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Some general comments
Surface Prep Chart at Bottom

  • The process of applying DuraCoat is not much more difficult than painting a lawn chair with spray paint. The biggest difference is that DuraCoat is a resin and you must mix it with the supplied hardener before spraying it on your weapon, or with DuraBake you have to bake the weapon up to temperature to cure.

  • Duracoat should only be applied indoors in a garage or similar building with good ventilation or outdoors and never in the home. Masks, N-95 paper filter type are always recommended as minimum protection with good ventilation.

  • Always wear safety goggles when working with any chemicals.

  • DuraCoat will react with any uncured Silicone near your project.
    Even Silicone in a sealed tube across the room can cause a reaction. Usually it causes bubbles to form in the Duraoat.
  • Colors should always be shaken until the ball rattles, and then 3 additional minutes. When stored pigments will seperate and go to the bottom of the container.

  • DuraCoat -
    • DuraCoat should be applied between 65 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • In high humidity Retarder is recommended to slow the dry rate.
    • Cures by chemical process after mixing the DuraCoat and hardener.
    • Drys overnight so the weapon can be reassembled the next day, and then be used.
    • Available in a large variety of colors
    • DuraCoat requires a full 30 days cure before the following wear situations are not an issue;
      • All holsters have areas where they fit tight and this will act like sand paper causing wear when inserting and removing the weapon.
      • Carrying a slinged rifle causes friction between the jacket or clothing and the weapon and this will also act like sand paper causing wear.
  • DuraBake -
    • Is cured by baking the weapon in an oven for a period of time and uses heat to cure. (See the DuraBake page)
    • Available in a limited number of colors.
    • Availabe in Aerosol cans, does not require an airbrush and a compressor or propellant.
    • DuraBake is best if you want to use the weapon immediately and the following wear situations are an issue;
      • All holsters have areas where they fit tight and this will act like sand paper causing wear when inserting and removing the weapon.
      • Carrying a slinged rifle causes friction between the jacket or clothing and the weapon and this will also act like sand paper causing wear.
  • Weapon preparation -
    • Is very important prior to applying DuraCoat or DuraBake to prep the weapon properly. Following the detailed steps for applying 1 or more solid colors or a Camopak pattern below will help you achieve professional results.

Application Tips DuraCoat

Getting the right finish is usually easy if you follow a few tips. Applying Gloss or Matte DuraCoat is not a guarantee that the finish will be Gloss or Matte, painting technique and additives are also important as the following information outlines.

You need to make sure your DuraCoat is well mixed this insures that all the pigments get mixed in for the right color, and that the agents that affect Gloss or a Matte finish are also mixed in properly.

We often try to put down very light coats to avoid runs however, it is important to always get a light wet coat on the surface, so the finish can level out and flow together. This creates continuity of the finish and allows the gloss or flattening agents to form the right sheen for the finish.

Reducer 10 to 20% of volume will give you more time to get a light wet coat on the surface and helps provide a smooth even flow in the finish. Reducer is not required when painting with DuraCoat it just makes it easier to get that wet light coat without runs.

Retarder 10 to 20% of volume will give you more time in higher temperatures by slowing down the evaporation rate and also reduces. It prevents drying in mid-air on the way to the surface, which can cause a cloudy or haze like finish in colors or DuraClear. You should use either retarder or reducer but not both.

The most common mistake made when applying DuraCoat is shooting too far from the surface. You need to find that sweet spot, that allows you to put down the DuraCoat without runs but gives you that light wet coat that will show the finish as intended.

First you need to make some choices

  • Pick the Pattern or Solid Color of your choice (Rifle & Pistol).
  • Decide if you have a way of applying the DuraCoat it must be sprayed onto the weapon.
    • If you do not have a airbrush and then we have low cost airbrushes, and the new Preval Disposable Sprayer, or the Shake 'N Spray Kit for 1 color.
      • Our airbrushes come with standard fitting to connect to your compressor.
      • Usually you will set the output pressure on your compressor from 20 to 40 pounds.
        • If you do not have an compressor you will need to also purchase some cans of propellant.
        • Typically one can of propellant will do one or two rifles.
      • Preval Disposable Sprayers are designed to be filled, and then used with up to 4 oz. of DuraCoat.
  • We recommend TruStrip™ to cut all gunk and grease fast. It dries extremely fast without leaving residue. This product is ideal for use as a cleaner prior to refinishing with DuraCoat® products.
  • We recommend you purchase some Reducer to clean your airbrush and tools.
    • DuraCoat is a resin not paint, paint thinner will not clean your airbrush and tools.
  • You might consider DuraCoat®clear to even out the slight sheen differences when using multiple colors, such as camouflage patterns. Its not necessary, but recommended highly for a top notch finish.
    • DuraCoat®clear can also be applied over any color to add a more matte, gloss, or satin finish however, DuraClear should always be applied within 7 days.

