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Old April 14, 2019, 09:37   #1
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Coloring Easter hand guards

Nice day today so I am catching up on a couple of projects.
Coloring hand guards to go along with previously painted USGI fiberglass stocks.

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Old April 16, 2019, 08:32   #2
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Why no purple, pink or pastel colored ones Brother Art?

You might get excommunicated from the M-14 Cult if you paint one with a Rainbow. That is Verboten!

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Why am I suddenly thinking about "Life Savers" candy? You go Art!
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Why no purple, pink or pastel colored ones Brother Art?

You might get excommunicated from the M-14 Cult if you paint one with a Rainbow. That is Verboten!

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Old April 17, 2019, 10:12   #5
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Nice day today so I am catching up on a couple of projects.
Coloring hand guards to go along with previously painted USGI fiberglass stocks.

So from to bottom; is it Harvester, Deere, Case, Caterpillar and Ford?

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So from to bottom; is it Harvester, Deere, Case, Caterpillar and Ford?

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Case and Harvester were both red. Sorry about the misrembering the orange for Harvester. Thanks for clearing that up.

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Allis Chalmers - orange
John Deere - green
Massey Ferguson - red
Caterpillar - yellow
Ford - blue
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Just for the halibut. Olive drab gets pretty boring after a time.
The nice thing is none are permanently colored.
USGI fiberglass stocks are just plain fun to mess with and easy to come by.

I think the blue looks much better than the drab.

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This is all fun and games until you start eyeing a FAL with a rattlecan of chartreuse in yer hand
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This is all fun and games until you start eyeing a FAL with a rattlecan of chartreuse in yer hand

I was thinking more on magenta for my 50.00 Belgian. Trouble is I would have to take the scope off or paint it the same. Haven't had the darn scope off in over in over 20 years. Maybe it's time.
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Finally had a day that was warm enough and dry enough for the last coat of paint on the stocks and handguards. Let them cure for a few days then they will be getting a couple coats of matte clear finish. Loving it.

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In middle of a 10/22 build used John Deere green but reduced it 50% as put on laminated thumb-hole stock and wanted some of the character of the lamination to show through lightly. Put enough coats on till had perfect blend of green with slight hint of lamination. Stainless receiver with KIDD .22LR Ultra Lightweight Fluted Rifle Bull Barrel threaded for a suppressor. Only OEM parts are the Ruger receiver and silver finish aluminum trigger housing. Everything else is aluminum and titanium except springs.

Building it to chase fast moving squirrel trying to run for the treeline at lake before they clear my fence line. Several have commented on the green being overly bright but now will be able to show them a true green rifle. If you have license to build and sell a booth set up at the big money tractor pulls and all those old Vietnam vets pulling a weighted sled with a $100,000 tractor would be lined up buying rifles to match their tractors. Might have to order some custom Cerakote colors and see how some of my bargain built poodle shooters sell in J.D. green, Massey Ferguson red, etc. May can double their value if match factory co9lors with a factory logo.

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My collection of tractor guns will hopefully be one of a kind. A conversation piece already in some places. Keeping the mall ninjas guessing makes my day.
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They look nice.

I painted a couple of plastic stocks, and I liked the way they looked, but for me they got kinda sticky and annoying when it was 110 degrees in the summer.
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They look nice.

I painted a couple of plastic stocks, and I liked the way they looked, but for me they got kinda sticky and annoying when it was 110 degrees in the summer.
Spend 40 years in a professional paint booth or go to a quality paint and body supply and the old guy who has been mixing paint for evert hung from plastic bumper covers to base coat/clear coat, urathane enamel, lacquer, etc and you may have to buy a $300 to $500 HVLP with agitater to spray it but plastic can be painted and paint won't melt till the plastic under it does. Random rattle cans don't work on everything. Cerakote and Durakote both make products for polymer parts that would work on FAL or other plastic firearms parts.
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My collection of tractor guns will hopefully be one of a kind. A conversation piece already in some places. Keeping the mall ninjas guessing makes my day.
I need to see it someday. When broke my back owned three steam engines, to John Deere icluding a fit yer 1948 crawler, almost a dozen Allis Chalmers, a Fordson and others. Maintaining tractors and broken back do not mix.
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I need to see it someday. When broke my back owned three steam engines, to John Deere icluding a fit yer 1948 crawler, almost a dozen Allis Chalmers, a Fordson and others. Maintaining tractors and broken back do not mix.
Dudley Diebold's tractor and engine museum is only a few minutes from my place. Haven't been there since he set it up. When it was his parents farm I took care of security for them. Sure am enjoying retirement and having time to play with stuff I only used to dream about.

