Gun Kote: how comparable to Kimpro/Armortuff etc ?


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asiparks
September 29, 2004, 12:48 AM
I've got an EAA Witness in bad need of a refinish. It doesn't have to look particularly classy, just functional so i was thinking of giving it a once over with Gun kote. If i prep, apply and cook it properly how durable can I expect it to be ?
cheers

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threefeathers
September 29, 2004, 01:49 AM
I've used it on two guns and it turns out to be extremly durable. Follow directions and bake a little longer than it calls for, I turned oven off but let gun in the stove all night. This stuff doesn't smell as bad as you might think so don't worry about the oven.

borderguy
September 29, 2004, 02:21 AM
I used Gun Kote to refinish the slides on my Kel-Tec and Sigma. Both turned out great.

asiparks
September 29, 2004, 03:38 AM
Thanks, i'll give it a shot then :D

stans
September 29, 2004, 06:45 AM
I have used GunKote a few times and it works as advertised. Metal prep is very important, as with any finish. Follow the instructions and you should not have any problems.

The first time I used GunKote it came in every color you could want, as long as you wanted black!

clipse
September 29, 2004, 10:33 AM
Have you thought about putting it on over a Parkerizing finish. You can get a parkerizing kit from Brownells for not too much and it should be very very durable. Also if you happen to scratch the GunKote then it would show as badly since the metal underneath is parerized. Just a suggestion.


clipse

SLCDave
September 29, 2004, 12:39 PM
I know a guy that does just that. He parks everything before he Gun Kotes (Dura-Coats) them. He says it's the way to go.

B27
September 29, 2004, 02:04 PM
The slide and some mags for this P228 are done in OD Gun Kote and the stuff has just been impressing the heck out of me with how durable it is.

http://www.fototime.com/8A0D16E2ADDD68F/standard.jpg

http://www.fototime.com/1B0EBF8D279660A/standard.jpg

I also have guns with Armor Tuff, Bearcoat and Black T on them.
Gun Kote is not nearly as pretty as any of them, but it appears to be tougher and more scratch resistant than any of them.

stans
September 29, 2004, 09:35 PM
GunKote recommends parkerizing before applying GunKote, they even sell their own do-it-yourself parkerizing solution.

asiparks
September 29, 2004, 10:52 PM
Thanks again guys for the info and especially the photos, that OD looks great. I'm much more about the scratch resistance than the good looks, (as I have those :D ), so an undercoat of parkerising seems the way to go. Next stop Brownells.....
cheers

roo_ster
September 30, 2004, 10:59 AM
I have thought about Gunkote-ing my Kel-tec P11, but I don't wnat to mes up the night sights wth the heat from the oven.

Have any of you "cooked" your slides with night sights? How did it turn out?

Black Snowman
September 30, 2004, 12:21 PM
You'd want to remove the sights before baking. All springs need to be out of the gun as they will lose tension if heated and would then have to be replaced.

I GKed my Glock 24P and so far it's holding up pretty well. The barrel is showing a little wear but it's much easier to clean the carbon off than it was.

Pic (http://home.kc.rr.com/bsmith1952/img/Guns/G24PpostGK.jpg)

Bugs66
October 7, 2004, 01:23 PM
GunKote recommends parkerizing before applying GunKote, they even sell their own do-it-yourself parkerizing solution.

They also recommend their phosphate substitute K-Phos (http://www.kgcoatings.com/kphos.html) which is what I use. Spray on K-Phos after blasting with 120 grit al-ox and it is a quick and acceptable substitute for parkerizing.

I have refinished my Kel-Tec P3AT and a complete FAL rifle with Gun-Kote. I love the stuff! Extremely durable and corrosion resistant.

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