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 alternative to blasting?
at4rxj  [Team Member]
10/19/2009 4:47:09 PM EST
I've got two projects I'm working on.... One duracoat and one cerakote. What I've read is that I need to blast before the cerakote... I don't have a blasting setup, and can't buy one right now. Is there anything I can do in place of the blasting? I know I'll need to degrease really well, but what do you all recommend about the blasting???

Thanks in advance!
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LtBlue425  [Team Member]
10/20/2009 9:45:36 PM EST
A cheap way to do it is get one of those pistol grip blasters with the bead reservoir on top.
Colt45guy  [Team Member]
10/21/2009 1:33:10 AM EST
the blasting gun referred to is $19 at Harbor Freight. You'll still need a compressor to run it. Figure about $100 for a used 110v 5 gal compressor at a pawn shop or Craigslist. Then, another $20-$40 or so for some media depending on what you buy.


Call around to your local machine shops, auto paint shops, etc.....you can probably get it blasted for under $50.



I strongly recommend sandblasting over hand sanding. Some folks have had good luck with hand sanding, but in the long run, blasting is much more uniform and will give a better surface for paint adhesion. (I've refinished more than 50 firearms with GunKote, Duracoat and parkerizing.....had success and failure––all the failures were due to improper prep, and part of that prep is to blast)
at4rxj  [Team Member]
10/21/2009 5:03:13 AM EST
I have a compressor...

question on blasting with that little gun...

Where did you let the media go? Did you just do it in a driveway and sweep it up? Obviously a cabinet would be better, but that's just more money... lol

Also... When you blast say a lower or upper receiver... How "hard" do you blast it? I mean, you're not taking the anodizing off right? Do you just take the top little bit to give a fresh surface for the new product to bond to? I wouldn't think you go to bare aluminum...
GreenWolf70  [Member]
10/21/2009 3:05:12 PM EST
Lauer has a quick park kit specifically for those using Duracoat who don't or can't blast..
LA_357SIG  [Member]
10/21/2009 5:11:53 PM EST
I bought a chinese blasting cabinet off ebay for $99 and picked up some aluminum oxide (2 lbs) fron Tractor Supply. The cheap blasting cabinets work well if you remember to caulk the joints while you put it together and run some duct tape along the plastic lid.

...Anyway...


An even cheaper alternative would be a cheap top fill hand blaster and extra fine playground sand from Lowes. You could do it in the backyard and not worry about cleanup.
LtBlue425  [Team Member]
10/22/2009 6:25:58 PM EST
[quote]Originally Posted By at4rxj:
I have a compressor...

question on blasting with that little gun...

Where did you let the media go? Did you just do it in a driveway and sweep it up? Obviously a cabinet would be better, but that's just more money... lol [quote]

Build a three sided "fence" with plasic sheeting to keep it somewhat contained so it's easier to pick up with the shop vac on the garage floor. Being cheap is the mother of invention, not that old saying we've always heard.

peace_keeper81  [Team Member]
10/22/2009 9:21:17 PM EST
Originally Posted By GreenWolf70:
Lauer has a quick park kit specifically for those using Duracoat who don't or can't blast..


I looked at there site and could not find it could you send a link or the name of the product.
GreenWolf70  [Member]
10/24/2009 8:37:43 PM EST
http://www.lauerweaponry.com/item-detail.cfm?ID=DPHOS8&storeid=1&image=DuraPhos.gif&CFID=39915886&CFTOKEN=72346645

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fourrobert13  [Member]
12/3/2009 10:04:09 AM EST
Ebay has portable sandblasters in the $25 range. There is no tank due to it being used on outdoor projects. It has a hopper for the media with a hose connected to the blasting gun. Hook up the air and away you go. You can get blasting media at just about any hardware store.
Dksimon89  [Member]
12/3/2009 12:51:13 PM EST
my dad uses baking soda in his blaster. He uses it because it wont warp auto parts and you dont have to worry about clean up.
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