Disappointed in DuraCoat so far.

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Glockster_221, Feb 13, 2010.


  1. I've been extremely interested in DuraCoating my future Gen. 4 G17 in a light beige color. I have searched the internet with a fine-tooth comb of all the pictures of guns coated in Desert Beige with DuraCoat. There are quite a few, to my surprise. I have put in 6 hours in comparing and contrasting the DuraCoat colors on the Lauer Weaponry website.

    I did some posting and private messaging and I found out about some reputable guys who are professional DuraCoaters. I found a guy that I like (I was recommended to him by a cool dude here on GT). This is it: http://www.oakridgecustomfinishing.com/index.html.

    Anyhow, someone PMed me and told me to contact Lauer Weaponry directly as I couldn't quite find the particular shade of beige I wanted. I e-mailed Lauer Weaponry and they were eager to send me 10 samples of duracoated paper in the colors of my choice, ABSOLUTELY free. I was thrilled. I put in my order and they arrived in the mail today.

    I am sorely, sorely disappointed. The colors on the paper look almost nothing like they do on the website. ACU Light Tan, a very light beige color on the website, has a notable green hue to it. Magpul FDE looks NOTHING like the actual Flat Dark Earth Magpul produces. The color from Duracoat looks like a fresh morning dung instead of a brown/beige color.

    Multi beige looks downright brown. The only one that seemed OK was Tactical Desert Beige, but far too dark. I will post pics soon.

    I then contacted LW to order some more samples at $.25 a piece. This was fine and fair, but they wanted $4 for shipping. Bull crap! The envelope I received the samples in today has a postage sticker of $1.90 on it! This was the second disappointment from LW.

    I replied and stipulated that I only pay $1.90 for the shipping plus the samples I wanted. They have yet to reply.

    Don't get me wrong, most of the DuraCoated firearms I've seen on the Internet look absolutely fantastic, and I fully intend to DuraCoat my weapon. The color samples are disappointing and their advertisement misleading, is all.

    Comments, thoughts?
     

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  2. Perhaps you should be thankful you've done your research.

    I'd rather be disappointed in a few pieces of paper than my gun.
     

  3. It's tough to match colors with what you see on your computer monitor.

    Getting the color chips is the only way to know what it really will look like. You are smart to order them before you have your gun finished.

    The shipping charges that companies charge is not only the actual shipping but also for something for the packaging and the persons time to pack it up.

    You knew ahead of time that the shipping charge was $5, you agreed to pay it when you placed the order. Honor your agreement and pay up.
     
  4. Amen to that. I am pretty thorough in my research for most of the things I buy, anyhow. Especially if they are pricey investments.

    Still, I will wait to see what their lightest beige/tan colors look like before I decide on a color.
     
  5. You misunderstood me. The first 10 samples are FREE, no shipping charges. Any additional samples are $0.25 a piece plus shipping. I was surprised that they wanted to charge me $4 for the new prints I wanted (three more colors) as shipping pieces of paper costs next to nothing. I received the envelope today (THE 10 FREE SAMPLES) and the postage is only $1.90. I understand what you mean about the additional cost of packing and whatnot.

    $4 is nothing, it's the principle I'm concerned about, i.e, being misleading.
     
    #5 Glockster_221, Feb 13, 2010
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  6. how about giving cera-kote a try? I have read good things about it. (Dura-kote is nothing more then very high grade industrial epoxy paint.)

    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=26563/Product/CERAKOTE_trade__CERAMIC_COATINGS

    It requires to be baked on but it says "

    "Hardener and paint chemically bond into an ultra-thin coating that applies onto almost any surface for a clean, professional finish. Apply with your airbrush or HVLP touch-up gun for a smooth finish. Oven Cure Kit requires oven baking for 2 hours at 250° for optimal cure or 1 hour at 300° for quick cure. For heat-sensitive materials such as plastics, a 2 hour cure at 200° is adequate. Oven Cure Refill allows you to order more paint and hardener only. Air Dry requires no baking and is tack free in 40 minutes, completely dry in 24 hours, and is fully cured in 5 days. Available in Graphite Black, O.D. Green, Coyote Tan, Stainless, and Sniper Gray. "
     
  7. I understand your disappointment in colors not matching your expectation, but it doesn't sound like their fault. I'll echo what some others have said..

