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    Default Easiest Finish for an AK?

    What is the easiest & cheapest way to finish an AK? Can one use gunkote or something similiar without ever parkerizing the rifle?

    any Ideas & sugeestions welcome. -Grim

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    Gunkote, BBQ paint, home bluing even.

    You could smear it with your own feces...... or whatever

    Seriously, there are several ways to go about it. I am thinking of trying bluing on one and have been told that after heat treating you should sandblast because it will get rid of the discolored areas before buing. My MAK90 was blued originally, but I'm thinking of parking and if I do I will send it to Bobby at Salbo arms as he does art! I need at least one gun that has had the spa treatment.

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    easiest finish is the kind that the MAADI company did to their AKs........spray paint it.......just make sure you do in a middle of the sand storm for that egyptian authentic finish
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    wipe it down with a few thin coats of Navel Jelly, it will give the receiver a light Phosphate coating. Then pait it with 500 degree Duplicolor header paint and bake at 400 degrees for 2 hours.
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    I'm assuming you also meant "good" - if not, please ignore the post....

    I've used Alumahyde, GunKote, Duracoat, Brownells baking laquer, and MolyResin.

    I would use only: GunKote, Duracoat, MolyResin

    Of the three, Duracoat is the easiest - no baking. But it will cost you. And don't touch the gun for a week.

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    Yeah I think the "easiest" is either Rustoleum Appliance Enamel or 1200 degree Duplicolor. Rustoleum from HD and Duplicolor from Wal Mart IIRC.

    I second the opinion to put some phosphate coating underneath the paint - that's what the factory does and it gives the paint a MUCH better surface to adhere to. I thought I'd be clever and not do it on one of mine, and guess what the paint started to peel off Whatever you do, I think the paint undercoat prep is THE hardest part of the build.

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    Easiest would be Aluma-Hyde II. Flat or Gloss

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    I agree with Duplicolor over parkerizing......never had a flake on my guns to date. Cheap, quick, and available at most Automotive stores.

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    easiest & cheapest and still looks great - Duplicolor 1200 degree ceramic, baked in the oven at 400 for 2-3 hours.. (or all night if you fall asleep......)

    clean all your parts with greased lightning or easy off. rinse good in warm water bake the parts for about 1 1/2 hour, this will get rid of any grease/oil in hiding. wipe everything down with acetone or epoxy thinner. don't use turp or paint thinner. naval jelly is good to as it will strip any existing finish to the metal.

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    Did you guys spray your duplicolor coated parts with solvents? Kleen-bore Degreaser has killed all the spray paints I've tried.
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