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Experience with Duracoat?

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Unread 10-07-2008, 03:06 PM
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Experience with Duracoat?

Has anyone used duracoat first? I did a couple of bases and they have set for 4 days. On the bottom of one I scratched it to se how tough it was and I am not real happy. Good paint with hardener seems tougher. Can you get it to thick? The can says it can be applied 1/4 mil thick to 1 1/2 mils thick. They say it doesn't wear but I find it hard to believe. Total cure is 3 weeks so I'll wait and test it again before I do my action. Anyone who has used this stuff please let me know how it worked for you.
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Unread 10-07-2008, 04:03 PM
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Re: Experience with Duracoat?

Give it the full cure time. It's pretty tough stuff.
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Unread 10-07-2008, 04:45 PM
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Re: Experience with Duracoat?

Stick it in the oven per instructions.
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Unread 10-07-2008, 05:04 PM
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Re: Experience with Duracoat?

I had a gunsmith do one for me and I love it. I dont know how he did the process but it was nice when it was done and I have enjoyed it. I have been thinking about having my coyote gun done as well. I am sure you will be happy with it in the end.
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Unread 10-07-2008, 08:04 PM
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Re: Experience with Duracoat?

I painted several rifles a while back with it. it is really tuff stuff! do several coats of the colors. i was not able to oven bake mine and it still turned out very well. if you buy the cheaper starter kit i will tell you that the air gun/can system they send out isnt gonna cut it. its not hard to do your self but you would be ahead to invest in a decent compressor driven air gun. you can check in Gun Photos for some pic of rifles i was doing.

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Unread 10-08-2008, 06:57 AM
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Re: Experience with Duracoat?

I had a horrible first experience also. I just tried again with much better results. The first time I used thinner the second I did not. I also blasted the parts with carbide the second time vs glass the first time. I believe that is what made the difference, a rougher finish seemed to help. I also did 4 coats about 1/2 hour apart. I blasted it and then only touched the pieces with gloves on and cleaned the dust off with acetone in a spray bottle. I put enough on that the finish was starting to fill in the blasting pours.
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Unread 10-08-2008, 07:15 AM
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Re: Experience with Duracoat?

Originally Posted by MagMan View Post
Stick it in the oven per instructions.
+2 also use TCE cleaner to clean all the parts first.
I love my rifle and it is some tuff stuff if done right.

Let us know and post pic's of it when your done.
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