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Blackthunder
May 19, 2011, 02:53 AM
I just bought a second hand rifle that is a very good condition, except for the finish. I would like to Dura coat the barrel. The only problem is that the barrel is too long to fit into my oven. So will Dura coat also cure at lower temperatures? Or does really need an oven at 300F?

guncrank
May 19, 2011, 10:23 AM
You mean Gunkote?
Duracoat needs no oven to cure, it is air cured as it is epoxy based product.
If you want to use Gunkote, you need to get a longer oven.

phishisgroovin
May 19, 2011, 10:52 AM
Actually, he may have purchased Dura-bake, it needs to be cooked.

Duracoat offers two types of finishes and the bake on application needs to be heated up for awhile to cure fully, it will dry on its own, but to be chemical resistant it needs to be cured in an oven, the air dry stuff takes too long for some folks (like me).

publius
May 19, 2011, 08:12 PM
I've thought about this myself. Here's what I've come up with. get a 4-6" steel pipe with end caps. get a steel rod large enough in diameter to fit down the barrel and longer than the pipe. Drill the endcaps so the steel rod extends out both ends. Insert the rod down the bore and out one end of the pipe. Screw the other endcap on with the other end of the rod extending out of the drilled hole. Your barrel/action is now suspended in the pipe. Put a propane cooker under the pipe and fire it up.

Blackthunder
May 20, 2011, 04:18 AM
Sorry yes it is Gunkote that I bought! The rifle has a 22 inch barrel plus a receiver that will not come off so I would need a very long oven! @ Publius that was exactly what I was thinking of; putting the barrel into an aluminium tube with end caps on top of a gas fire and keep a check on the temperature with an IR temperature meter. I am glad to hear that you have actually tried it out and that it worked. Buying a new oven for just one barrel defeats the point IMO.

publius
May 20, 2011, 10:26 PM
Blackthunder, I have not tried it, just thought about it before and that is the best thing I could think of.