Duracoat Handguns

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by k4swb, Dec 6, 2011.

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  1. k4swb

    k4swb Member

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    This may have been done but I can't find it bunched together. If it already has been, point me to it.

    I would love to see some before and after pictures of some of your handguns that you have redone with DuraCoat, or other finishes. I would prefer Handguns and would also prefer to see what you have done yourself. Not interested too much in professional jobs and prefer the DIY jobs.

    Which applicator type did you use.
    Are you satisfied with your results.

    Nope, I'm not with DuraCoat but am thinking about trying to refinish a gun or two for myself and really think looking at some of your guns may inspire me.
    Thanks in advance if you submit.
     
  2. OnTarget1911

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    EMP

    Yes I know I do this for a living but this is one I did recently. I use an airbrush and compressor from Harbor Freight. Yes Harbor Freight. And a table top paint booth. You could do the same with any air brush, Other people have had good luck with their spray delivery system.

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  3. Jubal sackett

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    Friend of mine did this one for me.

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    Colt Police positive, 38 special.
     
  4. Strykervet

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    I basically got the same results as this guy's revolver on my G17. It was a cheap 2nd gen I wanted to test out before I tried a camo job on a couple of rifles. I refinished the worn G17 with the black oxide, now it looks new. I haven't carried it, but I've shot it and it is wearing well as a range pistol so far. I also finished a Mossberg 500 shotgun, it had a park job that scratched everytime it touched something so I scrubbed it with a scrub pad to rough it up some more, cleaned it with acetone, and hit it with the black oxide too. It wears MUCH better than the factory finish did. Nice smooth black.

    I use a Paasche airbrush and compressor, and I use acetone to clean and degrease everything. Works well. Prep is key though, prep very well. I even used rubber gloves to prep, took no chances. So far so good. Sorry, no pictures, but same results as that revolver basically. I just ordered the stencils for the camo last night (after unsuccessfully trying to make my own --printer disagreed).
     
  5. k4swb

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    Thanks Guys,
    I'm gonna enjoy looking at your results. Looks like you all did a fantastic job.
     
  6. CDW4ME

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    Here is my Colt XSE Lightweight Commander.
    I originally Duracoated it over the summer.
    I recoated just the frame exactly 4 weeks ago in a different color.
    Took it out and shot it today; the coating on the frame rails did not show any wear after four magazines of ammunition, even though it was just applied 4 weeks ago.
    The slide is Combat Black and the frame is OD Green.
    I used the Duracoat Shake & Spray kit for both.
    The textured appearence was essentially intentional on my part.

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  7. k4swb

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    I thought I was not going to get any more but glad to see one more at least.

    This sounds to be fairly easy if one pays attention to what one is doing so I may attempt to refinish a Ruger MKII that has been abused by a scope mount in years past.

    Just need to figure out if I want it back black or maybe some other color.

    Keep 'em coming guys.
     
  8. osteodoc08

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    I dont have any pictures, but I did a self duracoat on a RIA I was giving my father that I got super cheap after being bubbafied at home by a classmate of mine. I had to replace a few items that were destroyed, but all went well and it turned out fairly nice. So far the gun is reliable and finish if wearing ok. I applied it using an airbrush set I got from wally world. As someone mentioned earlier, prep is the key. That and following the directions and not rushing the steps.
     
  9. doc540

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    a few tips:

    1. degrease gun
    2. re-degrease gun
    3. re-degrease degreased gun
    4. mix exactly to directions
    5. spray with a quality airbrush
    6. pre-heat oven to lowest temp and put parts in for 20 minutes after spraying
    7. HANG IN CLOSET AND DO NOT TOUCH FOR A WEEK
    8. I said, DON'T TOUCH IT FOR A WEEK :neener:

    I didn't follow those tips the first couple of times I messed up a Duracoat job.

    Got this one right:
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  10. k4swb

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    Thanks for the RIA story osteodoc08.
    And thanks for the tips doc540. Nice looking job BTW.
    I don't have any spraying tools and was planning to try the kit that came with the canned air on top of the bottle from Duracoat.

    I'm still debating the process but with the pictures and tips I think I may try it sometime after the holidays.
     
  11. doc540

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    Before I actually shot a gun with it, I'd practice on some metal car parts or tools or something.

    That sprayer might work just fine...just never used it.

    And be prepared that it's not very durable on a carry gun or a piece that gets drawn and shot a lot. (When compared to some of the higher-end, pro finishes.)
     
  12. Psa1m144

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    Nice work doc, I have a colt agent that I plan on duracoating in the near future. I can't decide if I want matte black or semi-gloss black. I saw this picture and it completely sold me on the idea of duracoating my Agent. I can't stand the parkerized finish that colt started using in the 80's.

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    Not having any experience with duracoat, I can't tell for sure, it looks like he may have used semi-gloss.

    (picture courtesy of http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=5&f=33&t=77731)
     
  13. carbuncle

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    Great thread idea: once I get some of my key collection pieces taken care of I want to start buying beat-down S&W 3rd gens, particularly the value series, and refinishing and restoring them.
     
  14. vidi0t

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    Here's my Springfield Ultra Compact before and after.


    Before (parkerized frame, blued slide)
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    After (HK Black duracoat frame, same blued slide. I also added a Wilson Combat trigger and beavertail grip safety and some super thin grips I found on eBay)
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