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Old 04-30-2012, 10:02 AM
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Default Duracoat weekend

Quick write up on my duracoat use this weekend.

I started by using simple green to get all of the oil and grease off the parts, then sprayed everything down with hot water and put them in the sun to dry.

Next I scuffed everything with a 3M sanding sponge until I got every crevice.
Then I washed down again with hot to get all the dust off and left them to dry for a few days.

I hung the parts with para cord and the sprayed them down really well with duracoats trustrip starting at one and and working my way down. This stuff took forever to dry it seemed like. I hit all the parts with the compressor for a while and made sure that I could not see any more wet arias – then gave them another hour to make sure it all evaporated off.

Then I gloved up and put blue painters tape over the arias I did not want painted.



I mixed according to the directions. I believe it was 2 table spoons of the duracoat and the recommended amount of hardener – and it was more than enough. Then I applied using an air brush. I was careful to keep a consistent distance and speed to avoid any runs or under spray.




The smaller parts I taped to a board so that they would hold steady as I sprayed them.





I left it alone over night and peeled the tape off the next day, then left it along for another night to harden more. The third day I put the rifle together and will be waiting an additional three weeks to make sure it is fully cured before I shoot it.





Few notes

Ventilation is key.

I did the flip up covers for the red dot, it stuck well but they expanded when I was putting them on and cracked the duracoat, I would not recommend doing them I just don’t see it holding up to any sort of abuse, they flex to much.


I am hesitant to call this a success. After 4 days of drying I tried to scratch off the duracoat in places that were over sprayed – like inside the mag well, for the most part it would not come off, but in some places it seemed to chip right off rather easy. I guess we will see in a few weeks when I shoot it.


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Old 04-30-2012, 1:49 PM
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It looks nice, if the duracoat does not hold up try Cerakote works great on plastic parts as well. If you were in norcal I could help sand blast it for you.
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WOW! That looks really excellent. Very nice job bro!!
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Old 04-30-2012, 9:38 PM
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It looks nice, if the duracoat does not hold up try Cerakote works great on plastic parts as well. If you were in norcal I could help sand blast it for you.
Ya we will see, I may go ceracoat on my next build. I am reserving final judgment until next month when I can really test it after it cures. Ill up date the thread then...

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WOW! That looks really excellent. Very nice job bro!!
Thanks man I appreciate it

One more pic...
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Are you going to paint the rest of it in the future, or are you aiming for the black-and-tan look? (Be warned, Irish nationalists may attack you with your rifle's current paint job, hahaha.)
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Old 05-01-2012, 8:28 PM
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Are you going to paint the rest of it in the future, or are you aiming for the black-and-tan look? (Be warned, Irish nationalists may attack you with your rifle's current paint job, hahaha.)
I plan to leave it black and tan, ironic because my heritage is predominately Irish. I did not even think about the history of that combination
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Im in Glendora and have a bead blast cabinet you are welcome to use on your next attempt.
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Im in Glendora and have a bead blast cabinet you are welcome to use on your next attempt.
Sweet thank you, I will keep that in mind
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wow .... that looks awsome .... great job!!!
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