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Old 12-07-2012, 4:18 PM
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Default Do I need to anodize a 80% lower once completed if...

Hypothetical situation which I hope to find myself in sometime in the next few months: I have a finished 80% lower, non anodized, non engraved which I plan to do a Duracoat camo job.

Question: Do I need to/should I still anodize it before Duracoating it?

I am not near the point where I have to decide on this yet, however, I am curious and trying to plan ahead and get the research out of the way now. I have no prior experience with anodizing so I don't have a strong background on the subject matter. I am hopeful that someone with experience in a similar situation might be able to shed light on what they did and if they would do it the same/differently if done again.

Hope that makes sense to everyone. Thanks in advance for the input!
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Old 12-07-2012, 4:23 PM
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I like anodized parts. So I'm biased and admit that up front.
In theory if properly prepped there is no need to anodize. Now in a perfect world that would be fine. This world is far from perfect. So get it anodized and never look back.
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I have 2 lowers that are NOT anodized, Duracoat only, one gun has probably more than 30k rounds through it, the other maybe 8-10k, and so far there are zero issues in any way shape or form.

Now that being said, plain anodizing is a fantastic primer. Hard ano (type III) does in fact add thickness, so you need to be conscious of this if you plan on painting over it.
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Old 12-07-2012, 6:03 PM
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I just got my latest batch type 3 anod. I plan on doing a few Camo patterns on them, this way you don't have to worry about covering the whole lower just the outside. If you can get them done I would.
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Old 12-10-2012, 2:10 PM
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I just cerakote a bunch of 80% lowers and they look fantastic. I think the biggest thing is prep if you can sand blast and properly degrease the firearm you'll be fine.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:23 PM
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If you gonna Duracoat then yes you should anodize first to get the hardness to protect the receiver.

If you Cerakote you don't need to anodize because Cerakote is a ceramic based paint where Duracoat is fancy auto paint.
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Old 12-11-2012, 7:07 AM
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Thanks for the information guys! Sounds like a choice between Cerakote and anodizing followed by the Duracoat. I will probably anodize as I only plan on Duracoating one of them.
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