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    Posted: August 30 2020 at 7:25pm
he!!o I just bought my first surplus firearm (A Lee Enfield No4 Mk1/2 from RTI) and there is a black paint(?) on all the parts that werent open to the elements (the barrel inside the stock, the metal pieces beneath the stock bands) I was just wondering just what is that.
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Welcome to the forum. 

The No. 4 rifles left the factory with a black coating, resembling enamel.  Others here will know the technical name for it, but it is no longer available.  Most of the metal was painted black.  Over the years, it may have come off from the exposed areas, or a previous owner attempted to remove it.  The steel was first phosphate treated, and will appear dull gray where paint was removed. 
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Its one of a series paints from "Suncorite" they all have numbers. Its hard to find now because it was declared a carcinogen.
This is NOT to be confused with the gloppy wall paint the Indians slopped everywhere with a 10" distemper brush Shocked as a rust prevention measure.
Real "Suncorite" is smooth, even & has a semi-gloss appearance.
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there it is - closest thing ive found to resemble it in these times is a stove black applied in a very thin coat , 

isnt it funny that everything good from back then now causes cancer and no longer available ? wonder when liberalism will be found to cause cancer ??????
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Welcome to the forum. The No4 Mk1/2 are generally very good rifles.
Please post some photos of your rifle.
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