Show me YOUR PICS of.....


March 28, 2008, 09:21 PM
.....guns that you have painted yourself.....and give the method, materials, and how easy/hard it was to do yourself.

I am thinking about doing the Duracoat or durabake type of process.

Any Tips N' Tricks you can offer are wanted.

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March 28, 2008, 09:45 PM
Here are some that I have done in DuraCoat.

Sig P226


After: (I dinged the take down lever re-assembling before the DuraCoat had fully cured. :o )

One of my SKS's that I did.



And finally an AR-15 receiver I did for a friend.



I wish I had the picture of the finished AR that this receiver was the basis for. It came out really nice!

None of these jobs were particularly hard. Just lots of disassembly, cleaning, degreasing, more cleaning, etc. The prep work on all the pieces amounted to roughing up the surfaces with steel wool. As can be seen on the Sig, don't be in a rush to put the weapon back together, no matter how badly you want to see it! Until the product is fully cured it will scratch easily. Other than that I can say that it has held up really, really well. I am love with this stuff!

All the stuff pictured here was done with the cheap airbrush kit that Lauer Custom Weaponry sells and it has served me very well.

Any questions just ask!

March 28, 2008, 09:49 PM
My WASR-10 (finish is still the same-and on the first coat I put on 4 years ago, but I switched it back to the orginal wood furniture after sanding, staining, and some tung oil).Century's original finish looked pretty crappy.A $5 can of flat black Rustoleum High Temp BBQ paint, and it looks great now.The paint literally dries completely in just a couple minutes (almost instantly if you blow on it or use a fan!), almost impossible to get it to run, is really quite dureable, and it good for up to 1400 F according to the can.I know I got it SUPER hot a few times, and it showed no smokeing, bubbling, or even discoloration.Cant be beat for the price, honestly.Came out looking as good as the duracoat an such I've seen on most guns. Only downside may be a lack of color and gloss selection. I dont think there are but a couple choices, but if your looking for flat black, I'd highly recommend it.I know a few others who have tried it too and claimto have been very pleased also.Just clean off the metal real good with any degreaser (I used aerosol brake cleaner) and should be good to go.

March 28, 2008, 09:56 PM


March 28, 2008, 09:58 PM
I have used flat black engine enamel to touch up guns. I just clean the gun up, tape off everything I don't want to paint and give it a few light coats. It blends well with the flat black coating most gunsmiths seem to use these days.

I also resanded the disgusting looking original wood, stained and sanded it 3 times with red maghagony from home depot then coated with satin polyurethane.



March 28, 2008, 10:01 PM
Exposure, where did you find the red/white paint for doing the selector markings on your AR?

March 28, 2008, 10:41 PM
Norrel Moly-Resin on the Ballester-Molina:

March 28, 2008, 11:01 PM
Built this one from scratch out of a Pakawood blank. Clear coated with an automotive polyurethane then color sanded and polished to a glass like finish.

March 29, 2008, 01:23 AM
Very nice work on all these projects.
I too would like to know what was used (red and white) to highlight the lettering. It adds a very nice touch.

Keep'em coming

March 29, 2008, 11:41 AM
Yeah, this is a great thread. Is there a FAQ somewhere here on THR about refinishing firearms? I have an old wheelgun and an sks that would make interesting refinishing projects. I'd like to know what's involved with taking them down and gunkoting them.

March 29, 2008, 11:46 AM
IIRC, I seem to recal him mentioning in an earlier thread that he used grease pencil.

Deer Hunter
March 29, 2008, 11:47 AM
I re-stained the wood on my Remington 1740, but after that 10/22, I'm ashamed of posting such an atrocity!

March 29, 2008, 12:01 PM
Hey Jessel, that looks nice! Just wondering how well that Norrel stuff holds up, is it as durable as they say it is?

March 29, 2008, 12:02 PM
Krylon fusion, easy as pie

March 29, 2008, 12:12 PM
Very nice job Exposure! I love the "reverse" two tone on Sigs (and Berettas).

March 29, 2008, 01:31 PM
Hey Jessel, that looks nice! Just wondering how well that Norrel stuff holds up, is it as durable as they say it is?

As long as you do your part in the surface prep, it's very durable and it really does seem to be somewhat self lubricating. It needs a very toothy surface to adhere to, so sandblasting the surface or applying it over parkerizing it is a necessity.

March 29, 2008, 02:58 PM
Mine's in this thread.

March 29, 2008, 09:14 PM

Duracoat. Used the air brush kit from their site. Followed directions, used a fan/heater combo set at 80 to speed up the process and harden better. Definitely get the clear. Makes it look much cleaner. Took me 2 days. I set up a paint booth with drop cloths hanging from the ceiling in the garage and suspended it with fishing wire.

That is just beautiful

March 29, 2008, 09:16 PM
is that an M&P?

March 29, 2008, 09:21 PM
Looks like an XD to me. In the top picture you can see the SA-XD logo.

