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Bird of Fire
04-07-2008, 7:14 PM
Fun little project I took on this weekend. Yes it's a RIA, and yes it was cheap, and I don't care. Love this gun. :D

http://picsorban.com/upload/img_2731.jpg

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Bird of Fire
04-07-2008, 7:16 PM
http://picsorban.com/upload/img_2735.jpg

http://picsorban.com/upload/img_2736.jpg

Not a bad shooter for GI sights.

http://picsorban.com/upload/img_2704.jpg

Oops @ the flinch :D

proraptor
04-08-2008, 9:23 AM
Wow....that came out looking nice

cobra198
04-08-2008, 11:23 AM
I like it!

Good to hear that you like ur RIA 1911. I am thinking about a 1911 a few months down the road. This is one of my options, depending on what my funds are lookin like when the time is right! Anyhoo, good shootin and good lookin pistol!

USN CHIEF
04-08-2008, 12:32 PM
Looks like a professional job... I like it.. Why not start a bussinness?

Bird of Fire
04-08-2008, 12:37 PM
Looks like a professional job... I like it.. Why not start a bussinness?

No freaking way. Took me most of my weekend to do, and I've been blowing black snot rockets for 2 days over the flat black paint. :o

I'll stick with working on computers in a nice and clean environment for 8 hours a day instead. :D

Knight
04-08-2008, 12:41 PM
Came out great! Liking that two-tone look a lot!

Bird of Fire
04-08-2008, 12:43 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys. :D Now I won't be as ashamed to take it out of its bad *** case.

BroncoBob
05-14-2008, 4:59 PM
Hey nothing wrong with your Rock Island, awesome looking, paint job is out there. Excellent job. Never be ashamed of it. I've seen expensive 1911's that yours put to shame!

Saigon1965
05-14-2008, 5:29 PM
Looks great, wanna detail the process for future wana do it yourselfers.

Blue
05-14-2008, 5:31 PM
Looks fantastic.

RAD-CDPII
05-14-2008, 5:46 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys. :D Now I won't be as ashamed to take it out of its bad *** case.

Speakling of the case, where did you get it? And how much.

Bird of Fire
05-18-2008, 8:03 AM
Looks great, wanna detail the process for future wana do it yourselfers.

Over at the lauer weaponry site there's a duracoat starter kit for 50 bucks or so. Comes with an airbrush, hardener, instructions, and one paint color. It's quite easy to do actually, just time consuming is all.

Since my gun was already parked from the factory that's the ideal finish for duracoat to adhere to. It was basically detail strip the gun, clean it off with their cleaning solution (what amounts to non chlorinated brake cleaner), and then mask off the bits you don't want to spray. Used a old carboard box for a mini spray booth and ran some picture hanging wires across, and that was it. Spray light even multiple coats until it's built up to the desired thickness and you're done. So far with a couple hundred practice draws from my kydex blackhawk holster shows no real wear. The hammer face is obviously worn a bit. :)

http://picsorban.com/upload/img_2708.jpg

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Speakling of the case, where did you get it? And how much.

My wife got it for me a couple years back. It's also sold as a microphone case for musicians, so she lucked out and found it at a music shop. Online they're all over.

http://www.coffincase.com/catalogs/catalogs.html

http://www.wickedgrips.com/coffin-cases

Looks like about 80ish or so. :)

Saigon1965
05-18-2008, 8:41 AM
Cool, thanks for the write up.

thebloodsonthewall
05-18-2008, 8:49 AM
That looks really good. I have been thinking about durocoating my 10/22 and one of my shotguns. I think I am going to have to do it soon.

Bird of Fire
05-18-2008, 9:02 AM
Oh and lest I forget, from my r/c body painting days - get an air compressor, or bum one from a friend. The kit provides you with a can of compressed air, which is spotty at best. Hell buy a compressor from harbor freight and then go return it when you're done using it. :D The can of air will get cold as it expells air, and thusly the pressure goes all over the board as you use it. It'll definately frustrate you. Just a heads up.

FlyingPen
05-18-2008, 9:33 PM
This may or may not work...

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=92403

How did you deal with the shadow areas left by the wires?

tiko
05-18-2008, 9:55 PM
Excelent job, before doing this, have you asked or known how to do? If not, you are so brave to begin your project.

Bird of Fire
05-18-2008, 10:33 PM
This may or may not work...

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=92403

How did you deal with the shadow areas left by the wires?

Due to how I sprayed, I ensured that I got full and complete coverage. There's simply no shadow marks on the frame.

Excelent job, before doing this, have you asked or known how to do? If not, you are so brave to begin your project.

I've googled around looking how to, but I figure it was a cheap gun so if I screwed something up, not too big of a deal. I just learned how to read the directions several times until it's almost commited to memory is all :)

Capt Jack
05-19-2008, 6:24 PM
Agree with everyone else, great job and thanks for the write-up :D

Those RIAs are looking better and better!

Knauga
05-19-2008, 6:40 PM
Very cool!

I have a RIA GI and it is one of my favorite shooters.

Fantasma
05-22-2008, 11:00 PM
Dude, that is a badassss! case!!

DoctorExplosivo
07-14-2008, 11:52 PM
anyone know of a good place to buy the RIA either online or a shop in so cal? From what i know sarco had the best prices but they got screwed by the atf or something.

Loner
07-15-2008, 8:40 PM
anyone know of a good place to buy the RIA either online or a shop in so cal? From what i know sarco had the best prices but they got screwed by the atf or something.
I've seen them at Ammo Bros.

technique
07-29-2008, 9:36 PM
desert beige the color??????? if so, did you think it would be darker then it turned out????

Bird of Fire
07-31-2008, 8:03 PM
Close. I used the "desert warrior tan" shade.

Overall the color I was happy with for the frame. It was a toss up between that, and the tactical coyote brown they have on their website.

hylander
08-04-2008, 5:09 PM
Very Nice :cool:

JSPEC SW20
08-24-2008, 3:23 AM
looks like you did an amazing job

eccvets
08-24-2008, 4:03 AM
How much did it cost ya? How far away were you from the target?

http://picsorban.com/upload/img_2735.jpg

http://picsorban.com/upload/img_2736.jpg

Not a bad shooter for GI sights.

http://picsorban.com/upload/img_2704.jpg

Oops @ the flinch :D

Bird of Fire
08-24-2008, 9:13 AM
I think I bought it for 375 or 380 bones at "The Gun Shop" in Lancaster a couple years back + tax and DROS. Price has gone up a little bit since then.

Target is at the back of their indoor range which is 18 yards if memory serves, and what I was told by the guy at the counter accurate. I assure you not all my targets look like that, as the sights are difficult to see.