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    Default Restored Maadi ARM

    Here is one of my 95 ARM's after a major make over.



    This rifle was quite a challenge.
    When I bought it, it still had the T-hole set-up and the gasblock and front sight base were canted in opposite directions.
    Needless to say, this caused problems.
    The bold carrier was jammed in a half open postion as well.
    Add to that the rear of the reciever was twisted and the rear trunnion was not installed correctly.

    I went through and corrected everything in turn, removing and replacing the rear trunnion, replacing the gas block with a late cast transition block with bayo lug, and cleaning up the casting marks and weld on the front sight.

    Here is a pic after the repairs and before refinishing.


    Next came the finish removal in the blast cabinet, a drop in the park tank followed by a new epoxy enamel paint job.

    Last but not least is a very nice late Russian lamianted stock set all finished to match.

    US parts are a Global slant comp, FSE trigger group and mag floorplate, and a Tapco gas piston.

    This ARM looks every bit as good as my Steyr.
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    Looks most excellent Z! Here's a picture of a Maadi ARM I refinished last year with MolyResin and some new refinished furniture by.... guess who?! Can you tell me more about the epoxy paint you used? It looks great!
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    The paint is Rustoleum Appliance Epoxy.
    You can get it at Lowes or HD.

    I spray it on and bake it.
    If you bake it at low temps, ~300 or so, you will get a very glossy finish. Rainsin the temp up to ~400 will get you a nice semi-gloss finish. It also helps to have park as a base for durability and to cut the gloss somewhat.

    There was a thread on this either here or at gunsnet about all the home finishes with a lot of good info.

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    Very nice, I know the receiver and blocks issues were a pain. I have an AMD63 with a massively canted gas block thats on my list of things to do. (someday)






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    Quote Originally Posted by Z_recto
    The paint is Rustoleum Appliance Epoxy.
    You can get it at Lowes or HD.

    I spray it on and bake it.
    If you bake it at low temps, ~300 or so, you will get a very glossy finish. Rainsin the temp up to ~400 will get you a nice semi-gloss finish. It also helps to have park as a base for durability and to cut the gloss somewhat.

    There was a thread on this either here or at gunsnet about all the home finishes with a lot of good info.
    Yeah, that thread was on gunsnet. It's where I got the idea to try it out and I've been using your recommendation of baking at 400 degrees and it turns out great.

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    Ive got the same thing, and a refinish job will be the next major change I make to it. The barrel finish is totally thrashed from things I did before I knew better.
    Nice work, Z!

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    Z-Recto and laminate wood are the only two things that keep me interested in AK wood.
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    Perfect color on the wood. beautiful rifle.

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    Very nice work.
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