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Posted: 8/17/2005 6:41:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/19/2005 8:18:27 PM EDT by aksteve3]
I have a vietnam era AR15/M16 parts kit and a Rock river arms lower.

The RRA lower is gray/black in color and the AR15 parts kit is grey/green, almost a cosmolinish color.

I was trying to avoid refinishing the whole rifle since I like the "used" look.

But if I have to refinish the whole thing to get it to match that's OK. But I do want to recreate this grey/green.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


Link Posted: 8/17/2005 8:08:58 PM EDT
i need to duplicate the vietnam color also for my retro m16 any takers. ive heard sanstrom 9 was the color that people used to match early colt grey
Link Posted: 8/18/2005 3:35:06 AM EDT
If you have a piece that you can send to Duracoat they will color match it. I did this with a desert tan bolt gun I have and they matched it perfectly. I just sent them a trigger guard bolt.

Link Posted: 8/18/2005 6:39:04 AM EDT
Norrells has the color you are looking for.
Link Posted: 8/19/2005 3:54:45 PM EDT
Hi Guys,
Machine head - what is Sanstrom and who makes it?

G21, how long did it take to get your Duracoat paint match? I presume they returned your part with the order.

Stickman, What specific color name would I use with a Norrels product?

Thanks All
Link Posted: 8/19/2005 4:06:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/19/2005 4:07:33 PM EDT by machinehead]
sandstrom 9 , from what i heard, is what was mandated by technical order to refinish government firearms. sandstrom is the company name. google sandstrom 9 and you will see. this is what user colt-635 i beleive is going to use on the a1 lowers he is getting made from american spirit arms. in the military we use sandstrom dry lube on stuff.
Link Posted: 8/19/2005 4:15:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By aksteve3:

Stickman, What specific color name would I use with a Norrels product?


Dark gray-black coloration with a flat appearance. This duplicates the appearance of the early original Colt AR-15/M-16 finish. This is the same product that is purchased from us by the U.S. Military to refinish Colt M-16's.
Link Posted: 8/19/2005 6:03:10 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/19/2005 8:19:31 PM EDT
Thanks guys! You've all been a great help.

Link Posted: 8/19/2005 10:42:38 PM EDT
Sorry I am late getting back. It only took about 6 days to receive the Duracoat after sending the bolt to them.

Now the bad news, they forgot to send my bolt back and then could not find it, so I had to buy another one.

I sprayed a small piece of tin when I touched my rifle up so next time I need to order some I can just send them the piece of tin.

I don't know about the other brands but I noticed my hardener gets thick after it has been opened. I always get the small bottles of hardener and then when it starts getting thick I just throw it away. So you might want to order small sizes. The smallest size hardener and Duracoat will spray about 5 bolt guns.

Don't forget to wear a respirator!!

Link Posted: 8/22/2005 9:37:07 AM EDT
Thanks G21.

I'm going to call Lauer weaponery today.

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