View Full Version : Duracoating a stock
August 18, 2006, 01:06 AM
Hi guys. I just purchased a Ruger Ranch Rifle with a factory synthetic stock. I am probably going to purchase a Hogue overmolded stock for it. I want to dura coat the stock in an urban camo or the Marine camo pattern. Something along the lines of what Springfield uses on the Socoms and M1As.
My question is: Is there any reason that the Dura Coat will not stick to the Rubber on the Hogue stock? I have never coated anything rubber before and I couldn't find anything about it on their site. Anybody here done it before?
August 18, 2006, 04:18 AM
Other than the fact that the rubber is plyable and the DuraCoat isn't?
August 18, 2006, 12:52 PM
If I were going to paint a stock with a heat-cured coating, I would not choose to apply it to a synthetic material that will degrade significantly at 350 degrees. Perhaps you should reconsider.
August 18, 2006, 02:31 PM
I haven't had any luck getting it to stick to rubber grips so far. I would suggest getting some of the krylon Paint that sticks to plastic and give it a try on the stock and use Duracoat for the gun itself.
August 19, 2006, 06:27 PM
Most rubber has a release agent added to release from molding. Duracoat or any paint will not stick to this well, if at all.
I have not had any luck with Duracoating any rubber parts as well.
An aside to Scorch Duracoat doesn't need to be baked to cure.
August 19, 2006, 07:16 PM
Actually Lauer makes several formulations, so it is confusing. I believe their original one-part finish is now called DuraBake, and they have DuraLaq and TruCoat. DuraBake obviously requires baking. I haven't read up on the lacquer or the clear finish, so I don't know about baking them? The two-part Duracoat sets chemically like epoxy and can set at room temperature (though heat will help it reach maximum set much faster). They sell an oven for baking all their products, DuraCoat included.
DuraCoat claims to maintain some flexibility, but it won't be up to the rubber's ability to flex under it and crack it in use. Rubber colors are usually pigments molded in when the rubber part is made, or an outer second layer of pigmented rubber, as when a stripe is added to something. If you prepped the surface with the right solvent, some vinyls might work, like those for patching car seats and raincoats, but they generally require heat to set, like from an iron.
August 21, 2006, 02:08 PM
Thanks for explaining that Nick. I thought I had taken leave of my senses there for a minute or so.
Actually, I was thinking of GunKote. Sorry.
August 25, 2006, 09:59 PM
Also, as an aside, call RMP gunworks in Topeka, Kansas and talk to Pete Rafferty about Dura-Coat on the Hogue stock. He may have some other suggestions.
August 26, 2006, 04:50 AM
it won't work on a hogue overmolded stock. I tried this awhile back with one for a 10/22. It got very messy very quick.:o It won't stick worth a darn.
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