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I got a little bored and thought about cleaning, repairing, and repainting some on my AR-15 prebans. After just painting one of my mags, I ran out of paint. So i figured I would try something a little different. I've been doing custom paint jobs for cars for a while, so why not on a mag. Now I've never heard of anyone doing this, so why not try it out... "Powder Coating Magazines" I've done them for all sorts of parts, and they have always seemed to stand up to wear & tear. So hear we go...

Started out with these. Some needed dents repaired, fixed a few cracks, and a little spring cleaning.
Bumper Automotive exterior Gas Auto part Automotive lighting

After fixing, I ended up just scrubbing with an S.O.S. pad.
Rectangle Gas Wood Composite material Metal

Applied the powder, put in kiln, baked around 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes. After the cooled, i replaced the followers
This is the test batch. they turned out with a very nice finish.
Brown Bag Luggage and bags Material property Wood

As for how well they hold up at the range or in combat? The closest thing I could come up with is, letting my Great Dane play fetch with one. I few minor dings (almost unseen) and that was it. Now only 180 more to refinish. Going to be a long night.
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Any issue with the known thickness increase inherant w/powdercoat?

If you've got a mag toward the upper side of spec width and a magwell toward the bottom side, (or even just a thickly finished lower), even just a few thousandths of overcoating will cause problems like tough insertion and no drop free.

That's the primary reason most restorers don't/won't powdercoat actually.
Well, that and its a SOB to get off there if you do end up a victim of the above issues and need to strip it off.

Not a super big deal in most states if it does end up too thick as they can just be tossed in the trash and replaced with new, but folks in the limited~to~preban~normal~capacity~mags can find that little adventure more than just a bit cost prohibitive.
Well look a you, mister all the right tools LOL
They do look very nice though

How are you dealing with dents?

Slap hammer, some kind of dolly, levers, pulling with a glue stick or what?
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