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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

AR15 Aluminum Magazine Refinish

Tutorial provided by Eric Kulpinski.

So you have some G.I. aluminum magazines laying around, or picked some up from your local Army surplus store or online seller, and want to make them better looking or more durable. With a few simple steps you can give these magazines a finish that will last and provide the user with a good grip to grab them out of pouches.

The first step will be to remove the existing paint on the magazine. Disassemble the mag by removing the floor plate and then remove the spring and follower. There are several methods that can be used to strip the paint down to aluminum. These results were achieved using a sandblaster, but chemical agents and steel wool or fine sandpaper would work, albeit with more effort.

The products used for this project include Krylon Dual paint and primer in black, and Rustoleum Truck Bed Coating, available at most hardware/paint stores. After the magazine has been stripped, wipe it thoroughly with a clean rag to ensure a good surface for the paint/primer to adhere to.

After the primer coat has dried and set, you'll want to mask off the area that is within the magazine well. Then spray the magazine with the Rusto truck bed liner. This gives the magazine a very positive grip, and provides good scratch resistance.

You can just mask off the top portion to give the entire rest of the magazine the durable coating, or even mask in strips for a different effect, as shown in the two examples below:

After the treatment, some Magpul anti-tilt followers have been installed in these to improve the feeding. Now what started as old, cheap magazines can be a great addition to any magazine loadout, hopefully proving to be very reliable and durable.

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