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Old 03-30-2013, 04:54 PM   #21
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Must admit i hate them "peanuts" Midway packs with tho
They always send me the vac packs
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They always send me the vac packs
Got them last ammo order
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:03 PM   #23
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Had some extra time this morning so I decided to fit the hammer, too bad it just dropped right in without any fitting. Looks good so far

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Old 04-01-2013, 11:08 PM   #24
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Prep is 90% of the work.

When client's ask me how long is turn around time I tell them 3 weeks.

Few days for prep (I still have a 9-5 job to attend to)
About 30-60 minutes of spray time.

Then 2 - 2 1/2 weeks sitting in a climate controlled cabinet.

The most common issues with DuraCoat finishes are due to user error;

1. Not prepping correctly / Not mixing components well enough.

2. Man handling the finished product before it has time to cure.

Resist the urge and let it sit untouched for 2 weeks and you will have a bullet proof (not literally) finish.

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Old 04-02-2013, 12:49 AM   #25
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What process do you recommend to prep a 1911 slide?

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1. Rubber gloves (your fingers have oil)
2. A cleaner / degreaser http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/metal-prep-coloring/pre-finish-surface-prep/nh-909--prod17403.aspx
3. Have all the equipment already setup to spray. Include a wire hanger (straightened it will go through the firing pin hole, once through, bend it a little so the slide cannot come off).
4. Use the hanger to assist when applying color.
5. Have a metal "test" plate and spray it as you spray the slide. When you get the urge to touch the slide, touch the test plate and leave the slide alone. When the color is cured correctly on the test plate, then chances are the slide is cured too.

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Ideally you want to media blast whatever it is you intend to spray, however not everyone has access to a compressor and blast gun. (I don't use a cabinet, the stuff I blast is so small I just let the media go into the yard haha). Substitute some 400 grit sand paper in that case.

Here are the general steps I take.

1. Acetone Clean Item (don't let sit on plastic for long)
2. Prep Item (Media Blast or Sandpaper)
3. Rubber Gloves
4. Degrease Item
5. Acetone Clean Item
6. (Optional) Bake in (toaster) oven for 15 minutes at 300 degrees if metal (this burns off any remaining residue)
7. Prep Item (Masking Tape, etc etc.)
8. Mix DuraCoat
9. Spray to desired thickness (lay light on tight areas, like where sights go, or moving parts, etc etc)
10. Let Stand for 1 Hour
11. (Optional) Bake in (toaster) oven for 20 minutes at 250 degrees if metal
12. Transfer to "hands off area" (in my case a Husky floor cabinet packed with anti-moisture items)
13. Let sit for 2 weeks
14. Reassemble
15. Go Play


People ask why I do the toaster oven after spraying since DuraCoat air cures. Simply put, the quick trip in the toaster oven speeds up the initial top layer curing and just gives you some extra protection when transfering the items to their resting place. Its like letting it sit for another hour in the air, but same results in 20 minutes by heating it up a bit. This will NOT speed up the overall curing process.

DuraCoat continues to cure even past 30 days on a molecular level. It actually continues to cure for months. The older it gets, the more resistant it becomes.

DuraCoat says you can reassemble after 24 hours and its ready for average use in 72 hours - but this in my opinion is the absolute bare minimum. You will be much more satisified with the durability if you give it 2 weeks before use. I'd say assembly after 24 hours is fine if you are careful, but still let it sit for the 2 weeks.

Some people just can't wait that long, but patience is a virtue and the end results are more enjoyable.

DuraCoat may appear to be cured on the outside, but the under coating still has some time to go.

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Thanks for the info guys, that's going to make my job look and last better. I do not have access to a media blaster so I am going to use the scuff pad and then some sand paper. I have no need to use it so it will just hang in my dehumidified gun safe for a month or two

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Got the last piece to the puzzle this morning (adjustable long match trigger) did what little fitting was needed then broke it down for paint prep and degreasing. Unfortunately won't be able to start spraying for a few weeks because of the nasty western pa weather

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I made myself a mini indoor booth using a box fan in a window and boxing myself in with plastic sheets. Still wore a respirator of course.

For rainy days and all.

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