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Old June 25, 2010, 09:17 AM   #1
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Duracoat too dang shiney

I got a great deal on a SAR-2 AK that I converted to a correct Romanian AIMS-74. The seller had it duracoated. I am glad that it is duracoated as opposed to blueing. But I have had several of my guns coated with tuff-gun by shootiniron.com and that is a fantastic finish (just plain looks better than Duracoat.)

Anyway is there any cheap at home method I could use to turn this Duracoat into a little less glossy more matt finish so it is more authentic to the AIMS-74 (AK-74) ?
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Old June 25, 2010, 04:04 PM   #2
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the only thing you could try is to flash it with a solvent. to try to etch the surface and dull the finish. but....... with this method you run the risk of having a real uneven finish when all is said and done. might be best to just live with it or have it refinished.
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Old June 25, 2010, 05:20 PM   #3
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Heavily spray black spray paint on a paper plate then dab a cotton ball onto the plate. Apply the paint to the gun in a dabbing motion. Be sure to blot out the excess from the cotton ball before dabbing it on the gun.
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Old June 25, 2010, 06:17 PM   #4
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this is matte black ceramacoat. brownells and midway carry it.




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Old June 25, 2010, 07:20 PM   #5
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Clearcoat with Duracoat Clear Matte, maybe.
(I have NOT seen it done.)

Call Lauer and ask.
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Old June 25, 2010, 08:35 PM   #6
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That matte clear looks nice, I'm in automotive paint industy and have seveal pain guns. I' degrease the heck out of it and give that a try.

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Old June 25, 2010, 09:45 PM   #7
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Funny, it looks less shiny than anodizing to me
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Old June 25, 2010, 09:48 PM   #8
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Think 2oz is enough for an AK or should I get a 4 oz can ?
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Old June 26, 2010, 11:11 AM   #9
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I'd use black spray paint and use it like they subdue camo...from a distance so it's like it got overspray. This would be temporary as it would clean right off when cleaning it. Practice on wood or something from a distance.
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Old June 27, 2010, 02:27 PM   #10
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spray paint will scratch and rub and flake right off of duracoat. anything with a hardness rating like duracoat does not take well to top coating. even duracoat clear needs to be applied within a window of time or you will need to abrade the surface.
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Old June 27, 2010, 02:55 PM   #11
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Has tried out the Preval disposable sprayer? And if so, how'd they work? I'd like to try my hand with Duracoat, but don't have the $ for a high end sprayer/compressor.
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Old June 27, 2010, 02:57 PM   #12
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Old July 1, 2010, 02:55 PM   #13
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preval cartridge spayers are decent if the material is reduced right. if not then you will see significant orange peal in the finish. but if done right you will be happy with the end result. my suggestion is to practice the spray on a test area. like a brush out card.
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Old July 1, 2010, 03:14 PM   #14
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Funny, it looks less shiny than anodizing to me
Matte finish duracoat is less shiny than gloss finish duracoat. You don't say.
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Old July 6, 2010, 08:35 AM   #15
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For2nado is right. If you wait too long between coats, the Duracoat becomes too hard for a good tooth between coats. As I remember, it is 48 hrs.
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Old July 6, 2010, 05:00 PM   #16
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you could try hitting a small area with a scotch brite pad and see what it does. I have hand polished matte duracoat to a gloss but not the other way around.
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