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Old December 18, 2011, 11:23 AM   #1
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92FS Gun Kote

Hey guys I am brand new to this forum but not a complete newb with firearms. I obtained a nice 92fs about a year ago that was a retired police weapon, so naturally it had some sexy holster wear on it that I was not digging. For about a month or so I have been thinking about refinishing it and have researched everything from duracoat to park. I finally went ahead and ordered some gun kote since it seemed to be pretty forgiving for the DIYer. The gun kote will be here tomorrow and my paint gun is in the garage anxiously waiting!

I began prep for the gun last night which included an initial degrease, complete dissasembly, media blasted, boiled in soapy water with a dash of baking soda, degreased again, baked in the oven to leech out some oil (was really surprised how much this works, wish I had pics) and will get degreased some more between tonight and tomorrow... with latex powder-less gloves of course!

I wont go over supplies since there's a thousand threads on every forum related to that but I will note that I uses 220 grit alum oxide rather than the recommended 120. The lower receiver is aluminum so figured 220 was fine for that, for the slide, barrel and other pieces I mixed in a bit of fine sand which seemed to work great. Here is a few pics of it after blasting!





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Old December 19, 2011, 10:08 PM   #2
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well it seems noone cares but I AM DONE! Here is a pic of the final product, it will get 200 rounds fed to it tomorrow so I will update on durability and wear. I think I did everything perfect as the finish seems hard as a rock.



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Old December 19, 2011, 10:15 PM   #3
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all the streaks are just oil that caught some light!
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Old December 19, 2011, 11:13 PM   #4
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Im surprised no one else has commented. But ill say it looks like you did a pretty good job
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Old December 19, 2011, 11:28 PM   #5
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thanks man I am proud of it, hopefully it holds up for a good while!
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Old December 20, 2011, 06:08 PM   #6
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Nice job , Looks brand new.What was the total cost?
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Old December 21, 2011, 12:12 AM   #7
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cost was not bad, I already had a nice 25gallon air compressor. So anyways heres the list of stuff I had to buy all at harbor freight

sand blaster 10$
detail paint gun 14$
in line air and water filter 1$
brake cleaner 4$
latex gloves 4$
aluma oxide media 10$
gun kote 20$


TOTAL 63$

I did not use a heat gun as recommended but I have a torpedo heater in my garage that I would hold parts in front of and it worked better than I could have imagined.

I put 200 rounds through it today with a dozen or so holster presentations and it seemed to do great! There is some wear from the holster in one spot that seems to be from my negligence... I don't think I got all the oil from the particular spot. The rails that contact the slide that receive constant friction did not wear at all though!
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Old December 21, 2011, 08:12 AM   #8
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Looks good. Was the original finish that worn that a refinish was needed?
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Old December 21, 2011, 10:19 AM   #9
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Never saw the original post but caught the update. The gun looks great, nice job! (the 92FS is my favorite by the way). You'll have to let us know how the finish holds up.

I liked this ...

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I have a torpedo heater in my garage that I would hold parts in front of and it worked better than I could have imagined.
Now that is a good idea!
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Old December 21, 2011, 12:20 PM   #10
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As long as your heater is gas fired it's a great idea . If the heater were Kerosene fired you'd be putting impuritys on as quick as you were taking them off . You did a good looking job , but if that piece is going in and out of a holster with any regularity , it's going to wear off quickly . CeraCote or Cerama Cote are the most wear resistent bake on finishes .
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Old December 21, 2011, 01:43 PM   #11
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The original finish wasn't terrible but not pretty either. It was a tired police piece so it saw a holster A LOT. My grandfather got it back in the day and gave me all his guns right before he passed. It is stamped 1991 on the trijicon sights and is all metal ( which I love) rather than the plastic guide rod and such. So far the finish is holding up better than expected. I am in the military so I am used to shooting the 92 and prefer it when it comes to range time because I feel as if I am getting some practical training out of it. You are absolutely correct about the torpedo heater which happened to be kerosene... well I guess everyone makes a mistake their first time round with these sort of things!
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Old December 21, 2011, 01:54 PM   #12
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It looks real good, and you didn't break anything--a wonderful outcome.
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Old December 22, 2011, 03:25 PM   #13
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You are absolutely right , everything has a learning curve involved , from potty training on through life . We do learn from our mistakes , we learn that we made a mistake ! Sometimes mistakes aren't an option when working on guns . If ever in doubt about how to procede on a gun project , whether it's refinishing or repairs , give the Techs at Brownells a call .
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Old December 22, 2011, 11:26 PM   #14
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yeah roger that, well it seems its holding up great anyways. This is a gun I will have forever and I am sure it will see some gun kote or cera kote again. I will be using it next month in my first ipda match!
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Old December 23, 2011, 12:06 AM   #15
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Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looks better than GREAT! keep up the great work. Did I mention it looks GREAT?
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