How To: Spray Paint Your AR by Fathom Arms

You can never customize an AR-15 too much (though some may argue some customization excessive. I fall into the former camp, although I have not yet had the gum-shun to re-color my firearms except through a  professional Cerakote provider. Up to assuade my concerns and show me the light is Fathom Arms, with a delightful time-lapsed video of them spray-painting up a great little rifle.

Maybe I should try it myself…

*Hat tip to Ben at for the original post. 

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I think you mean “assuage” but that’s irregardless.

    • iksnilol

      Yet you use the word irregardless.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Get your humor chip upgraded.

      • Abram

        Cluck cluck.

  • Jack MF’N Burton

    Just finished mine. I used brownells Aluma-Hyde and fishnet stockings.

    • USMC03Vet

      Have you paid your dues, Jack?

    • Capt. Obvious

      Does wearing fishnet stockings help make you a better painter?

      • Jack MF’N Burton

        I wouldn’t say it makes me “better” but it does make me feel pretty while I do it.

  • Vitsaus

    I was about to roll my eyes until I heard motorhead. All was forgiven.

  • Cameron Bissell

    Did it plenty with my Airsoft guns when I was younger, with my bolt guns I will paint the stocks but haven’t done the actions

  • Ethan

    I’m looking to get mine done in a light tan cerakote, and then go all Krylon crazy on it.
    Single color cerakote isn’t that expensive..

  • MrEllis

    What if you drop it in the woods, then you’ll never find it.

    • iksnilol

      Drop what? There’s only a table there.

  • RickH

    I do this with all my firearms! In fact I let my 7 year old grandson do it!

  • tony


    • MrEllis

      Tacticool! Should have c-clamped the spray can, sign of a true amateur…

    • nadnerbus

      Eh, just fun and looks, personally. I duracoated my mini a while back, but part of that was because the bluing sucked and it rusted in the rain. I just did solid tan colors.

      Same reason some guys hang nuts from their trailer hitch or put flames down the side of their Camero I guess.

      • Jack MF’N Burton

        Why did I paint mine? ol Jack says…what the hell.

        • MrEllis

          Dude, check out my shirt, I wore it today even. Mouse over my profile!

          • Jack MF’N Burton

            I feel pretty good. I’m not, uh, I’m not scared at all. I just feel kind of… feel kind of invincible….is it getting hot in here or is just me

    • n0truscotsman

      Because of improved IR resistance and camouflage compared to black.

    • iksnilol

      Probably to help against rust… + it looks cool.

  • Scott Tuttle

    I really dislike instructional videos where they play music instead of instructing you. I’m guessing they probably learned a few tricks and tips to pass on while doing it that we’ll never now about.

    • ghost

      Never watched porn have you?

  • Phillip Cooper

    Krylon works great. It’s a lot more durable than you’d think.

  • Grindstone50k

    How to spray paint a rifle:

    1. Obtain rifle
    2. Obtain spray paint
    3. Spray rifle with spray paint

    • Bill

      2A: Shake can as needed

  • BrandonAKsALot

    Everything I build is spray painted. The single most important thing is the prep. Even the best paint will not stay without proper prep. Remove old coatings/finishes (unless it’s parkerizing or similar), sand flat, but keep it at 400 grit or below, and then degrease thoroughly.

  • Jack MF’N Burton

    Yes sir, the check is in the mail.

  • Bill

    I’ll spray some of my nylon kit dependent on the season: OD in warmer months, brown & gray in winter. I think it probably looks like crap, but I can’t see it.

  • 6.5x55Swedish

    Merlin has blocked this video in your contry…

  • n0truscotsman

    Aervoe and krylon are the only two I use. Cant go wrong with either one. I noticed the same thing though, and have always been preferential towards aervoe, even though it costs more per can. I also like that aervoe seems to be in more earth-toned shades than krylon, which seems brighter and more obvious.

  • ghost

    You Did What!!!!

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