasting upfront. I really wanted to hunt this year with this rifle and if I thought it would have been ready now I would have.
     
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    You can do the bead blast yourself. I hate to say it but, before I got a proper blast cabinet. I used the small harbor freight gun and their glass media. Don't get me wrong there is no substitute for a proper cabinet but it can be done so you can get hunting.

    Nick
     
  9. Ggmac

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    I forgot AckleymanIIs idea , tape . Easy on easy off . Change to suit season and location .
     
  10. JRS

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    Since this is temporary, use a cheap camo T-shirt. Cut out a section and wrap it around the barrel. You can secure it with a couple of rubber bands.
     
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    They make a material similar to 3m vet wrap bandage material that only sticks to itself you can wrap your barrel and scope with it and then remove it easily with no residue and it is even reusable. I bought mine at cabelas. It comes in multiple camouflage pattern
     
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    I paint zillions of barrels with Rustoleum Professional flat Black rattle cans and it holds up very good..
     
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  13. Will Henry

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    I once was in a hurry to "matte" a barrel so I just dabbed Tremclad flat back on with a brush with the intent being to do a better job of it after the hunt. That was twelve years ago and it's still being hunted with the same finish. I cleaned the barrel with brake cleaner first. WH
     
  14. Kurz

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    Remfarmer,

    There is no reason whatsoever to go to the bother of bead blasting and painting your barrel for this short term use.

    All you need is some camouflage tape applied to the shiny parts and trimmed to fit. You don't even have to remove the barreled action from the stock. If you change locations, change the tape.

    I bought a brand new, shiny shotgun right before duck hunting season. If you have hunted ducks, you know they will flare off at the least little thing that doesn't look right. I bought some camouflage tape and voilĂ , excellent camouflage and no ducks lost to reflections.

    Best.
     
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    This is what I did, works well, doesn't change POI.
     
  16. allen529

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    Bead blast yourself or get it done for you and then duracoat it. Easy to do. Any color you want and it air cures.
     
  17. DOGCAPPER

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    Painted a truck rifle with spray can" hammer finish" looks good on a hunting gun. Color is greenish black.
     
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    That's what I did to my Marlin Dasher. It's a HUNTIN rifle. Barlow
     
  20. theMadAlaskan

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    An old friend of mine was a hunting guide in Alaska. Periodically his rifle would get a fresh coat of Krylon flat black. He even had clients comment on it and would want to know what kind of finish it was. He told them it was "Thompsonized". (His last name)
     

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