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 Brownell's Aluma Hyde II review...
fourrobert13  [Member]
6/3/2007 12:41:47 AM
Just want to take a moment to coment on Aluma Hyde II. This is the easiest refinishing product I have used. No baking, no mixing, & no real hard surface prep. Now granted, I have used duracoat and moly resin, and I would recommend them in a heartbeat for actual firearm refinishing needs, but for misc items (mags, plastic parts, etc.), you can't go wrong. First off, color selection isn't as broad as the above mentioned finishes but for what I used it for, it was right on. Now it does cover the basics, black, od green, & tan, but there are a few more colors. I used it to refinish a few mags and a vertical grip. I couldn't be happier with the results. I used od green and matte black to refinish around 15 mags, and a CAA vertical grip green and IMO, it matches right up with the rest of my furniture. I will definately be using this product again. And with my LEO discount from Brownell's, Aluma Hyde II is only $8.55 a can, and I still have plenty left after the little bit I did. Here are a couple of pics, I know they are not the best, but I am no photographer.


dcm223  [Team Member]
6/3/2007 10:36:09 AM
The rifle and mags look good. Thanks for the review.
I am looking to do the same thing, how has the finish held up for you so far?
I have read that Aluma Hyde II goes on fairly thick - have you had a problem with the magazines dropping free from the mag well after you finished them?
fourrobert13  [Member]
6/3/2007 10:45:30 AM
No problems with the finish so far. The mags all drop free. As for durability, I haven't really tested that yet, but when I get to the range again, I will see how it holds up.
dcm223  [Team Member]
6/3/2007 2:20:07 PM
You have convinced me to give it a try. I am going to order a can or two from Brownells tonight.
What kind of surface prep did you need to do?
fourrobert13  [Member]
6/3/2007 4:10:55 PM
I would recommend, more than what I did if you are going to use it to refinish a firearm. All I did is clean the surface to be sprayed with acetone.
dcm223  [Team Member]
6/3/2007 9:33:11 PM

Originally Posted By fourrobert13:
I would recommend, more than what I did if you are going to use it to refinish a firearm. All I did is clean the surface to be sprayed with acetone.

Thanks,
I am only refinishing some pre-ban mags for now.
chuck1  [Team Member]
6/4/2007 4:50:38 AM
I use aluma hyde II a lot both on gun parts and motorcycle parts. It seems to hold up well but don't use any brake type cleaners or acetone on it as it will remove it.
Dragonfly228  [Member]
6/4/2007 2:04:17 PM
One of the draw backs I have with the Alumahyde stuff is that I have tried is that it takes almost 2 weeks for it to cure at my house. I even let it sit in a sunny window to get hit with some tropical sun. It must be the humidity here in Hawaii.

During application, I also found that it sprays like a fire hose and thick. But that can be over come by spraying a little farther back than you would with krylon and move your hand fast to avoid build up. I used the stuff on a couple stocks (see the picture thread for my Marlin .22LR and a M1A).
chuck1  [Team Member]
6/4/2007 4:22:59 PM

Originally Posted By Dragonfly228:
One of the draw backs I have with the Alumahyde stuff is that I have tried is that it takes almost 2 weeks for it to cure at my house. I even let it sit in a sunny window to get hit with some tropical sun. It must be the humidity here in Hawaii.

During application, I also found that it sprays like a fire hose and thick. But that can be over come by spraying a little farther back than you would with krylon and move your hand fast to avoid build up. I used the stuff on a couple stocks (see the picture thread for my Marlin .22LR and a M1A).


Not just you or your location. It takes that long here also. I help spped it along a little by leaving the part in my over whch always has a pilot light going so it stays over 100 degrees in there. Of course you want to let it air out before cooking anything.
For metal parts if you warm them up first it really helps out too as it dries quicker.
BuddyLeeManofAction  [Team Member]
6/7/2007 5:23:42 PM
I've hit my guns with brake cleaner after being finished in Alumihyde2 and nothing at all came off. Did you let it cure long enough? I wait 4 weeks before putting my guns back together.

chuck1  [Team Member]
6/7/2007 9:32:48 PM

Originally Posted By BuddyLeeManofAction:
I've hit my guns with brake cleaner after being finished in Alumihyde2 and nothing at all came off. Did you let it cure long enough? I wait 4 weeks before putting my guns back together.



Not much of a problem on my guns since I don't use brake cleaner on it but some motorcycle parts I have sprayed and let sit for almost 2 months due to my bike being taken apart still have it come off if brake cleaner hits it. But then again the green can crc brand stuff it pretty brutal as far as so called more eviro friendly cleaners. Acetone will also take it off too.


at your screen name. I loved those buddy lee tv ads. Buddy lee, kitty is out in the storm.