Painting with Bob “Henry” Ross

9-Hole teaches rattle canning you rifle.

Painting a rifle versus cerakoting is an oft debated item among individuals wanting a custom theme. What I think most fail to recognize is that cerakote is just a high durability paint. So if you’re looking for a finish that is inexpensive and that you don’t mind if it wears and that you may have to touch it up, spray paint may be just the thing you are looking for.

Painting a rifle isn’t as daunting a task as people seem to think. It just must be completed with a little care. I think it comes with its own ‘fear factor’ of somehow freezing a part in place with drying paint. I understand the concern, believe me. But like staking your buffer tube castle nut on an AR, the concern of messing it up is vastly overblown. So paint away.

The key process you must keep in mind is the tolerance changes around moving parts, you do not want to thicken tight tolerance areas (like the trigger pin holes) to a point where they work suboptimally and cause things to be sticky. This is why Henry.. I’m sorry, Chinese Bob Ross, recommends all the tools that he does.

The greatest part is all of these items are inexpensive. Tape, paint, paper, all are hardware store easy grab items.

So go forth! Have fun! Paint well!

Keith Finch
Keith is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009, he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.