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25th December 2004, 19:46
Recently had a Springfield M1911A1 Dura-Coated (powdered coated) in black & OD green. Anyone have any experience with this process? Love the look of the weapon and everything I have read about this process is positive.
2nd January 2005, 22:07
never had one powder coated. sounds neat how much?
can you do it at home?
i have several weapons that are teflon coated.
a few that are moly/teflon coated.
it is a thermo set epoxy that has teflon and or moly in it.
holds up great. resists holster wear better than blueing ever thought and better than parkerizing.
also will not allow rust period....had to resort to this as carry pistol i had rusted by days end. even with oils ect...
now it does't rust at all.
3rd January 2005, 06:41
The gunsmith that did my 1911 called it "DuraCoat". I think the process goes under different names but I'm not real sure. The process calls for detail stripping, bead blasting, coating and then baking at about 400 degrees or so for several hours. I had the frame done in OD Green with the slide, mag release, both safeties and the backstrap done in Matte Black. Cost was $100.00, turn key.
3rd January 2005, 09:59
i'm probably taking words out of John's mouth but....this thread is worthless without pics :D
does the powdercoat cause any trouble with some of the closer fitting pieces? i've often thought this would be a great finish-should last forever
3rd January 2005, 10:28
My experience with this paint is all indirect: a couple of friends have this finish on their Springfield M1911s and it wears off as fast as anything else. If you shoot or holster :eek: a pistol the finish wears.
Blue, Parker, or bead-blasted stainless steel can be easily refinished just about anywhere. Paint, and all these finishes regardless of their high speed low drag names are paint, takes more work.
3rd January 2005, 10:51
that makes complete sense chuck.my experience with p.c. too has been indirect- auto&bike parts mostly, where there isn't a constant abrasion.
i still wonder about appling the pc to slide/frame areas or where tight tolerances would be reqd.
3rd January 2005, 11:25
Sorry, I don't have the photo ability just yet. The finish doesn't seem to bother the tolerences at all. The comment about all finishs wearing is I'm sure correct. The gunsmith that did the DuraCoat said that it was "extremly durable". You can read into that anything you care to. :confused: My Springfield is kept in a foam lined gun box or a gun safe so I'm not concerned about the holster wear that someone who carries on a daily basis would be.
9th January 2005, 13:22
CCR refinishing applies this finish. Here is a link to the Dura Coat info.
13th January 2005, 23:32
I have read alot on the robar coatings, and was considering having my MilSpec redone is Black Rogard after some sights ( tritium) are added.
Ads can say all they want but real world use is where it is at.
And who in their right mind would gunkote their 1911 "pink"??
Maybe a cute .380 for daughter, but never a 1911.
Life is short , shoot alot !
19th January 2005, 08:37
How does chrome and hard chrome hold up to use (holstering and gun range) compared to powdercoating systems? Thinking on having mine done like this one.
6th April 2005, 14:57
Ya duracoat is not that strong there is a new coating available in alberta that you can do yourself it is called ARMA-COAT, i did my AR and once i let it cure for the 3 week period It is hard as hell, just as hard as any powdercoat or anything else.I did my glock too and shot the hell out of it,and its been in and out of my eagle holster quite a bit and still looks new.
6th April 2005, 19:23
who in their right mind would gunkote their 1911 "pink"??
maybe THESE guys....Pink Pistols (http://pinkpistols.org)
6th April 2005, 21:31
Hey Dave, I see they have a canadian chapter- why not, our gov.'t thinks its OK to let them marry and have the same rights as hetros!!???
cuban assasin- hey you got any more info on that ARMA-COAT (BTW - 1 post so welcome to 1911 org!! -nice to see fellow Albertans here)
6th April 2005, 22:09
I can attest from my car racing days that chrome is FAAAAAR more durable than powder coating ever dreamed of being.
7th April 2005, 23:44
Canuck you can purchase Armacoat at milarm in edmonton, I paid $17.99 for 4oz.It comes with instructions.No baking required so you can do plastic to.They have a really nice Norinco 1911 in a cool grey color.They even got a nice rem 700 done up too.I got their card #780-995-2394 if you want info.the company who makes it is Barretarms. :confused: never really heard of them.
8th April 2005, 14:16
Pink pistols ****! what next! I have seen some really shitty colors out there that people just think are the coolest,even those crappy electric colors.maybe repaint your daughters toy barbie car pink but a pistol cmon what happened to atleast some practicality.
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