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Old February 11, 2013, 02:22 AM   #1
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Duracoat

I was at the gunshow over the weekend and saw a Ruger Redhawk with the 4.5 in barrel. Been looking for one for over 8 months. The price was good, but it had camo pattern duracoat all over the frame.
My question: is there a way to strip that off, without ruining the original finish? I passed on the gun because I know nothing about the coating. The table was manned by some young high school aged kids who could not answer my questions.

Thanks in advance for your help
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Old February 11, 2013, 04:03 AM   #2
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Pretty hard finish so I doubt it but you could call and find out. They have great customer service.

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Old February 11, 2013, 04:46 AM   #3
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Usually guns are duracoated because the original finish is shot... which is often the result of hard use or neglect, neither is of which is beneficial to a second hand owner.

So if your looking at a duracoated gun it certainly isn't worth whatever it would be if it still was in the original stock configuration/finish.

Just some things to keep in mind when looking at the price tag.
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Old February 11, 2013, 09:26 AM   #4
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You could buy it and refinish with a black or dark blue duracoat finish. Just ruff it up and buy a $35.00 shake & spray kit.
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Old February 12, 2013, 04:10 PM   #5
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Just ruff it up and buy a $35.00 shake & spray kit.
I saw those and always wondered how well they work. I want to Duracoat my 22/45 with one, since it's not a terribly expensive gun to begin with I am not about to fork over $100 for someone else to do it.
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Old February 12, 2013, 05:49 PM   #6
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Black duracoat

I got one of the 50 dollar kits that actually came with a small airbrush and can of air. didnt use them since i have spray equipment. I painted a pump shotgun with both barrels and some 308 magazines for a Fal or something. Still had some left over. It goes on really thin, but has held up pretty good. Probably been 3 or 4 years now.
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Old February 13, 2013, 12:14 AM   #7
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I, for one am interested in seeing the gun before you duracoat it. Do you have any pics of this camo Ruger? If it is not too bad a job, consider these grips and holster. You will have a one of a kind redhawk



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Old February 13, 2013, 08:25 AM   #8
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My question: is there a way to strip that off, without ruining the original finish? I passed on the gun because I know nothing about the coating. The table was manned by some young high school aged kids who could not answer my questions.
Duracoat is a two-part epoxy paint that you mix with a hardner before application. I'm not aware of anything chemically that will strip it after it's cured.

I clean my airbrush and mixing bottles with the reducer or acetone.
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Old February 14, 2013, 01:23 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the advice.. I was worried about the condition as well as how to get the finish off. Guess I'll keep looking.

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Old February 14, 2013, 12:05 PM   #10
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Methylene Chloride should remove it. Not guaranteed, but it'll strip a car finish in no time.
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Old February 17, 2013, 09:02 AM   #11
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Ceramic blast it off. Glass bead, aluminum oxide, sand might work also. Also its the prefered method to prep the surface prior to re-coating the gun.
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Old February 17, 2013, 05:21 PM   #12
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I'm getting my Colt Series 70 refinished in a cerakote "sniper grey". The finish on the satin nickel is so worn that it looks really bad. I already have a safe queen Colt that only comes out for the range. I need one to carry here and there. So the series 70 stepped up to the plate.

It's getting a whole lot of other things done too
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