When you receive your DuraCoat Order to Apply 1 or More Solid Colors
Do exactly in the order shown for the best results.
Duracoat Firearm Finishes

  1. Disassemble your firearm to make it easier to apply the DuraCoat.
  2. Use TruStrip degreaser (Degrease only once & First).
  3. Surface Preparation - Check the table below.
  4. Use an air hose to blow off the surfaces.
  5. Mask off parts you do not wish to cover with DuraCoat.
  6. Mix the first DuraCoat color with the Hardener.
  7. Apply the first solid color. Light multiple overlapping wet coats, do not try to cover with one heavy coat. Allow to flash dry between coats.
  8. Mask off overlapping areas and mix and apply each additional color of your choice.
  9. Optionally spray on DuraCoat clear to even out the slight sheen differences when using multiple colors however, DuraClear should always be applied within 7 days.
  10. Masking tape should always be removed immediately after the last color has been applied and has flash dried. Mineral Spirits can be used to remove the masking tape adhesive.

When you receive your DuraCoat Order with Camopak
Do exactly in the order shown for the best results.
Duracoat Firearm Finishes

  1. Disassemble your firearm to make it easier to apply the DuraCoat.
  2. Use TruStrip degreaser (Degrease only once & First).
  3. Surface Preparation - Check the table below.
  4. Use an air hose to blow off the surfaces.
  5. Mask off parts you do not wish to cover with DuraCoat.
  6. Select and apply templates.
  7. Mix the first DuraCoat color with the Hardener and then spray on the base coat for the pattern you have chosen. Light multiple overlapping wet coats, do not try to cover with one heavy coat. Allow to flash dry between coats.
  8. Select and apply additional templates, and mix and spray on the next color.
  9. Repeat the previous steps until you have sprayed on all the colors of the Camopak.
  10. Optionally spray on DuraCoat clear to even out the slight sheen differences when using multiple colors however, DuraClear should always be applied within 7 days.
  11. Templates should always be removed immediately after the last color has been applied and has flash dried. Mineral Spirits can be used to remove the stencil adhesive.

Surface Prep Chart
Surface Type
Surface Preparation
 
     
Aluminum Blast with 120 grit Aluminum oxide .........................OR Lightly Sand with 600 grit sandpaper
Brass Apply directly over,
Use only for low wear applications (Display only)
 
Chrome Strip first off chrome first  
DuraCoat Lightly Sand with 600 grit sandpaper  
Gun Blue - New or Very good condition Lightly Sand with 600 grit sandpaper  
Hard Coat Anodizing Apply directly over  
Nickel Blast with 120 grit Aluminum oxide .........................OR Lightly Sand with 600 grit sandpaper
Parker Apply directly over  
Polymers - All
Extra Rough Up
Blast with 120 grit Aluminum oxide .........................OR Lightly Sand with 600 grit sandpaper
Stainless Steel Blast with 120 grit Aluminum oxide .........................OR Lightly Sand with 600 grit sandpaper
Teflon Blast with 120 grit Aluminum oxide .........................OR Lightly Sand with 600 grit sandpaper
Wood Lightly Sand with 600 grit sandpaper  

Click on the DuraCoat Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ),
Peel 'N Spray, and DuraCoat Info Menu selections for additional details

DuraCoat Product Checklist

Shake N Spray Shake N Spray kits are complete kits,
Aerosol Can DuraCoat in a Aerosol Can, available as a complete kit also. Makes 12 ounces of DuraCoat enough for 2-4 firearms, Remains useable for up to 48 hours once activated.
Color Collections DuraCoat Color Collections Standard, Bloomberg, DuraLaser, Electric, Metal, Tactical, Chameleon Coat, Zombie
Starter Kits Starter Kits Beginners, Startup Pak, Professional
DuraBlue DuraBlue spray on bluing
DuraHeat 2.0 DuraHeat 2.0 with stands temperatures of up to 1600 deg's F used on the barrels of fully automatic weapons
EasyWay Camo EasyWay Camo Four Color complete kits, includes everything
Camo Patterns Camopak Pattern Kits, Pattern & Paint only, or Pattern only stencil kits, kits for pistols and rifles.
DuraClear
DuraFil
TrueStrip
DuraCoat Clear evens the slight sheen differences
DuraFil used to fill pits and dings before applying DuraCoat
TrueStrip Fast no residue degreaser used to remove all grease
Shake N Bake Shake N Bake complete DuraBake kits, include every you need to apply DuraBake. DuraBake is fully cured immediately
DuraBake DuraBake is DuraCoat in a aerosol can or container that is baked to cure instead of mixing in hardener, limited color selection
Textures & DuraPearl DuraVelvet and SoftSand Texturing for DuraCoat products
DuraPearl
is a sparkling top coat.
Additives DuraFlex increases the flexing properties of DuraCoat
UV hardener for outdoor use, keeps color from fading in Sun
Reducer used to make the flow smoother, and to clean tools
Retarder slows the drying process, helps eliminate dry spraying
Flattening Agent used to give DuraCoat less sheen or gloss
Quicken used to accelerate the "initial' or "final" cure time
Airbrushes Airbrushes Disposable and reusable, airbrush kits
DuraGlo Night Sight Paint DuraGlo Sight Paint this glow in the dark night sight paint is a phosphorescent coating which glows brighter and longer than any nigh sight available.
Sealant DuraClear Sealant Sealant for Hydro Graphics