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Old 10-31-2010, 08:33 AM   #1
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Hey hey

I wish to paint my m1a and was just wondering what was good in terms of materials. I'm hoping to achieve a powder white finish, as in a white that is rather matte as opposed to glossy.

Also, being that the upper is made of a plastic, I would need to use a different primer/undercoat than I would use for the wood of the stock, will this cause problems with visual differences in the end product if I use the same white?

any help would be good

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Old 10-31-2010, 01:03 PM   #2
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I've painted two rifles using DuraCoat with much success:

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Second on the DuraCoat. I have used it on several firearms and stocks with excellent results. It doesn't require a primer but make sure the prep work is done correctly.

You have a fair amount of control over the gloss with DuraCote dependant on the ratio of hardener to pigment, how "wet" you apply it, and the air pressure you use to apply it.

If you go with Dura Cote, I would suggest an airbrush as the canned aerosol applicators are junk and you don't have the option of adjusting the pressure. The airbrush and a compressor will obviously add to the cost, but I think the end result is far better.

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If you go with Dura Cote, I would suggest an airbrush as the canned aerosol applicators are junk and you don't have the option of adjusting the pressure. The airbrush and a compressor will obviously add to the cost, but I think the end result is far better.
Yeah, that's the only thing I don't like about the DuraCoat kits. The little cans are really hard to work well and a compressor would make the job SO much easier, faster, and more controllable.
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Where is CA357? He's done a couple of duracoat, I think, jobs!!

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I originally did that 1911 with this stuff. It's a bake on finish and it was an easy application, but it requires some precision. It also it stinks up the house when it's baked.

Wheeler Engineering Cerama-Coat 4 oz Aerosol Black - MidwayUSA



I just finished doing my Eddystone with this stuff, Alumahyde II. It's a piece of cake, just spray it on and let it dry/cure. It's much less labor intensive and finicky that the Cerama-Coat.

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The Cerama-Coat is a bake on finish and the AlumaCoat II is a spray on epoxy coating that dries pretty quickly, but takes about two weeks to properly cure and harden.

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CA, didn't you have a pic of the Eddystone somewhere....I thought that finish looked great!

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Now I just have to get off my butt and reassemble it.





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I think this pic shows off the finish best!!

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wow, that's gorgeous.

I should have added though, I've already had the metalwork bake-finished
this is just for the wood and upper, so baking it is kinda out of question,
I believe we do actually have an airbrush hooked up here so I'll look into it.
Is duracoat easily available and what is it likely to cost?

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