I'm thinking about the same thing but I do not thing you should remove the blueing. Degrease it and paint it. I know some people think this is a bubba process but a rifle is a tool. You can spend a couple of hundred on Duracoat (an excellent process) but what do you do when it needs touch-up, re-coat it. WalMart sells Krylon gun camo paint $4.50 a can. I've heard our sniper forces simply krylon them.
Don't do it. just re blue it with a Hoppes gun blue kit.easy to use and you won't you wont be sorry.I've spent hours on several occasions de bubbaizing painted rifles. Synthetic stocks OK, metal never.
Nope. I've only used what I posted in the last pic.
Also, you can remove the Krylon with some more break cleaner and scrubbing. However, you can also coat it with Krylon flat (no gloss) clear coat to make even more durable. I beat on my guns pretty hard though and the normal Krylon stays great. The key is to degrease well with break cleaner before painting!!!
+1 for krylon. Carb cleaner stripps it off in no time so you can change up the pattern/colors. Search for "painting gun" and you will see several threads of what others have done.
I have painted several bolt guns and an AR-15. It is hard the first time, especailly on high dollar firearms. I am still trying to build the courage to paint the FN PBR and optics. It took me a week to get the nerve to paint the AR.
1) paint is not a very durable finish.
2) paint smells like paint.
3) most paint doesn't like heat.
4) most moving parts on firearms don't like paint.
5) paint will in all likelihood devalue your firearm.
6) bluing is easy and rewarding (may also devalue your firearm but not like paint)
I wish I had before and after pics of a couple I bought really cheap that were painted. Don't get me wrong paint can be used properly on synthetic stocks etc. But there are much better finishes available for metal.
It's yours do what you will but fixing a boogered up blue job is very easy.