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JMP
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Posted: 9/27/2007 10:22:34 AM
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I found and bought a cheap extra set of C.A.R. furniture.
I am interested in covering them in a solid Desert Tan color.
The little airbrushes they sell on the DuraCoat website look a lot like the TESTORS hobby airbrushes I used to use to paint model airplanes. I already have a pretty nice one of these.

If anyone with experience with Duracoat and airbrushes can give me any advice, I would appreciate it.

Also, in addition to the single color , do I need to also clearcoat these since they are a highly used area of the rifle?

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Posted: 9/26/2007 10:51:13 AM
try the refinishing forum under armory
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Posted: 9/26/2007 10:53:31 AM
Seriously?
There is a refinishing forum...

Man this place is big!

I'll look.
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Posted: 9/26/2007 10:56:46 AM
I started with an air brush and it worked fine , just a little slow. as far as the clear coat goes, I have never used it. I just spray the color I chose and let it dry. just dont be in to big a hurry and put back together before its completly dry. Its faster if you can put it in an oven but I havent ever tried that with the plastic parts, I usualy let them air dry for a day or 2. I hope this helps.
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Posted: 9/26/2007 12:58:38 PM
I use a Badger 350 to apply the Duracoat and Norrels Molyresin. Just use an external mix air brush.

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Posted: 9/26/2007 1:39:36 PM

Originally Posted By mr45acp2u:
I use a Badger 350 to apply the Duracoat and Norrels Molyresin. Just use an external mix air brush.

mr45acp2u


+1

I agree with the post above. There is no need for an expensive airbrush unless you plan on painting murals on cars etc.
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Posted: 9/26/2007 10:19:21 PM
I recently sprayed Duracoat on a bunch of rifle parts. This pic is the rifle dummied together before final assembly:



I got some overspray on my SS watch (that was not properly prep'd). Still can't get it off. I scrape at the Duracoat specs on my watch when I'm bored at work and the shit won't budge. I wouldn't bother with clearcoat.
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Posted: 9/26/2007 10:41:26 PM
I have been refinishing with duracoat for the last 4 months, I tend to mix the hardener on a lighter side as I prefer a more matte finish, as such I go 1 oz duracoat to 1/4 teaspoon to hardener. I like #89 desert warrior tan myself, I refinished an 870 police trade in, heres the result...



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Posted: 9/26/2007 11:04:11 PM
Heavily-Armed,

The upper is glossy? Is that standard with Duracoat ?

I have been browsing the refinishing forum and I am leaning towards Krylon Plastic Fusion.
There is a color offered called Satin Almond and I think it is pretty close to the color I want.

I'll just have to buy a can and see.
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Posted: 9/27/2007 12:22:25 AM
Duracoat Matte Black shot with a Badger 150 airbrush.


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Posted: 9/27/2007 5:50:43 PM

Originally Posted By JMP:
Heavily-Armed,

The upper is glossy? Is that standard with Duracoat ?


It wouldn't look so glossy if I had any camera skillz and didn't use the flash. That said, I'd follow what Cold said about ratio of hardener to DC. I mixed per the directions.
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Posted: 9/27/2007 10:34:55 PM
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Originally Posted By heavily_armed:
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Originally Posted By JMP:
Heavily-Armed,

The upper is glossy? Is that standard with Duracoat ?


It wouldn't look so glossy if I had any camera skillz and didn't use the flash. That said, I'd follow what Cold said about ratio of hardener to DC. I mixed per the directions.



Cool.
That is exactly the color I was wanting too.

What is the name of that color?
Can you give me one or 2 more pics close up of the starboard side with the ejection port open?
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Posted: 10/1/2007 12:04:03 AM
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Color of the duracoat is Magpul Flat Dark Earth.


Ok, that's OUTSTANDING!

Just as you said, pics made all the difference.
It's not glossy, it's more of an eggshell texture or a satin. ( Wife and I've been painting the house lately, can you tell? hinkingMy other favorite right now is #9 AUG Green for the Body with black furniture.

I really wanted to paint the handguards and maybe I will still, but I think I am going to go for the Body of one of the rifles instead.
I have 2 franken-CAR's right now. Neither of them have any character. I think this will do it though.

The paint would purely be for asthetics sake as both of these are range guns and Coyote killers.

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Posted: 10/2/2007 4:48:55 PM
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Posted: 10/2/2007 5:58:17 PM
matte clearcoat will even out sheen differences too.
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Posted: 10/3/2007 1:25:58 AM
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Here is one I just finished for a member of Calguns.
www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=70548
Once you do it for a few years a flat finish is achievable.