DuraCoat for fun

So my comp gun needed some finishing work, but no one around St. Louis would pick up the phone for a cerakote or plating job.


The upper is a blued Les Baer slide and barrel in .38 super. The lower is a Para Ordnance kit that comes stripped and in the white.

First I scrubbed the crap out of it using the spray they recommend and a Scotch Brite pad. Then I taped off all of the functioning parts. I maybe over taped as the back of the slide and frame is now 2 tone, but function first and I paid good money for those rails!

I used Sky Blue and Twisted Silver DuraCoat with a satin gloss coat in their nifty aerosol cans.

I sprayed a little too close and did not need more than two coats. I put way too much paint on thinking more would improve durability. Four coats later and the stamping is a little washed out. Luckily the serial number still shows clear enough. I ran out of blue paint on one double stack 1911 though.

It looks alright, functions great, and maybe after COVID a shop will want to do some plating on it.

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Very durable finish, over 6,000 rds since it was refinished and still no wear marks.

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Glad to hear about the durability. Mine will be drawn from holster and dry fired about that many rounds over the next couple of months!

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Hell that looks like a factory PARA finish :+1:

(if they did blue)

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