New AR, first Duracoat project.

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  1. Deus Machina

    Deus Machina Member

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    Caught some sales.
    Bear Creek Arsenal upper. Palmetto State Armory build kit. Aero Precision lower (not on sale).
    Swapped the build kit pistol grip for a Magpul K2. Seriously, I love these grips. Built for me.
    The initial test fit:
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    Then decided I wanted something so it wasn't Just Another Black Rifle, but didn't want the local Bubba spray-can camo job or Realtree, and didn't want the effort of multi-color jobs.
    Turns out 'Magpul Foliage Green' is right smack between 'palmetto bush' and 'cement', and would work well against wood ground litter or sandy soil. It's the exact gray-green of the lichen on tree bark or dry spanish moss.
    Also I wanted an excuse to finally use my airbrush.
    So, a bottle of Duracoat and an Amazon adhesive stencil later, I got this:
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    Yeah, I'm happy with that.
    The stencil was 9x14, including a border. Not long enough either direction and the longer had the pattern horizontal. So I cut it in half and cobbled it together the other direction. It still wasn't quite long enough, which led me to that pattern--a vague gray-black-gray fade along the rifle.
    I think I did okay.
    I'm not going to say that masking and cutting out painter's tape for the hexmag was the best decision I've made for my time, but it worked well.

    And, set up the most comfortable way to actually use it:
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    Going to slap a Romeo 5 on top and call it a day.
     
  2. Deus Machina

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    And yes, I did all the details.
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    Subtle but present.
     
  3. Cornhusker77

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    I like it
     
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  4. sarduy

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    Looks really good
     
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  5. trackskippy

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    Looks good! :thumbup:

    You realize that youre about to be doomed, right? Once you start painting stuff, everything you have is fair game. :neener:

    The only thing that might be worse, is stippling.
     
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  6. Deus Machina

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    Kinda, and there's a lot of Duracoat left. And I love using the airbrush.
    I do not love cleaning the airbrush. Duracoat is not a 'spray thinner through it and you're done' thing.
     
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  7. md7

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    Slick… I like it!
     
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  8. d2wing

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    I like it too
     
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  9. BigBlue 94

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    What thinner are you using? Using the duracoat reducer, i run one airbrush cup full (maybe a teaspoon) through, followed by another half full airbrush cup. Do this after wiping any duracoat from the cup, lid, and nozzle. Comes out clean as a whistle. A good quality lacquer thinner works almost as good. Xylene doesnt work very well.

    I also clean the airbrush after every coat.

    My duracoat mix is 12:1:1:1- duracoat: hardener: reducer: flattening agent. Comes out with a nice flat finish.
     
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  10. Deus Machina

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    Lacquer thinner for the bulk cleaning, reducer to finish.
    In my case, it's that the duracoat collected on the needle guard and one or two of the parts inside. Probably as much from the airbrush design as the Duracoat itself.
     
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    Right on. Thats what the instructions say to do.

    Ive found that the 1 part reducer helps reduce buildup on the needle guard. I keep an eye on it and use a twisted up paper towel to keep it mostly free of build up.

    Are you using a cheap air brush or something a bit more "professional"? Siphon or gravity feed?
     
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    Nice work on that AR!
    I still havent dont a camo pattern.

    Break cleaner will remove duracoat pretty easily. I blast out my cup, nozzle parts and the run some thru before following with a half a cup of acetone to flush the gunk knocked loose.
    I have to pay an exorbitant hazmat/shipping fee to get Duracoat out here so i generally only buy paint and hardener. Had to find cleaning stuff locally.
     
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  13. Deus Machina

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    I didn't use the reducer because it sprays well enough without it One less thing to do math on between batches.
    It's just a cheap Master branded airbrush and compressor kit. Gravity feed. Didn't expect much, but it's working better than any name-brand siphon-fed one I've tried. Just don't expect it to last long.
    If I keep on with airbrush projects, I'll upgrade to Paasche or Iwata.
     
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    I went straight in with an Iwata dual action from hobby lobby. The dual action trigger has a bit of a learning curve but is nice for shading and such.

    I mix the paint up in "itty bitty" measuring cups from Brownells. Graduated in 5 mL increments, i do 12 mL paint, 1 mL of hardener, etc. Duracoat mix ratios do not have to be perfectly proportioned either, as long as it's close to 12:1. More hardener will make it set up quicker and have a bit more gloss.
     
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