Is it ok to rattle-can a Wilcox G24 mount?  I hate having black on my gear where I can avoid it, but I also don't want to gum up the moving parts of my very expensive mount.  Will Rustoleum (or equivalent) mess up NVG mounts, or is it ok?  Has anyone done this?  What were your results?

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Oh hell yeah, it's being done all the time.  I used Duracoat on mine and it didn't gum up shit.  If it gets in the way, it will scrape off, no worries.  After the paint cured, I re-lubed it with synthetic oil, and it works just fine.  Really the only issue is if you are worried about re-sale value; if not, then drive on.  

 

This was a tanodized G24 now coated with Duracoat "Magpul FDE" which is a nice flat tan.  In fact, I sprayed it on everything you see here: -14, arm, mount, shroud, not to mention rails, admin light, and comms.  

"Pacifism is a shifty doctrine where a person claims all the benefits of the body politic, without any of the responsibilities, and then claims a halo for their dishonesty." Heinlein

I tried to be too clever in painting up one of those Ti Norotos rhinos back when they were pretty new, and disassembled it, hoping to use the paint as a coating. Didn't work and a hell of a lot of trouble. Without going into the details of that weird device, just rattlecan it as you would a rifle and very much as @Diz said: 

  • Open it all the way up to get as much painted as possible. 
  • Degrease very well, maybe scuff it a bit.
  • Good paint. Fewest coats you can get away with. Thin coats. 
  • Rotate regularly, get all sides. Carefully, so you don't mess with the paint you have on, move the bits to get all of it painted. 
  • Let it cure. Three days at least. A week is better. Three weeks is best. 
  • Lube it... THEN start moving it. Then lube it a bit more. 

Some will scratch off, that's fine. It's still better than all black, and now you have a base, can re-spray it quickly when it gets worn enough it really bugs you for the primary task of hiding. 

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life. – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Joined: 19NOV2004   Location: Mission, Kansas

Seems nice but super low res and has the giant photobucket logo over it. I'd love to see details. And hear more how it worked. Any change to function, scraping off too much, etc? 

Should have taken a photo, just at a friend's house before we went to the airshow, harassed his coworkers, and he had his helmet on a shelf with shroud and NODs very poorly painted. Need to send him this as inspiration

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life. – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Joined: 19NOV2004   Location: Mission, Kansas

I don't know how to get rid of that dumb watermark.  Here's another stab at a higher-res upload.  Better?

As you can (hopefully) see, the central cylinder about which the mount rotates has tolerances so tight that they take the paint right off when you rotate the mount.  Which is probably a good thing...the mount would rattle if it didn't.  Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out.  No more black, and very flat/matte.  It shouldn't draw your eye in most environments.

G24 up

 

G24 down

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