Clear coating over Duracoat?

Discussion in 'Engraving & Refinishing' started by Red5Beard, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Red5Beard

    Red5Beard New Member

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    I'm planning on Duracoating a few rifles and was wondering if it would be ok to use automotive clear coat over Duracoat paint? Or will it crack at really high temperatures?
    2 ounces of Duracoat clear is $17 and that's too much for my wallet. I can get 32 ounces of automotive clear coat for $20.
    This will be my first time Duracoating and I would really appreciate any tips.
    Thanks
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Worry about your prep work first. If you do it right you shouldn't really need any clear coat. You're probably better off sticking with the duracoat, but I've never used the clear myself.
     

  3. Red5Beard

    Red5Beard New Member

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    Thanks for the tip mountainman. I'll probably stick with just the Duracoat like you said for my first Duracoat project.
     
  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    if your prepwork is done properly and the Duracoat is applied properly and allowed to cure, i don't think you would really need a clearcoat.
     
  5. mountainman13

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    No problem. Just take your time with the prep work make sure it is totally clean and oil free (wear gloves) and give it the allotted drying time and you should be good.
     
  6. Red5Beard

    Red5Beard New Member

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    Thanks for the tip too Axxe.
    Will do mountainman. By the way what degreaser would you suggest to use?
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    for metal i like using brake cleaner and alcohol for final wipe down, and for synthetic or plastic parts, Dawn for a scrub down with alcohol for a final wipe down.
     
  8. NF50AR

    NF50AR New Member

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    Like everyone says, prepping the metal is a vital part to Dura coat. I have dura coated a lot of things and letting it cure before you oil or whatever is the key factor. It is very durable and have yet to get a major chip or flaking of any kind.
     
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  9. thdrduck

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    Just a few tips...remember Duracoat is a ceramic not a paint so thinner is better. Also, for the final wipe down use denatured alcohol and a lint free cloth, then if you can, blow it off with oil free air. Wear surgical gloves for the entire process. A fair quality air brush works great for application. Dust is your enemy! Once this stuff cures what you have is what you have so if it gets screwed up during the application, it is best to get if off and start over because you can't fix it after it cures. And dust is your enemy!
     
  10. bige91603

    bige91603 New Member

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    I always thought that duracoat was an epoxy resin finish, I know ceracoat is a ceramic
     
  11. thdrduck

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    You are absolutely correct. I got the duracoat and ceracoat mixed up. Used alot of Ceracoat, but havn't ever used the Duracoat. Ceracoat is an awsome product.
     
  12. bige91603

    bige91603 New Member

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    I have used duracoat and it is good, but the ceracoat on my scorpion is amazing