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Anybody ever use Duracoat?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by M&P Shooter, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. M&P Shooter

    M&P Shooter Metal Member

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    Uhh...not sure if it's enough propellant for a beginner. However, if you've got a compressor, then the rest will work just fine!
     

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    WRONG.

    If you're doing naked metal, make sure to blast it w/ aluminum oxide to rough it up a touch.

    Or, parkerize it; that's best.

    Naked, SMOOTH metal won't hold up too well. :wavey:
     
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    Well, yea, that's actually what I meant. Sorry if I wasn't clear. But I don't think you can parkerize aluminum, which is probably what the Sig frame is made of.
     
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    LOL, yeah, that won't work out too well.

    However, you can put walnut husk media in a blasting cabinet.

    Been there, done that. :cool:
     
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    The frame on my 226 is aluminum so what would be the best way to prep? I don't have a bead or sand blaster so what is the next best way to prep?
     
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    Find someone who does. I would venture to say (from personal experience) that blasting is mandatory. Contrary to what it may seem, sandpaper does not work well.
     
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    I did my 1911. I disassembled it, stripped the finish in acid, neutralized the acid with water, then displaced the water with mineral spirits. After drying, I applied Duracoat with an airbrush at 35PSI, mixed with hardener and reducer per Lauer's directions for spraying. I did multiple light coats, hanging all parts from wire, and let it air dry.

    I did not oven cure the finish, though it's strongly recommended. From now on I will, because it really hardens the finish. If you don't oven cure, you need to leave the parts hanging and wait to assemble for 2-3 weeks.

    I wouldn't apply the finish any differently for aluminum than steel. Duracoat will adhere.