The No-Longer-Pink AK Project…

The Pink AK had its very brief moment in the sun a long time ago. Ian and I painted one up and presented it to Landlady as a joke…

…and she hated it. It has spent the intervening years in the farthest, darkest corner of the most ignominious closet she could find. Recently, given the news that I was looking for a wooden AK buttstock, she handed it to me and suggested I do something not-pink with it. Anything at all, as long as she never had to gaze upon it again. I was given to understand that large hammers would not be considered out of reason.

Well, it wasn’t the rifle’s fault. So as soon as the weather moderated a bit I made plans to just make the pink go away.

The original plan involved Landlady’s barn, but it takes a long time for it to warm up this time of year and the morning dawned without wind. So I screwed a couple of cuphooks into the woodshed’s lintel and got to work.

I immediately made two mistakes.

Even though I sprayed carefully the cheap-ass primer from the local hardware store sagged and dripped like a sonovabitch.

Plus I forgot how all-pervasive that pink was. We shot the pink paint on the rifle as soon as the parts kit hit the receiver, before it even had a firing group. Without stripping off the wooden furniture I was never going to get rid of it all. This was not going to be a quicky “let’s paint it camo.”

So this could take a while. But the Pink AK is pink no more.

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3 Responses to The No-Longer-Pink AK Project…

  1. Mike says:

    Reminds me of my SKS project last summer. Maybe a little late but have you though of taking the stripped action and, after plugging the barrel at both ends, submerging it in Klean Strip to get the paint off?

  2. Joel says:

    May come to that, in the end.

  3. B says:

    Why plug the barrel? Just clean it out afterwards.

To the stake with the heretic!