Painting a carbine.
We get a lot of questions about this, and we see a lot of people who spend a lot of money to have their carbine painted.
The reason for painting is to make the gun less visible. Black is the absolute worst color for a gun. It makes the gun more visible in both day or night.
A single earth tone color will partially accomplish this. Blending several of these colors together is better still.
Spending a lot of money for decals that replicate patterns (digital or otherwise) are expensive and certainly make the gun pretty.
However, they may not provide better camouflage than other methods.
Our priorities are:
Make the gun less visible
Minimal amount of time with the gun out of service
Easy to retouch
We use only Aervoe paint. We find the Aervoe to be more true to color specs and be more durable. Aervoe is available at some of the larger gun supply sites.
If you do not have access to Aervoe use whatever matte colors you can lay hands on.
Ignore PEO Soldier- Painting Your Rifle 101. They were smoking crack when they wrote this.
Use SLiP2000 725 cleaner or whatever cleaner you normally use (eg Simple Green etc)
. If the gun is heavily lubed wipe up the excess inside the upper and lower receivers- this will leak out.
Stuff some paper towel in the flash suppressor.
Put the lens covers on the optic.
If you have a white light on the gun, tape the lens and any rubber (push button, tape switch.
Remove anything you don’t want painted.
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