I've got this compulsion to paint things! I've had it all my life! In fact, I stayed in trouble as a teen for painting things" without asking." I once painted my dad's '73 starcraft camper. It really needed it, and I did a good job! But upon my dad returning home to see it, he immediately left only to return later with a 5 gal bucket of acetone. Good memmories...... I've since painted thirty or so cars, a pair of jets skis, dozens of motorcycles, a casket, bicycles, a stunt airplane, a tanning bed, etc. Now that I'm into guns(relatively recently), that compulsion hasn't left me. I've been yerning to coat part of my collection! My problem is, none of my guns need to be coated.... So when my bro inlaw picked up a heavily worn Para GI Expertat a gun show, I jumped at the opportunity to tell him how horable it looked! And then, I offered up my services if he'd buy coating. I'm sure you guys have all kinds of opinions on different coatings. It seemed that cerakote is one of the strongest DIY coatings but is harder to apply. yadda yadda, heres the pics. detail stripped and blasted before and after I wanted to do a different color scheme, but he's a marine and this is what he wanted. Turned out great! Finish is identical to the factory finish on my Kimber! And the best part is that I have enough cerakote to do about 20 more guns! next up! This ones going burnt bronze and black.