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sunga_sy
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Posted: 11/29/2004 11:18:47 PM EST
Which is better in finishing a completed 80% lower receiver. traditional Hardcoat anodizing or DURACOAT finish? Some said that when you anodize it, it will "enlarge" the screw and pin holes. Thus increasing play between upper receiver. i would prefer a "tight' fit.
Is DURACOAT good only for refinishing receivers?
corpseknight
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Posted: 11/30/2004 1:00:50 AM EST
Definitely go with hardcoat anodizing. The wear resistance of the anodized surface finish is a lot greater than any paint will be. One dunk in the old acid bath shouldn't make your holes much bigger. It will definitely not dissolve enough metal to create noticeable slop between the upper and lower. In fact, anodizing grows a finish which should actually make your holes even tighter. Your parts will "grow" larger by about .0005" even with the home-brew anodizing. If you send your piece out for the even thicker type III finish, your fit will become even tighter.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but if I recall correctly, the holes you drilled in your receiver are slightly oversized to compensate for the extra .0005" or so, an anodizing will give you. I might be smoking crack, but I swear I read that somewhere.


PS. Guncoat will probably clog your holes and threading. Go with Norrel's flat black if your dye job is so ugly you gotta paint the thing. Either that, or plug holes and mask threads prior to Guncoating.
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Posted: 11/30/2004 3:39:03 AM EST
www.lightmetalscoloring.com

They do Bushmasters anodizing.
VLODPG
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Posted: 11/30/2004 3:46:02 AM EST

Originally Posted By gmtmaster:
www.lightmetalscoloring.com

They do Bushmasters anodizing.



Don't they do those Barney colored (Purple) recievers?
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Posted: 11/30/2004 5:01:03 AM EST

Originally Posted By sunga_sy:
Some said that when you anodize it, it will "enlarge" the screw and pin holes. Thus increasing play between upper receiver. i would prefer a "tight' fit.



Who ever told you that doesn't have a single clue about what he is talking about.

corpseknight has it right. The blueprints take into account that anodizing will be done after machining is complete. It won't fix a badly milled lower, nor will it tighten tolerances to any noticable point as
in most cases it is only .001" thick. Type-II or Type-III Hard anodizing is always superior than an applied finish.
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Posted: 11/30/2004 5:02:09 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/30/2004 5:03:42 AM EST by neilfj]

Originally Posted By sunga_sy:
Some said that when you anodize it, it will "enlarge" the screw and pin holes. Thus increasing play between upper receiver. i would prefer a "tight' fit.



Who ever told you that doesn't have a single clue about what he is talking about.

corpseknight has it right. The blueprints take into account that anodizing will be done after machining is complete. It won't fix a badly milled lower, nor will it tighten tolerances to any noticable point as
in most cases it is only .001" thick. Type-II or Type-III Hard anodizing is always superior than an applied finish.

Check your local Yellow Pages. Anodizers are everywhere! Look under Plating, as most platers also do anodizing.

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Posted: 11/30/2004 6:16:23 AM EST
neil is correct. Anodizing doesn't enlarge holes, the grown anodize shrinks them by about 0.001".

Anodizing/parkerizing/blueing is much better than painting since those are surface conversion processes which build a tough oxidation coating. I'll never understand why people on this board have such a hard-on for painting their guns.
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Posted: 12/9/2004 3:40:10 PM EST
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Posted: 12/9/2004 3:48:15 PM EST
You should traditional Hardcoat anodize it and then have it DURACOATed.
I sent my Bushy off to www.blackicecoatings.com for complete teflon finish inside and out (except bore & chamber).

I'll post pics when I get it back and together.
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