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Old 08-23-2018, 05:32 PM   #1
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Paint job on HP (deblue, reblue and paint)

Hi everyone,
Proud owner of an HP :), wanted to ask the experts a few questions but before doing so I wanted to share what I've done and get your opinion.
So I deblued my gun using evaporust, which works great by the way. I initially cleaned it with soapy water and a toothbrush, made sure all the grease and dirt was gone before submerging it. All the videos, and the instructions on the back of the evaporust container, specify that you need to rinse the parts with water after evaporusting them, however every time I did this, fast rust started building up almost immediately... so after the second time I changed the set up. No more water rinsing, I just took them off and let them to air dry, where I live is super hot and quite moisty so I did everything in a room with AC to avoid the heat messing up with my chi and that seemed to fix the problem. After evaporusting them for the 3rd time and ensuring there was no rust, I added Remington oil to every part of it, every pin, every lever, everyfreakingthing, slide and frame as well and it worked like a charm, no rust still and this was 2 days ago. Now I want to duracoat it, however I am not sure if I should reblue the parts to add some protection from rust (I have brownells oxphoblue) and then duracoat them, what do you guys think? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-24-2018, 12:18 AM   #2
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Personally, I would re-blue first and then use the Duracoat.

Call me OCD if you want, but I just like the idea of redundancy when it comes to protective measures of any sort for any thing.
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Old 08-24-2018, 02:19 PM   #3
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I would be prone to ask the folks that manufacture Duracoat and get their recommendations. They SHOULD know all there is to know about Duracoat. Just saying!!
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Old 08-27-2018, 08:48 AM   #4
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Another lesson learned, after oxphoblue, cleaning the gun with a cloth and then oiling it doesn't do the trick, at least not for me. I had to cure the gun with a mixture of baking soda and water after bluing it to neutralize oxphoblue, then oil it to finish the work. Took me several tries and a lot of researching online, hope this helps out anyone who reads my post.
@abninftr, I wouldn't say you are OCD, I would say you are smart
@gt40doc, according to duracoat the paint itself provides rust protection and it can be applied on blued surfaces however like abninftr says, its better to add some extra protection
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:23 PM   #5
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If it is o.k. to paint over a blued surface then, if it were my pistol and I was going to Duracote it, I would parkerize it first rather than using a cold bluing technique. I believe that the "paint" will adhere better to parkerizing than bluing.....just an opinion.
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Old 11-05-2019, 10:02 AM   #6
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Yes parkerize then suncorite black enamel baked on 250 degrees one hour. Or better yet semigloss black duracote. Done my FAL this way.
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