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Old 03-10-2012, 07:58 PM   #11
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i have no idea what alumahyde is, and that duracote crap, is it that that stuff they sell at hobby lobby for the airbrush painters? cause that aint happenin. i love my girl, but not enough for 200+ bucks for a pink coat on a dinky firearm. <- orginally she wanted it pink, i told her hell to the no, now im just tryin to make it shiny.

what about that polish stuff? does that protect at all or is it just cleaning?
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:19 PM   #12
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You need to strip it with a sandblasting unit with the fine grit aluminum oxide. Use it to strip off the finish without altering the metal. If you have some pitting, you can also concentrate on that area ans smooth the pits out.
You can get one at Harbor Freight. Total cost will be around $100-125 depending on what you buy and if you can find a sale or two.

I use this method to strip duracoat and other firearm finishes when I am not satisfied with the initial result.

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time and acatone if its paint let soak. at least you aint dealing with rust
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Get aircraft paint stripper.Fill a glass bowl enough to cover the gun. Remove all the things that can be unbolted, plastic, wood,etc. Let it sit for an hour or two, and it should just all wipe right off. If it doesn't, do it again. Don't sandblast it; it will pit the metal.
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By the way, your girlfriend might just not like that derringer. They have a very hard trigger pull. I was going to buy my wife one, but she couldn't even pull the trigger.
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Use paint stripper if you do not have access to a bead blaster... No sense in buying one if you don't plan to refinish as a hobby. Now for the Duracoat?? Total investment to apply and finish a weapon will be less than $50 if you "don't" have a compressor and a bit more if you gotta buy a compressor. You don't need anything fancy.. just a 2 gal unit will work.

But bottom line... if you are doing this for your GF, don't do a half ass job....

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Get aircraft paint stripper.Fill a glass bowl enough to cover the gun. Remove all the things that can be unbolted, plastic, wood,etc. Let it sit for an hour or two, and it should just all wipe right off. If it doesn't, do it again. Don't sandblast it; it will pit the metal.
Sandblasting will not pit the metal but will etch it to a degree and leave it a bit rougher... Glass beads will be smoother since it will not etch like Aluminum Oxide will. I use my blaster all the time restoring firearms.. Glass beads if I want to reblue, oxide if I plan to duracoat or Parkarize.

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You need to strip it with a sandblasting unit with the fine grit aluminum oxide. Use it to strip off the finish without altering the metal. If you have some pitting, you can also concentrate on that area ans smooth the pits out.
You can get one at Harbor Freight. Total cost will be around $100-125 depending on what you buy and if you can find a sale or two.

I use this method to strip duracoat and other firearm finishes when I am not satisfied with the initial result.
Aluminum oxide does indeed alter the metal... Not much but it does etch it. I think you may be thinking of glass beads... GB's will not remove metal but will remove the finish... I don't recommend the cheaper model blasting cabinet from HF... Go a little higher and get the unit with the side doors... it does not leak near as bad as the cheaper one... voice of exp.

Last bit of advice? chuck the plexy glass panel and have a glass shop cut you a custom piece to put in it's place... Plate glass is preferable and it will last forever before getting that fog look like plexy will..
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