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Old 05-12-2013, 03:41 PM   #31
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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.
I've been thinking about doing that but I've read that any uncured silicon even in the same room will make the duracoat bubble
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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.
Gotta ?, do you the same toaster over you cook with? Haha might be silly but id prefer not to have to buy a second oven.
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Gotta ?, do you the same toaster over you cook with? Haha might be silly but id prefer not to have to buy a second oven.
I'm going to attempt to bake it at a low temp before I let it cure hanging in my dehumidified safe. Just waiting for a time when its not too humid or cold to spray
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No, I bought a $20.00 toaster oven just for my work area and for baking/curing finishes.

You can pick up a decent size table top toaster oven from any retailer, like Walmart for example (think I got mine there).

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I've been thinking about doing that but I've read that any uncured silicon even in the same room will make the duracoat bubble
There FAQ says this, but I've never had issues - maybe I have no silicon in my work area? I dunno... lol
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Decided that today would be the day to go for it. Put the three recommended coats on and now its time to hurry up and wait. Its going to be a long few weeks

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Keep us posted when its done curing and reassembled.

I demand 10mp close up macro shots to scrutinize your work! lol

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Keep us posted when its done curing and reassembled.

I demand 10mp close up macro shots to scrutinize your work! lol
For the first time I don't think I did too bad, there was a single run on the slide after the first coat but the last two covered it up for the most part. But there will be plenty of detailed pics coming in q few weeks. I expect a lot of constructive criticisms!
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Here it is all done! For the first time I am very happy with the out come. Hopefully it lasts a while

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