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Old 12-30-2014, 11:00 AM
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I recently picked up a Colt ar15, sp1. 1978. All original in excellent condition. The only issue is that the original owner had the furniture hydro dipped with a black and white digital pattern. I want to bring it back to the original flat black. I have thought of Soda/bead blast it then have it redipped flat black, or paint it.

What is your suggestions?
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Old 12-30-2014, 01:14 PM
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Redipping or recoating is gonna run you around $100-150 to have it professionally done, plus whatever cost you have in stripping the existing finish.

Considering that the "all original" kinda gets thrown out the window since it will have been painted and repainted, I'd likely just replace the furniture. Should be able to get it done for less than $150, and don't have to hassle with any work being done.

If you're set on keeping the original furniture, then I'd be careful about what removal technique you choose. Some of these finishes are tougher than the underlaying plastic will be, so if you poke through while blasting, you might find you've bored a hole through the plastic and left surrounding finish intact. Of course, chemical stripping of these plastic parts is out of the question, so blasting or manual removal methods are really your only options.

You might consider just painting over the existing finish. If it's well done and could be prepped easily enough to receive another coating, that might be the least expensive, least expansive option.

If it were mine, I'd be poking around to find new furniture for it, unless you're dead set on keeping it original (which it already isn't, and really can't ever be again). If I wanted to keep the original furniture, I'd do as little manual stripping as required to prep for the new finish, then dip/paint it.

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Old 12-30-2014, 01:58 PM
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I have been looking all over for a1 furniture. So far found the bakelite grip and some beat up stocks, but the triangled hadguard is proving impossible to find. Most of what i have found is going to need some kind of refinishing. I just cant figure out why someone would hydro dip this nice of a collectors piece. Thank goodness they left the metal alone.
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