Originally Posted by gunner757
I have a kimber pro carry 2, which is slightly customized and i was thinking about doing a duracoat paint job on it. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience doing this at home with their own guns, and how labor intensive the process is. And/ or is their a better or more efficient way to paint a 1911 pistol using a different product? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks...
I've used it. The key is to degrease the weapon really well and then spray on the DuraCoat using an airbrush after you've figured out how to work the airbrush the proper way. Multiple thin coats are the best way to go.
Then let the parts sit for at least a month without touching them. That seems to drastically improve the way the finish wears over time....
...but it is still a paint finish and it will still come off in wear areas. For the money invested in the gear to do the Duracoat with and the paint itself, you could probably have someone who is competent do another type of finish that will probably last longer.
Some pics of an old bad condition Sistema Colt I refinished. It came in looking like this:
I sandblasted it using the finest glass beads I could find (from a jewler's supply store):
Then I put a two tone grey/black Duracoat finish on it:
I bought two of them and I let one sit for only 24 hours and the other I didn't touch for about 2 months. The one I left sitting for two months has held up MUCH better in the finish department than the one I messed with after 24 hours. (I baked both of them at 200 degrees for 2 hours) For maximum durability my advice would be to avoid doing ANY handling of the refinished parts whatsoever for at least a month. Re-assembly even after 24 hours will peel off the finish.