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I'm thinking of getting my VS SF II barrel and action powder coated. Here's what I know: powder coating is supper tuff, extremely scrach and chip resistant, and comes in a variaty of colors and textures and some nice flat tactical colors ie: sand, olive drab, black ect. now the coating takes 20 minutes at 400 deg./F and costs $75-$100 dollars, you can drop it off in the morning and pick it up that evening. Which I think sounds alot better than sending it off to some gunsmith for 10 to 12 weeks and paying $250.00 for them to gun coat it. What I don't know is would putting a barrel and striped action in 400 deg.F heat cause any damage? I don't think so but if someone knows different that would be nice to know. Has anyone out there tried this?
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This guy is a revered forum member here and will be able to help you out. 

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/17/2006 at 17:58
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My first concern with regards to powder coating is that it lacks the lubricity properties of the finishes out there designed for firearms. I had a very bad experience with a powder coated piece of metal that was not being used for a firearms in that it rusted quite quickly. It was not subjected to salt or any other environmental exposure. Depending on your intended use, perhaps this won't be a concern, however, like I stated earlier, it lacked lubricity properties which should be taken in to concern. Also, most of the powder coating outfits don' usually deal with firearms. Nothing like a power coated bore and chamber to really foul up the works.

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I had a Kimber Mauser .308 powder coated by a friend who specialized in motorcycles and other vehicles.  The finish is durable (I had my truck bumper done as well) but quite a bit of material got into the action and it was a problem as Roy mentions above...I had to work the finish down....making the metal just as unprotected as it was before....the outside of the weapon is great but I still have to keep the action lubed...I would look at someone who can do a Duracoat type finish like the link above who actually specializes in firearms (and not motorcycles....lesson learned)
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I'd be real hesitant about letting a powder coater spray a firearm. Personally I recommend CeraKote. Its a liquid ceramic coating that is tough as nails and has an almost satin feel to it when you run your hand across it. It is by far my favorite coating and I have it on many of my own guns.


First off I have never cured anything at that high of a tapm and I cant tell you what it will do to the metal. I know its only 50 degrees higher than curing KG but 50 degrees is acutally a lot.


Second they need to apply it very thinly. We run our coatings a max of 1.0 mils thick (which is pretty thin).


We used to send our dirt bike frames off to be powder coated and had to mask off all the bolt holes prior to finishing.


If you are just wanting a single color on the exterior surfaces you could always do it yourself. Its not very hard and there are many great coatings on the market. I did a do it your self thread on in the tech section and stickman did a great do it your delf thread on in the do it yourself section


If you have the ability to bake it I'd recommend KG Gunkote or Moly Resin. If you cant bake it go with DuraCoat. Steve even has instructional DVD's and do it yourself beginner kits with everything you need already together in one package.


Here is a link to his website:


If you run into any problems or have any questions you can Him or hell even give me a call and I will get you pointed in the right direction.


If they know what their doing it poweder coating SHOULD be ok but I wouldnt make any promises.


If you just want the action and barrel finished and arent comfortable doing it youself we can turn it around in 16 to 18 days once we receive it. We give potics talk members a 10% discount on all refinishing services. For your application I'd recommend CeraKote.

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