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    Default The "Cheaper" Duracoat Experiment.

    First off I'd like to issue this warning: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE THE "CHEAPER" DURACOAT IF YOU CANNOT FOLLOW SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS. You'll need a large airspace, respirator, long sleeve shirt, pants, and eye protection. The chemicals in "Cheaper" Duracoat are no laughing matter. Saving money isn't worth the brain damage if you can't follow safety instructions.

    That being said, I just spent $1.82 refinishing a 10 round magazine and had more than enough mixed coating to do a 40 round magazine. This was just a test run and how was I supposed to know 3 table spoons of paint would last that long?

    What is "Cheaper" Duracoat? While sniffing chemicals and getting high, I was huffing duracoat and realized I had smelled it before. I went to the local high-on at the Sherwin-Williams dealer and he said "That's Polane S Plus Polyurethane Enamel". (I'm just kidding about the huffing part. I decided to spice up my post a little bit).

    How is it "Cheaper" Duracoat?
    Polane S Plus Polyurethane Enamel is chemical resistant and the black color can resist temperatures up to 500 deg F (That's SW's stated value, obviously there's a factor of safety in there).

    You still haven't mentioned the cheaper part!: Duracoat in its cheapest form is $320 for 128 fl-oz of Duracoat and hardener. 128 fl-oz of Polane S Plus Polyurethane + Catalyst + thinner + tax was $155. (NOTE: I mean cheapest "per unit of volume. You can buy duracoat in smaller containers)

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    Tip #1: Before you bother to start anything: get into your work clothes, get your respirator on and stir the Polane S Plus. You're going to be there for a while so make sure you're in a comfortable position. Scrape the bottom of the can with your paint stick to get all the dye into the mix.

    If you don't stir is properly the Polane will come out clear(ish) and run like water.
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    Thanks-- I'll call on Mon, but do they sell smaller than 1 gal?

    As you pointed out, that'd do 50 rifles.

    Things I'm wondering: Do they pre mix colors? Can I get the colors seperately so I could add them. What colors available?

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    They only sell it in one gallon unless you're "in" with the people working there. The guy said I could come back and get it in quart sizes in the future.

    They have pre-mixed colors available immediately or can mix the colors for you. If they have a paint swatch for it (which they will) they can make that color. The place I went to had a week of backlog orders that they were working on.

    Depending on the manager, they will split it up into 4 quarts for you and color each seperately.

    The shelf life claims to be 6 months to a year.
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    that sounds like it has promise, do you paint it with a spray-gun (duh)?
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    I used, and highly suggest only using, an air brush. Because of the cost of the stuff and the chemicals involved you don't want any wasted on overspray.
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    I've called several SW dealers in the Atlanta area & keep getting the runaround on where to actually get it. The "industrial" store I kept getting refered to just didn't answer the phone.

    I though it was Polane High Solids rather than S Plus. Does anyone know the difference?
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    High Solids = HS = higher gloss. Other than that, they're the same.
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    Attached is the first test of the "Cheaper Duracoat"

    All the imperfections you see are actually the zinc-phosphating used as a base to assist in bonding between the Polane and metal. My camera did quite a job on accentuating it.

    The bottom dots are actually fudge-ups because I failed to stir the polane before mixing it with catalyst and the stuff came out clear and ran like water. I didn't do a good enough job of wiping it off before applying the good coat.
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    Damn good job Corpsie - I'm going to try this. DuraCoat was about 2X the price of GunKote or MolyResin.... your solution offers a viable low-temp alternative to all three.

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