Do any of you Duracoat your guns?

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  • Paradude

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    Hi,I want to Duracoat a gun of mine but have never done it before.I have seen the kit's in Shotgun News and wonder how hard it is.Would I need to dry the paint in my oven?Any help is appreciated.
     

    Jeff B

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    Disclaimer... I've never done this... but i talked to a guy that sells quite a few guns on another site, that has. We discussed it during a transaction. According to him, you need a cheap (Harbor Freight) blasting cabinet, media gun and air compressor. Then you strip the metal and finish off the item to be coated, solvent clean it to remove any grease or oil and then apply the Duracoat. Supposedly the application kits the sell work well, but for a number of pieces, you should look to getting your own airbrush.

    I've got a Mossberg project gun I'm thinking about trying it on.

    Jeff B.
     

    SteveW

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    It's my belief that one of the selling points of Duracoat is that you don't need to 'bake' it in an oven to cure it. It will cure on it's own over time.

    I have never used Duracoat, but use Norell Moly Coat on all my Military style guns. HKs, FN-FALs, ARs. Very happy with it. It does need a blast cab and an oven to cure the resin. As with all re-finishing, it is very sensitive to the underling surface. Prep is king..

    Matt Black FAL:



    Matt Black HK:


    Park Green and Black HK:




    Matt Black HK again:


    AR in Colt Grey (upper/lower receiver + barrel) and Matt Black (the rest):
     

    phatcyclist

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    I have a cheap little Hungarian Surplus .32 that I want to do some Duracoat on. I've thought about parkerizing it too, but I don't know if you can do that to aluminum.
     

    lilricky2

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    I do Dura, KG, and Norrells as well as some bluing and parking. You will do fine if you remember a coule of things.

    1. The paint needs to be well mixed. before application.

    2. Most importantly clean and degrease THOROUGHLY. Even the oils from your skin will ruin the new finish. I wear powder free latex medical gloves when I spray coat.

    You don't need to bake it to cure it, but for them to warranty the work it must be allowed to air cure for up to a month. Yes a month. Blasting is best but it can be sanded if necessary. You are just giving the coating a little "traction". Don't use glass beads and don't go too aggresive on the blasting media as you can actully create pits in carbon steel. Blast aluminum at a lower pressure than steel. I do aluminum at 40 psi and steel at 80-100 psi. Acetone works well on cleaning up your airbrush, spills and mistakes.

    Rick
     

    phatcyclist

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    I do Dura, KG, and Norrells as well as some bluing and parking. You will do fine if you remember a coule of things.

    1. The paint needs to be well mixed. before application.

    2. Most importantly clean and degrease THOROUGHLY. Even the oils from your skin will ruin the new finish. I wear powder free latex medical gloves when I spray coat.

    You don't need to bake it to cure it, but for them to warranty the work it must be allowed to air cure for up to a month. Yes a month. Blasting is best but it can be sanded if necessary. You are just giving the coating a little "traction". Don't use glass beads and don't go too aggresive on the blasting media as you can actully create pits in carbon steel. Blast aluminum at a lower pressure than steel. I do aluminum at 40 psi and steel at 80-100 psi. Acetone works well on cleaning up your airbrush, spills and mistakes.

    Rick

    Lots of great information, thanks!

    :cool:
     

    lilricky2

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    Not a problem. PM or email me if you have problems. If needed we can set up a phone call. It doesn't hurt to get a little help sometimes. Believe me, I've spent hours on the phone with John Norrell asking about his molly resin and everything else from degreasing to temperature settings, to humidity.

    Rick
     

    Shorts

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    I parked mostly but thought about Duracoat for a change of pace. Regardless of the finish, the guys above said it best, 'Prep is King'. You shortcut or get careless with that and the final finish will pay the price.

    Get your supplies, take your time and enjoy the fruits
     
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