Duracoating handguns

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by JustinM, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. JustinM

    JustinM New Member

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    I really want to customize my gun to where my polymer frame is OD green and the slide is flat black but don't want to pay a fortune. At the same time I want a quality job that holds up and doesn't chip or scratch in and out of the holster. Anyone have any experience with the duracoat shake and spray?
     
  2. mountainman13

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    Duracoat goes on easy. Even if you have never used an airbrush the kit is still easy to use. My buddy just got one of the kits and it was the first time he ever held an airbrush and his glock slide is now beautifully coated in od green. Just follow the directions and put it on thin.
     

  3. Olympus

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    I did a two-tone theme on a Citadel 1911 and the results were very mediocre. The finish started flaking off the heads of the pins and face of the hammer. Then it started wearing off all the edges. I'd use it again in a pinch if I bought a gun that was in terrible condition. But other than that, I would not recommend it.
     
  4. msup752

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    I asked about this as well a while back. My H&K P7 is rusting on one side in spite do my best efforts. I think I will have to take it to a pro as the rust and bluing will probably have to. Be removed before a new coating is put on.

    I think a dura coat will cover up the unique proof marks but I carry this gun in the summer and I need something more durable.
     
  5. HOSSFLY

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    I think it'll be fine on the polymer part but I was very unimpressed with the results on a couple of steel guns i applyed it to :(
     
  6. danf_fl

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    I did one in a desert tan frame and flat black slide.

    Where the parts rub together, the metal is showing. But I've had the same thing with parkerized handguns.

    I did kitchen cabinet door "pulls" in a "brushed stainless" over 5 years ago (the wife liked the color I was doing a frame in.) So far, no problems noted.

    The key is preparation and follow instructions to the letter. And keep some extra just in case touch-ups are needed later.
     
  7. Olympus

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    No, don't Duracoat the P7. Either have it reblued or use an actual treatment such as Hard Hat or IonBond instead of using a spray on finish.
     
  8. ibewiggin

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    Ceracoat is a lot more durable. Especially if you use the bake on type.
     
  9. JustinM

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    The slide is the part I don't like lol. It's the nickel plated or whatever. I'm not a big fan of shiny I wanted all black but to get my gun in all black
    I would've had to purchase it used for fifty more dollars than I paid for a new one lol.
     
  10. lonyaeger

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    You didn't state what kind of pistol it is and what finish the slide is in.

    If it's like this one, is the slide flat black enough for you? Is so, you can paint just the frame and maybe get the results you want.

    I've Duracoated several handguns and they've all turned out and lasted well. I didn't use the shake and spray, though. I used the kit that came with a little airbrush and compressed air can.

    I used the shake and spray on a rifle stock and it seemed fine, but it certainly isn't prone to the kind of wear and tear a pistol would go through.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Sorry, I just saw that the slide is "shiny.". What kind of pistol is it?
     
  12. JustinM

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    The glock you posted is what I want this gun to look like color wise. I just picked up a sigma 9mm. The polymer is black but the slide is nickel.
     
  13. Olympus

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    Are you sure it's nickel and not just polished stainless? Sigmas don't come from the factory in a nickel finish, but they do come in stainless. It's very easy to polish stainless to a shine that can be mistaken for nickel.
     
  14. JustinM

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    Yeah it's stainless. My mistake
     
  15. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Duracoat doesn't adhere to stainless very well. Especially polished stainless.
     
  16. JustinM

    JustinM New Member

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    That's the only part I don't like lol
     
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    Glock Talo/Exo

    This is my Glock 22 Talo with EXO finish. Whether its better than
    Duracoat time will tell:

    [​IMG]
     
  18. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Im thinking about duracoating my 1911, not sure if i want to attempt it myself tho since i have absolutely no experience with the product. Heres a pic from google images, i like this color scheme and im thinking of going this route.

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  19. HOSSFLY

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    I kind of compare that picture to a picture of a cheeseburger you see at Jack In The Box----- Always looks a little different when its served up to you :eek:
     
  20. russ

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    Surface prep is key. The polished surface really needs to be bead blasted to give the coating a rough surface to stick to.