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 Duracoat "Colt Gray" color question
JustDave  [Team Member]
3/15/2009 3:38:38 PM
Has anybody used or seen the "Colt Gray" Duracoat coating in use, and how does it compare to the XM gray used by US Anodizing and NoDak Spud? I was planning on using Duracoat on the smaller aluminum parts of my two in progress retro builds, but would like to know if the color is way off what I already have. Close would be good enough, but a completely different tone would not.

Thanks,
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TerryG3  [Member]
3/15/2009 11:34:53 PM
I believe Colt Gray is lighter - what US Ano would call pre-ban gray. If you can bake the parts, the Norrell's Grayish-black is a very close match.
Shade00  [Member]
3/16/2009 2:19:39 AM
I asked that question some time ago - Brownell's Matte Gray Gun-kote was recommended to me. It looks like a pretty nice match (I only did a barrel in it - and didn't do all the prep work, so it didn't turn out that great). From what I've read the baked-on Gun-kote is a little better product than Duracoat. Most recently I've tried Brownell's Alumahyde II Dark Parkerizing Gray. While not an exact match, it looks pretty darn good. I did one trigger guard and I was satisfied with it. I will try to take a picture tomorrow if the weather clears up a bit.
rainierhooker  [Member]
3/16/2009 2:48:33 PM
Originally Posted By Shade00:
I asked that question some time ago - Brownell's Matte Gray Gun-kote was recommended to me. It looks like a pretty nice match (I only did a barrel in it - and didn't do all the prep work, so it didn't turn out that great). From what I've read the baked-on Gun-kote is a little better product than Duracoat. Most recently I've tried Brownell's Alumahyde II Dark Parkerizing Gray. While not an exact match, it looks pretty darn good. I did one trigger guard and I was satisfied with it. I will try to take a picture tomorrow if the weather clears up a bit.


+1 to this, I have used it in a few areas for 'touch-ups' and on my C H coded upper it is an EXACT match to the grey annodizing, the secret is to rough-up the surface of whatever you are spraying and go in light but quick coats...
JustDave  [Team Member]
3/16/2009 7:41:23 PM
Thanks all for the info.

Baking is the hard part - only one oven and I'm not sure if I could convince my wife into allowing the baking of gun parts

However, I'll check out the Brownells products.

Worse case scenario I'll drop to Plan B and send all the parts off to US Anodizing for finishing - once I finally get the remaining lower parts I need.
Shade00  [Member]
3/16/2009 9:27:20 PM
Alumahyde II can be baked, but it's not necessary. Baking will speed curing time (as with most of these products). However, if you can properly prepare whatever it is you want to paint, paint it, and leave it alone for quite a while, you'll have a very nice finish. Just got to keep your paws off 'em!
bigsapper  [Life Member]
3/17/2009 12:01:49 AM
This is probably the best "avarage" picture I have of the color difference of mine. Some pics show a very dramatic contrast and some virtually no contrast. This is the closest to what it looks like in person, if you're looking to notice a difference.



The upper is a genuine Colt M16A1 upper and the lower is a Colt MT6400C refinished in Duracoat Colt Gray by our own freeflow. The barrel is off a Colt 6520 and is probably a more accurate match to the Duracoat Colt Gray.


Magnus  [Member]
3/17/2009 1:20:07 PM
You can see a difference if you back off your screen a bit. Looks damn close enough though. I want to see a pic of the Al Hyde 2. I like the idea of an aerosol application. Might go that route should I go with an A2 lower over NDS for my 604. Hopefully I'll be in a position to score an NDS 601 lower though when next they are available.
Shade00  [Member]
3/17/2009 1:53:06 PM
Originally Posted By Magnus:
You can see a difference if you back off your screen a bit. Looks damn close enough though. I want to see a pic of the Al Hyde 2. I like the idea of an aerosol application. Might go that route should I go with an A2 lower over NDS for my 604. Hopefully I'll be in a position to score an NDS 601 lower though when next they are available.


Ask and ye shall receive. I struggled with my stupid camera for a while, hoping to get the white balance correct so it would show up looking like it does to my eyes. Trust me when I say that there is almost no difference to my eyes, and when I asked my wife (who is an artist with a real eye for color), she said she wouldn't have noticed the minute difference if I hadn't mentioned it. I also did a fairly poor job of prepping the piece, but the finish seems all right.



Gratuitous shot of the carbine it's on:

Magnus  [Member]
3/17/2009 2:14:06 PM
Thanks Shade! Looks awesome.
HeavyMetal  [Team Member]
3/17/2009 10:52:45 PM
Norell's makes a Colt Grey moly kote that I have used with great success,
madmanblake  [Member]
3/17/2009 11:13:45 PM
Originally Posted By JustDave:
Baking is the hard part - only one oven and I'm not sure if I could convince my wife into allowing the baking of gun parts


This, my friend, is why god invented the chick flick. "Sure, go ahead, I'll be fine, you have fun and I'll see you [in enough time to air out the house...]"

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