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#6314520 - 05/28/16 02:20 PM Painted scope
Wesomac Offline
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I picked up a scope on a gun I traded for. It has been painted. Anybody know how to get it back to original finish without messing it up? Take any advice I can get.
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#6314531 - 05/28/16 02:38 PM Re: Painted scope [Re: Wesomac]
Colt W. Knight Offline
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Registered: 03/22/11
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This comes down to the age old answer, " It depends." Depends on what kind of paint is on there and what kinda paint the scope has from the factory.

If it was a rattle can job, you may be able to rub it off with some 90% rubbing alcohol and a rag or denatured alcohol. Then try mineral spirits, then try acetone/lacquer thinner.

Or if you are really cautious, a
kitchen scrub pad and some warm soapy water.

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#6314583 - 05/28/16 04:09 PM Re: Painted scope [Re: Wesomac]
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Acetone and an old bath towel for a light abrasive.
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#6315577 - 05/29/16 07:10 PM Re: Painted scope [Re: Wesomac]
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I've been surprised at how easily some paint can be removed. Colt's alcohol suggestion is a great place to start.
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#6322232 - 06/04/16 06:04 AM Re: Painted scope [Re: Wesomac]
fr3db3ar Offline
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Registered: 02/08/15
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Loc: Holland, MI
Check out the citrus paint remover. I forget what the brand name is but you spray it on, 3 minutes later just wipe everything off. It worked great on a stainless barrel. Ymmv on the scope.

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