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mcdaniel

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I spent the afternoon painting and putting a lower together. I had installed an MOE handguard last night, so it looks great.

Started with this Palmetto State Armory Lower


Cleaned it with this
 

mcdaniel

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I decided to enamel the Safe and Fire pictograms red and white, both flat. Paint is made by Testors
 

mcdaniel

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This is Enamel Thinner, its what I used to clean up the enamel after it is on the lower.


I like these blue shop towels. (And Diet Coke)
 

mcdaniel

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Here is one pictogram painted.


And here it is cleaned.


And here is the Fire pictogram painted.


And here is one side completely done.
 

mcdaniel

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To get the Magpul FDE color I had to mix my own. I used OD Green and flat tan. A diet coke cap makes a handy paint holder.


Here is the logo and roll mark with the enamel on.


This is what it looks like when you are wiping the excess off.


Almost clean...


All done.
 

mcdaniel

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Here is the LPK going in, Liberal use of tape to avoid scratches.


Almost there...


And the buttstock is in----Lower is done.
 

mcdaniel

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And here is the final product... Delton Middy upper, YHM flip up gas block and flip up rear. MAGPUL MOE furniture.

I plan to swap out a few pieces- but everything will either stay on this rifle or go into a pistol build I am collecting parts for- God bless the modular platform.
 

Dave29461

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Looks great. Like the highlighting on the pictograms and labels. Really like the midlength upper.
Dave
 

thebrasilian

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Nice job!

did you have to thin the paint for it to run into the grooves or did it flow fine?
 

mcdaniel

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Thanks.

I did not thin the paint. I used toothpicks as "paintbrushes" and by tracing the grooves, I got decent coverage. I did two coats on the FDE that I mixed up. I didn't want to have to try to match it at a later date.
 

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Hey Buddy...Looks GREAT....and see....you didn't even know you were an artist...

Steve
 

mherman18

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I would like to know the exact steps you did because I am ordering a spikes lower to build and thought about this and didn't know how to approach it. Thanks in advance!
 
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My wife and I did the markings and calibers on my USP 45 and her Glock 36 using bright red crayon and then scraping off the excess with a credit card.
 
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