Camo Job with Duracoat Aerosol
Keep It Safe
Make sure that if you are working on a firearm that it is unloaded and safe to handle.
Preparation is Key
The better the object you intend on coating is prepared, the better the outcome. This is a basic tenet of many DIY projects; it is no different here. We went ahead and stripped the old parts of previous coatings as much as we could and then washed and then wiped down the upper and its parts with Duracoat’s Trustrip cleaner and degreaser. It's key to get as much oil, lubricant and old paint off of your parts as possible, as any remnants can ruin your new coating on contact. A bead blaster would come in handy for this, but unfortunately we didn’t have one available.
Mask the Essentials
If you can, strip the gun down to just the parts you want to paint. Whatever you can’t disassemble, tape up with painter’s masking tape. Be sure to also tape any holes or areas that you do not want paint to get into.
Activating the Mixture
Duracoat Aerosol comes as a two-part mixture in a single can. The bottom of the can features a valve that when pushed down on with a red button that is provided in the spray can’s cap, releases the hardener into the can with the rest of the Duracoat coating. A whole lot of shaking is involved in mixing the two together. Aah, listen to that sweet rattling sound!
For best results, hang your parts with wire like you would get from a wire coat hanger. This way you can spray all around the item. For the camo scheme we wanted to achieve on our upper receiver, we first sprayed a base coat of a color called Underbrush. We sprayed a few rounds of thin, light mists, pausing five minutes between each coat. If you’re only looking to coat your gun or part with a single color, you can skip to Step 10. If you’re interested in seeing how we did our camo job, continue on to the next step.