Step, tips on Duracoating?

Step, tips on Duracoating?

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    Step, tips on Duracoating?

    I was @ the CTD outlet by my house and they had a few surplus CZ's and Sigs (german police) 9mm. and three markorov 9x18 . I was going to buy a markorov or CZ and "tinker with it" buy doing a neat duracoat finish on it.

    What are some of your steps and experience with this. What's a good way to get the gun clean etc.etc.

    How do I prep. parts and so on? How many coats...layers?

    Just any 'ol airbrush?


    Thanks in advance.


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    Degrease thoroughly, Walmart brake parts cleaner works well. Heat the parts in the oven at 125* (low) for 30-45 minutes, & check for dark areas,indicating oil seepage. Repeat until clean. Sand blast your parts. DO NOT coat sear surfaces.

    A better airbrush won't clog as quickly, but "any ol' airbrush" will do.

    Too many coats will cause galling, and may bind. I average 2-4 on any given part, spraying lightly.

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    Go to Brownell's and check out the Videos.

    Here you go...link to the Brownell's Instructional Vids Page. Scroll down to gun painting.

    http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/Gun...chive.aspx?x=v

    They should help you out a great deal no matter which type of spray coating you ultimately decide on.
    Check out the Teflon Moly from Brownell's while you're there.

    Also something not shown in the Brownell's Vids....
    When you hang your parts to spray them...have an extra hook made so that you can flip the piece over to spray what you (for sure) WILL miss on the underside surfaces.
    Especially when you are doing complex pieces like the frame.
    I can guarantee that you'll have light areas or completely missed areas once you flip your piece over and look.

    One summer I had a job spray coating Govt Contract Diesel Primer Pumps - I probably did 50,000 of them total that summer.
    So when I tell you you'll have "too lightly sprayed" - dusted or completely missed areas unless you flip your work...trust me on that.

    You can thank me later for that tip.
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    Sweet. Thanks for the link and tid bits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frogbones View Post
    I was @ the CTD outlet by my house and they had a few surplus CZ's and Sigs (german police) 9mm. and three markorov 9x18 . I was going to buy a markorov or CZ and "tinker with it" buy doing a neat duracoat finish on it.

    What are some of your steps and experience with this. What's a good way to get the gun clean etc.etc.

    How do I prep. parts and so on? How many coats...layers?

    Just any 'ol airbrush?


    Thanks in advance.
    Use the cleaner that Duracoat sells, break cleaner or most others cleaners will leave a residue. You diffenently need an airbrush to do a frist class job. Harbor Freight has a good one for about $15 that works fine. Apply the finish in light passes letting it dry a bit before the next coat. Prep is the key, think about how you will hold and position the gun parts for apping the finish. I usually use metal hangers I made from just sections of metal coat hangers. Some people hang the parts for spraying on some kind of JIG. Take your time and do the proper prep that is the key. You can practice your spray motion and speed on a piece of cardbord or wood to get the hang of spraying the product. Its not that difficult if you take your time and think about the process before hand. Go to this site for alot of info, this is the manufactuer of Duracoat. Welcome to Lauer Custom Weaponry

    I have done many finsihing projects over the years with most finishing products now on the market and Duracoat is a great product, my finish of choice in fact and has held up very well with a lot of rough use on the the guns I have finished.

    Just so happens I have refinished several of the handguns you named for myself and a few friends.

    Examples:

    Matte black on CZ82


    German Gray on SIG P6


    Another P6



    Matte black on Bulgarian Makarov

    Before:


    After:
    When I leave the home port:
    S&W 642 Airweight, Ruger SP 101, Colt Detective Spec., CZ RAMI, Kahr PM9, Kahr CW40, S&W Model 10-7, Glock 30, 19, and 26, Browning Hi Power, CZ82, Colt Commander, Dan Wesson PM7, Ruger LCP

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    nice, fine job. Thanks.

    mental note "prep is the key".

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    The heck with the Makarov, get one of those Sigs! Great bargain.


    Oh, and watch the video at Brownell's.

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    Rob nailed it--preheat the metal parts (110 degrees for 15 minutes will do it) and degrease until no more oil seeps out. Your prep determines the durability of your finish!

    Here's a couple--I've done about 30 guns (so far). Love it!
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