Originally Posted by ShelledPants
Personally, I like the wear which occurs from NOT finishing a paint job, makes the gun look as used as they are.
Ya, me too. I put clear coat on my M24 after painting, roughed it up with fine steel wool, looked great (and is showing wear after all those years of use. My MP5SD I put clear coat on, ended up being too shiny, didn't look right, so I roughed it up too, but it had lots of hard to reach spots and looked funny. Kinda regret clear coat on it.