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What do you use to touch up scratches in your AR Receivers?


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I've put a nick or two in my AR Receivers over the years and thought that there may be something out there to spot treat them a bit.  Just curious, I can live with them as they are working guns so I expect scratches etc.  But if I can help preserve them a bit I'll do it.

 

Thanks.

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I've used something as simple as sharpie for small surface scratches on receivers and scopes before.  

 

Next step up that actually lasts on handled parts in my mind is:

https://www.foreinnovations.com/product_p/pen_black.htm

 

There are homebrew anodization kits as well, but I've never experimented with them.

https://www.caswellplating.com/anodize-touch-up-kit.html

 

  I'd rather just dive in and do the whole thing as a diy duracoat, alumahyde, etc. Had good luck with those if care is taken and you have basic tools and a place to work. 

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17 hours ago, Talon75 said:

Birchwood Casey makes aluminum black, comes in a pen or a bottle depending on how much you need . Looks like it's the same as the Caswell plating stuff with similar results.

Talon that's the stuff I was actually looking for, have some birchwood casey touch up stuff.  Assume it's all the same from different manufacturers just a different label.  

 

21 hours ago, TonytheTiger said:

I like to hide the scratches. With more scratches.

Tony - the never fail solution!!! And the cheapest option!

 

 

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Got my Firebird billet receiver in the white, sent it off to Ion Bond, along with the barrel and comp from JP. Only shows wear when there are parts that impact on each other, like the back radius just below the buffer tube. About eleven years of use at least twice a month.

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On 3/31/2020 at 10:39 PM, minnesota1 said:

I've put a nick or two in my AR Receivers over the years and thought that there may be something out there to spot treat them a bit.  Just curious, I can live with them as they are working guns so I expect scratches etc.  But if I can help preserve them a bit I'll do it.

 

Thanks.

Here's a recent demo:  https://www.arbuildjunkie.com/fix-scratches-ar-15/

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