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Old 10-02-2012, 04:32 PM #1
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How to remove Duracoat

I'm trying to remove the duracoat job the the previous owner of my 09 Impulse did. I have no clue where to begin. I've thought about just taking sandpaper or something to it, but I don't want to ruin the metal. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:48 PM #2
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Why remove it?
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:10 PM #3
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Paint/epoxy remover might do it. Pretty evil stuff. If you go that route, be very careful.. Will cause chem burns and eats through latex gloves like nothing.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:26 PM #4
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Why remove it?
Wanting to get my gun anno'd and so far the response is that they won't touch it since duracoat is such a pain to remove.

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Paint/epoxy remover might do it. Pretty evil stuff. If you go that route, be very careful.. Will cause chem burns and eats through latex gloves like nothing.
I've heard something about this. Just spraying it on and then letting it sit until the duracoat starts to bubble off?
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:30 PM #5
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The stuff i've got has a consistency somewhere between a pure liquid and a gel. So it's like wipe/brush on and it'll start to strip it immediately. Doesn't seem to affect anno at all too.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:30 PM #6
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I'd start with acetone and see if that works.

Worst case, I'd use Jasco Paint remover, but I'd try in on something expendable first to make sure it does not damage the metal.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:50 AM #7
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I use lye/sodium hydroxide to strip finishes when I'm anodizing them. I stripped and ano'd a Spyder today using it, just keep an eye on it and don't let it etch too deep.
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You do not simply remove duracoat, duracoat removes you.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:03 PM #9
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Hence duracoat *facepalm*
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Chuck Norris joke.

You will have to use some kind of solvent to remove it for ano.

I would use the strongest spray on paint remover you can get. Aircraft grade is the strongest I've used. Yes it burns, but unless your a giant ***** no reason to fret, just don't go washing your hair with the stuff.

For ano prep I would follow up with a soak in a solvent. Just to get what is left over after spray on.

MEK, xylol, Lacquer, I would look for something that evaporates slowly, but will dissolve epoxy based paint. I say evaps slowly because it will take days, even better would be to have it in a closed container.

Just go to the solvent section in your hardware store and do some reading.

Lye will not work on paint.
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You do not simply remove duracoat, duracoat removes you.
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Chuck Norris joke.

You will have to use some kind of solvent to remove it for ano.

I would use the strongest spray on paint remover you can get. Aircraft grade is the strongest I've used. Yes it burns, but unless your a giant ***** no reason to fret, just don't go washing your hair with the stuff.

For ano prep I would follow up with a soak in a solvent. Just to get what is left over after spray on.

MEK, xylol, Lacquer, I would look for something that evaporates slowly, but will dissolve epoxy based paint. I say evaps slowly because it will take days, even better would be to have it in a closed container.

Just go to the solvent section in your hardware store and do some reading.

Lye will not work on paint.
that's what the original owner said. he texted me last night with the methods he said to remove duracoat. just use an epoxy/paint remover, brush, and wire brush to take it off. apply generously and wait for the paint to bubble off.

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Old 10-04-2012, 10:50 PM #14
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this might sound a little unconventional but try brake fluid let it sit for a while and it should bubble up. I tried a bunch of different spray on coatings when I was refinishing some of my rifles and brake fluid was my ultimate test that duracoat failed (KG Industres gunkote was the only on that passed that test)
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:31 AM #15
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that's one i haven't heard yet. i think i actually might have some laying around.
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or laquer thinner, Its what i used to take the duracoat off my glock frame.

Take it apart and let it soak for an hour or so then come back with a brillo pad and scrub it off.
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Powdercoat is removable with "Airplane remover" (yeah, just like I typed it) found at auto stores. I'm not sure how duracoat compares.

Oh, and airplane remover is nothing to fool around with. Be careful with chemicals!
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you need paint/epoxy remover
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Dot4 is the brake fluid You need. Dot3 works but takes more scrubbing. Dot4 comes off without scrubbing and is safe for metals and plastic
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Acetone. Then again everything you buy in stores is diluted to some extent. 100% acetone works wonders I used it to strip my motorcycle down before repainting it. Also as said DOT4 is gravy.
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