How durable is
If applied properly, DuraCoat is
permanent. With normal use, a firearm finished with
DuraCoat will last several lifetimes.
What is DuraCoat?
is a two part chemical coating. Unlike other firearm
finishes, DuraCoat was created specifically for
firearms. Other firearm finishes are "spin-off's"
from other industries.
Is DuraCoat Teflon based?
Teflon is a lubricating coating which is great for
internals, but will not wear as well as DuraCoat on
the exterior surface of a firearm. DuraCoat's
combination of elasticity and hardness creates a
finish impervious to impact, scratching and the
elements. Some users say DuraCoat displays some
lubricating qualities, but this phenomenon was never
intended when DuraCoat was created.
Do I have to be a certified
finisher to purchase DuraCoat products?
Absolutely not! DuraCoat can be purchased by
anyone. We can supply you with all the resources
necessary to apply DuraCoat. Please contact us for
pricing and "kits". Remember, to obtain all the
benefits of DuraCoat, the surface must be prepared
properly. Please contact us with any questions you
How do I apply
can be applied by airbrush, conventional spray gun,
or HVLP spray gun.
Can DuraCoat be brushed on?
absolutely not. DuraCoat is for spray application
Will DuraCoat adhere to hard coat
anodizing and Parkerizing?
loves hard coat anodizing and Parkerizing as a base.
Both processes leave a good rooting surface for
Are the Peel 'n Spray templates
Most patterns can be used up to 6 times. The
MirageFlage pattern is difficult to reuse because of
the many angles. To reuse the template, remove from
the firearm and place on wax paper for future use.
Do I need a special degreaser?
Some degreasers, especially those used in the
automotive industry, can leave a residue. This
residue will form a barrier between the surface and
DuraCoat causing a coating failure. We recommend
TruStrip degreaser solely for the firearms industry.
TruStrip is capable of cleaning the contaminates
commonly found on and in firearms and will not leave
need a special solvent to clean my airbrush or spray
thinner will work, but clean your equipment with
DuraCoat reducer occasionally. This will keep your
airbrush or spray gun in top working condition.
Depending on your spray equipment, spray technique,
climate and environment your DuraCoat may or may not
Can DuraCoat colors be blended
DuraCoat colors can be intermixed. With a handful of
stock DuraCoat colors, you can create an infinite
number of colors by blending them.
When is DuraCoat fully cured?
is dry to the touch in 20 minutes, can be handled in
1 hour and is ready for use overnight. Although
DuraCoat will gain most of its final hardness,
elasticity and chemical resistance over a 2-3 week
period, time will continue to enhance DuraCoat's
characteristics over a lifetime. DuraCoat, like fine
wine, gets better with age. As we say, "DuraCoat
wears in, not out."
Can DuraCoat be applied to wood?
will adhere to any surface that is properly
I hunt along saltwater. Will
DuraCoat withstand the salty environment?
Certainly. DuraCoat is well suited for salty
environments. One of DuraCoat's attributes is its
extreme ability to resist salt corrosion. A firearm
coated with DuraCoat simply will not rust...EVER!
Will DuraCoat burn off my barrel?
can withstand temperatures as high has 500-600
degrees F. With "normal" shooting, your barrel will
never get close to being that hot. If you are
fortunate enough to own a transferable machine gun,
or if you like to "blaze" with your semi-auto, do
not put DuraCoat on your barrel, as your barrel
temperature will rise to over 1,000 degrees F. In
those cases, use DuraHeat. Our DuraHeat coating can
handle temperatures up to 1,800 degrees F.
How easy is DuraCoat removed?
easily at all. The elastic nature of DuraCoat
resists blasting. A qualified individual, with the
proper blast media, can safely remove DuraCoat
without damaging the surface of the firearm. Be
careful. In most cases, we recommend lightly
blasting the surface, being cautious not to remove
any DuraCoat. Just "beat up" the DuraCoat giving it
"tooth" so your new application of DuraCoat has
something to adhere to.
Why do other
firearm finish manufacturers boast hardness, but
make no mention of elasticity?
the case of firearm finishes, a common misconception
is "harder is better". This is faulty "old school
thinking". Hardness means brittle and brittle means
chipping. DuraCoat, being elastic, will not chip. If
your DuraCoat chips, it means you have a preparation
problem. Most likely, the surface was not clean.
Elasticity provides protection by "giving" when
confronted with impact. Elasticity also helps
prevent scratches and mars.
What is the turnaround time if I
send a firearm to be refinished?
completion time is 1-2 weeks. We do get very busy at
times and will notify you if it will take longer.