There, 2 applications of matte clear coat and they are ready for curing.

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My collection of tractor guns will hopefully be one of a kind.
I don't think much hope will be needed to make that dream come true.
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Remember the John Deere SKS from years gone by? Can't find it. But it was cool. In context.
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Case and Harvester were both red. Sorry about the misrembering the orange for Harvester. Thanks for clearing that up.

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Actually Case has had an identity issue when it comes to color, and changed at least 5 times that I can think of.

From 1985 they have had the red, which they took on to make the IH guys feel better about them buying them out.

Same think happened in 1974 when Case bought David Brown, They had orchid white tin like DB had.

Prior to that, a color called "Desert Sunset" (a peach color)

Then "Flambeau Red" (actually orange)

Then gray

Back in the steam era they used some green

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FWIW, I'll keep my "13 letter shit spreader" parked and walnut thank you.

What did you use for paint? Colors all look off, maybe just the lighting. If you were on a tractor forum, the "correct police" would be all over you.
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FWIW, I'll keep my "13 letter shit spreader" parked and walnut thank you.

What did you use for paint? Colors all look off, maybe just the lighting. If you were on a tractor forum, the "correct police" would be all over you.
Well, aren't we a pile of rotting orange petals.

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NO offense intended. I have a couple wild laminate stocks myself. Do what makes you happy/

The colors look better on the caps, must just be a lighting thing.
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Very good.
I am liking these much more with the matte clearcoat applied.
All of the USGI stocks used had multiple coats of the thick dipped Olive Drab.
Took quite a bit of effort to remove the stuff.
The Farm Implement paint seems to be extremely durable.
Time will tell.
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I have J.D. Green from the J.D. supplier as well as Ford blue, Allis Chalmers orange and more that will pass the judges at any tractor show where restorations are being judged by the most anal people. If want can split off a pint and all you will need is a little hardner. I would paint at least twice, clear at least three times then color sand and buff till looked like a Rolls-Royce which is what they look for at tractor shows now. Not the single stage enamel with thin spots and runs found on originals. Somehow restorations need paint jobs that cost more than the tractor did these days to show.
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That is certainly not anything I have interest in.
These will just be used on the range here at my home.
Color choices have been brought up many times over the last 40 years of having visitors come and shoot.
Sometimes the bolt shooters ask about my M14s because I am always blabbing about when can be done. Around here every farmer, worth his salt , has a favorite tractor. Now I will have a selection to use instead of boring olive.
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As long as they are NOT French surrender white, I am ok.
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First Off Semper Fidelis and Welcome Home Sir.

Not as pretty as yours, Did this while I was still on active duty. First time doing a digital pattern, had made my own stencil based off the Marine Corps Cammis. The brown was too dark and it makes it look more black. This is my only M-14 Platform, a Polytech M-14S.

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Very nice camo rifle.
I have two camos. One is USMC early mac smear pattern and one is recent USGI fiberglass that has been hydro-dipped. Have to be careful these days when I set something down so I can find it again.
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Many of the Polytechs have more USGI parts than Springfield's from same era. Still kicking myself for not buying a dozen due to my Chinese prejudice.
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Many of the Polytechs have more USGI parts than Springfield's from same era. Still kicking myself for not buying a dozen due to my Chinese prejudice.
its closer to spec than most of the "new M1A's" as well other than the thread pitch for the screws. Reverse engineered by the chinese
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