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DuraCoat Firearm Finishes Quick Guide

Some general comments

  • 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. DuraCoated guns can be used the next day, light use for 30 days.
    • In high humidity Retarder is recommended to slow the dry rate.
  • DuraBake -
    • DuraBake is best if you want to use the weapon immediately and the following wear situations are an issue, tight fitting handgun holster, or carrying a slinged rifle where it rubs against jacket.

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.

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 -rough up with #600 sandpaper.
  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 -rough up with #600 sandpaper.
  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.