March 30, 2008, 12:16 AM
I recently repainted the barrel on an Ithaca 37 I cut back to 18.5 inches. I used Brownells bake on finish. You MUST bead blast. The first time I tried the bake on, I just roughed up the surface with coarse paper. After baking, the finish started coming off, and could be scratched off with a fingernail.

I bead blatser all the finish and tried again. After the second bake, the stuff is hard and durable. Now I need to pain the rest of the gun.

March 30, 2008, 12:27 AM
I'm pretty sure it's an XD also. You can see where the grip safety came out.

Serial Fan
March 30, 2008, 12:52 AM
.177 Daisy rat killer, Krylon Fusion, no stencils, just sprayed on free-hand, pretty simple...

March 30, 2008, 01:49 AM
These are all Duracoat.

Bulgie Mak:



Kind of Blued
March 30, 2008, 05:10 AM
I'll try to remember this thread the next time I see a heavily-discounted gun with lots of finish wear.

March 30, 2008, 02:08 PM
Yea its an xd, xd 45 service. Ill post pics when I get her back together.

March 30, 2008, 03:35 PM
And an explanation of why it's those colors, I hope... :scrutiny::uhoh:

April 1, 2008, 05:22 PM
Exposure (or anyone else who might have a guess), which Duracoat colors did you use for the slide and the frame on that Sig? Looks great!

I'm asking because I want to refinish a Sig225 and your frame color is exactly what I'm looking for, so I want to be sure I get the same product.

April 1, 2008, 07:09 PM
What did that poor XD do to deserve that...

April 1, 2008, 07:56 PM
What did that poor XD do to deserve that...
It looks like a great deep concealment gun for Tony the Tiger!

April 1, 2008, 08:00 PM
It looks like a great deep concealment gun for Tony the Tiger!
I hear its GRRRRREAT!

In all seriousness, i've always wanted an orange gun (my favorite color) but since its the color of toy guns i never see them. Maybe I can find a nice set or orange grips though.

April 1, 2008, 08:14 PM
I painted my M1A last week with Krylon camo paint. I really like the results the color is just what I wanted, it seems pretty durable and dried very quickly.

Here she is before....

Here she is after....

April 9, 2008, 12:03 AM
Here are several incarnations of my P32. It was originally blued, but I wanted to clean up some tool marks and regulate the sights a little.
This is flat black Gun Kote, done over media blasted steel only:
This is Wheeler Cerama Coat, done the same way:
I liked the look of both finishes, but they both showed wear rather quickly on the ejection post and rear corners (pocket carry). In all fairness, I hear that Gun Kote works best on a freshly parkerized finish.
Speaking of parkerizing; it's pretty easy to do at home (there are several very good online sources documenting how to do this). This is what is on the P32 now and I'm very happy with how it's working out:
I've also parkerized one of my 1911s (

I tried the Gun Kote on the frame of my SIG P229 (which was beat up a little worse than the one Exposure posted earlier). This was applied contrary to the instructions about media blasting the surface as I didn't want to remove the anodizing. It looked good, wore off right away. I then hit it with the Wheeler Cerama Coat. This has proven quite durable, even on the rails (approx. 400 rds.):

My latest project is a Marlin 75. I did the receiver in some Dupli-Color High temp Ceramic paint that MAX100 recommended in this thread:
I like how it looks, time will tell how it wears.

April 9, 2008, 12:56 AM
rembrandt is a suiting name seing as how that has gone beyond a gun into a full blown piece of art

Also gb6491, how difficult was that marlin project? I have the exact same rifle that my dad got when he was about 15 and then passed it to me. It has seen alot of wear and I want to refinish it. He has often said that it would just be too hard to do but he wouldnt mind if I tried he just doesnt know how to go about doing it.

April 9, 2008, 11:03 AM
snow92686 - are you a UF fan or something?

April 9, 2008, 11:24 AM
I'm betting that Snow's paint scheme was developed over a bowl of Frosted Flakes. Call me crazy, but I kinda like it. I don't care for the orange and blue, but I might just paint one of my rifles Maroon and White. Go Bulldogs.

April 9, 2008, 11:30 AM
pertty cool pics guys pretty cool pics

April 9, 2008, 11:41 AM
Pretty easy to do, sent you some info.

April 9, 2008, 12:29 PM
Hmm, a black and gold AK. I could get used to that.

April 9, 2008, 01:22 PM
I vote for sticky in the gunsmith/repairs section. i'll be doing duracoat on my s12 after my conversion is done, and the info in this thread really helps!

April 9, 2008, 03:41 PM
Here is the one I did. It is a 700 rem SPS take off stock. I do not want to mess up my nice laminated stock on my VLS so I use this to pack out in the fields. I used some Krylon spray paint and leaves and weeds I found around the house.

April 9, 2008, 04:56 PM
cpttango30, I like the looks of that. Anyway you could PM me some more specific instructions on just how you did that? It would be much appreciated.

April 10, 2008, 12:56 PM
Here's a No.4MK1 that was done with Krylon BBQ paint and some wood off ebay.
Krylon was used to blend with the remaining paint on the rifle and to match the replacement parts.

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