Alumahide

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by ctshooter, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

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    My son has been after me to help him change the color of his rifle. Wondering if any one has experience with alumahide and in particular will it stick to the plastic stock and foreend (magpul).
     
  2. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Why not just buy nice stock from Boyds?
     

  3. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I know Alumahyde II works on metal and plastics. It is air cured, and takes at least a full week to cure, much like Duracoat.

    What kind if rifle, what color is it now, and what color is he wanting. Some colors may be easier than other to cover, depending on the color being used to cover.

    Prep is usually the key to good results.
     
  4. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

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    It is an AR. Not solid on the color or colors yet. But he is a big fan of fde. Magpuls rendition.

    My real concern was the adhesion to the plastic. I'd rather not spend the money on new furniture if no real reason to.

    I completely understand the prep work aspect. Have a bunch of years painting cars, an am fully aware that the prep dictates the final product.

    I am also considering duracoat, but my understanding is the color is off from magpul fde.
     
  5. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I'm pretty sure Duracoat has a match for Magpul FDE. If not, as long as you coat all the furniture in the same paint it should bd fine.

    Duracoat and Alumahyde can change color when they get really hot. So you may consider one of the versions that allows baking as an option for curing. It's more likely to retain original color on the barrel and gas block if you are going to paint the metal also. Not as big of an issue if the metal was finished in a dark color, but Ive seen some of the tans turn reddish or pink after the barrel gets hot. Not as likely with the baked finishes.
     
  6. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

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    Duracoat does make "magpul" fde but from what I have read the color is way off. Much lighter shade.
     
  7. ccrow175

    ccrow175 New Member

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    I did a rifle stock with the magpul fde duracoat. I can say from personal experience, it is far off from the actual magpul fde. Way lighter.
     
  8. TheSadPanda

    TheSadPanda New Member

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    cerakote has a very close color to magpul FDE
     
  9. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Do they have an air cured version now that is ok for plastics? I haven't played with cerakote yet, but heard it can be a bit less forgiving as far as runs. Don't know from experience though. I've used Brownells Teflon baked finish and Norrels Moly Resin with good results, but they can't be used on plastics because of the baking temps.
     
  10. TheSadPanda

    TheSadPanda New Member

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    I honestly have no idea. I havnt heard of one, but that statement isn't work much. But here's a picture of a magpul stock with a cerakoted rifle.



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  11. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

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    Id love to cerakote it, but because of the baking part not really an option. I suppose I could use the oven but I'm guessing the wife would not be pleased. Really trying to keep this a father son project, really teach him the reason why I am so meticulous when doing projects. He is 16 and it is difficult at times to get the " it's good enough " mentality out of his head, but seeing as it is his rifle we are talking about so should be easier. He is generally pretty good about attention to detail, but there are times he flakes out a little.