    1)
    They even sent you 10 freebees. They are asking for cost + reasonable handling fee for further samples. Envelopes don't stuff and get mailed by themselves, you know ?

    2)Regarding the color on monitors, getting color duplication on varying manufacture of monitors is impossible. It requires special software and hardware to do that.

    Again, Understand the disappointment, but the additional anger seems misdirected. Laure people seem to have done a reasonable job getting you the sample you needed.
     
    #7 kennjen, Feb 13, 2010
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  8. I would agree with you. I have agreed to pay them the $4 for the new samples. I'm just disappointed in the colors. Although maybe because it's on paper and not metal. I don't know. I'm still inclined to get it sprayed in Desert Beige if they can make it really flat.
     
  9. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan
    CLM

    I must disagree with the OP.

    Gary at Oakridge Custom Finishing did more than one project for me.
    I did choose a different color than you are looking at. I had him spray
    MagPul Foliage Green, it was a perfect match for MagPul's CTR stock,
    grip and rail covers.

    Gary can match a color, you just need to send him a sample of what you want.
    Pieces of paper, pictures on a computer screen are NOT going to match an
    actual part/piece in your hand.

    Good luck in your search.
     
  10. My post said nothing about Gary's establishment. In fact, I plan on getting my firearm sprayed there despite of the shortcomings of LW.

    Thanks.
     
  11. Faawrenchbndr, you're always in the Duracoat threads man, haha.

    Cool to see you have a keen interest in it.
     
  12. Like FAA said, if you can find a sample you like, Gary can match it for you. I have a G23 done by him in Foliage Green...very nice job and its held up VERY well. Good luck in your search and keep us updated.
     
  13. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan
    CLM

    Hopefully I am more of a help than a hinderance!:whistling:
     
  14. Haha. You've been a big help so far, brother.
     
  15. Shipping and HANDLING. You agreed to pay $4 so don't complain about it. Also every single monitor is going to look different so be glad you got the samples.

    Useless whining.
     
  16. What 49er said. Also, people pay good money to get their monitors calibrated so what they're seeing on the monitor looks exactly like what they'll be printing or getting. Is yours calibrated?
     

  17. +10,000 to that! Mine was calibrated at the factory so that when I bid on stuff from Gunbroker or Ebay I know exactly what I'm getting.:rofl:

    The shipping and handling thing is a joke. I look at what people charge for shipping and laugh my a** off. It's another little money maker. Extra coin in your pocket. Can't blame a crook for trying.:dunno:


    I worked for a company years ago that sold products to the public. That being said the profit from the sale's went to pay the bills and keep the company running. They were more than happy to ship samples free of charge and cover shipping to pursue the sale of the products. They company is still working to this day and very profitable. Nowadays I don't see how some of these companies stay in buisness. They charge for everything and even charge for shipping "paper"samples at an inflated price. So many other companies supply smilar products I would check them out. Your dollar is your dollar.
     
  18. I think $4.00 is a reasonable fee to cover their costs to produce, package, and ship the samples. Here's the thing. LW is not in the business to sell paper samples. They are in the business to sell their products. They already give out 10 free samples to anyone who asks. The $4.00 is a way to help recover some costs and keep the yahoo's who will keep ordering samples and never order product away.

    If it were me, I would give free samples only to people who presented a copy of a business license from their municipality. I'd charge everyone else. Don't think I'd lose many sales from it either. So i'd say LW is doing a good deed and you should stop whining.
     
  19. After doing some thinking, I think you guys are right. $4 is really not that bad a charge for producing, handling, packaging, and shipping the samples. I went ahead and ordered from there anyhow.

    But you guys are missing my main point: the colors looks almost nothing like they do on the website. That's not whining, that's cold hard evidence that I can see with my own two eyes.
     
  20. Now I'm waiting on Desert Beige, Marsh, and Stone.

    I'm anxious to see whether there is an appreciable difference between Tactical Desert Beige and regular Desert Beige.
     

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