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run8
06-04-2008, 6:41 PM
I'm in the midst of doing my own AR build, using a Stag lower and I'm sorry to say so don't tar and feather me just yet, an M&A M4 upper. At any rate the finish between the two parts isn't the same and I would like to color match the lower to the finish/color which is on the upper.

My head is spinning now, I think I've confused myself :eek:

At any rate, any input is appreciated for the type, brand of paint or finishing material to use. I've been built model trains for nearly 25yrs now as a hobby, so airbrushing isn't anything new to me, if that is a requirement of any finishing materials.

Additionally where can these finishing materials be had locally in the Bay Area, specifically San Francisco area. Or, am I bound by ordering out of the area?

I have read the reviews of M&A uppers, I weighed the consideration of the positives and the negatives, additionally reading Bill W's commentary. A good friend who's done several of these builds has good things to say, and he is the one who recommended me. So we shall see what happens, if it fails, well than it was just a $475 mistake and I can blame my friend, haha.

Though I will put the rifle through it's paces and report, that's for sure, just not yet as I'm not to that point.

I do support folks who advertise above, such as City Arms, speaking of which I need a few more OLL's.

Thanks,

Frank

Ballistic043
06-04-2008, 6:55 PM
i highly reccomend a duracoat kit. it works much like airbrushing, so its right up your alley.

the kits go for about 100 dollars and include everything you need. if you want the cheapest most durable solution, then duracoat is your key.

i am not sure if city arms even carries duracoat. but here is a kit on brownells for a good price

http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/productdetail.aspx?p=17640&st=duracoat&s=


and just to be safe, i would order some more black.

as i remember, duracoat comes in almost every color, shine, and finish imaginable. here is a page with many of the different color schemes offered

http://www.houtsenterprises.net/dur_all_colors.html

run8
06-04-2008, 7:14 PM
Thank you for the prompt reply, I do appreciate it, looks like I can get away with just buying the finish, hardener and reducer. I already have several air brushes, a compressor, mixing supplies (cups and mixing sticks) and el cheapo air masks.

Not sure about this TruLube that's listed in the descriptions, looks like a propriatery lubricant that works specifically with the finish, have to read up more on that.

Your right, chances are I'll have to order this directly from Brownells, though I'll call around locally before hand. I'm anxious to get started, though I can practice assembling my lower for now.

Thanks again for all the help,

Frank


i highly reccomend a duracoat kit. it works much like airbrushing, so its right up your alley.

the kits go for about 100 dollars and include everything you need. if you want the cheapest most durable solution, then duracoat is your key.

i am not sure if city arms even carries duracoat. but here is a kit on brownells for a good price

http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/productdetail.aspx?p=17640&st=duracoat&s=


and just to be safe, i would order some more black.

as i remember, duracoat comes in almost every color, shine, and finish imaginable. here is a page with many of the different color schemes offered

http://www.houtsenterprises.net/dur_all_colors.html