This post is more about the colored furniture than the rifles. Some people want different options in terms of color on their parts which may not be available from the manufacturer. Aside from using spray paint or any home finishes like DuraCoat, one popular and cheap option is Rit Dye, a fabric dye you can find at Wal-Mart or other stores for under $2.00. Instead of painting the outside, the dye enters the plastic and colors it a few millimeters deeps. Small scratches won’t chip or show the original color.
Using a dye means its recommended to go from a lighter color to a darker one, so for gun parts, FDE (Flat Dark Earth) is ideal as the base color. One thing to remember when using Rit Dye is that the amount of time you keep the parts soaking will determine the shade. Its best to soak all parts at the same time if you want them in a uniform color. If you’re very patient and have decent masking tape skills, you can dye parts in patterns. (GRH)