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Old 01-17-2010, 08:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Duracoat vs. Powdercoat

I'm thinking of duracoating my new T8 that's coming and was wondering about the durability of the stuff. It looks fairly cheap and their claims seem like it shouldn't wear off too badly.

I was just wondering about the true durability and how it compares to powdercoat.
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Duracoat wears decently, but powder coating is thicker.
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Powder coating is more durable, but not really an option for paintball guns. I've seen, held, and shot a few guns that SpecOps duracoated. They look good, but I don't really like the texture of the stuff. Kind of bothered me, but then again, I'm probably a little OCD
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Powder coating is more durable, but not really an option for paintball guns. I've seen, held, and shot a few guns that SpecOps duracoated. They look good, but I don't really like the texture of the stuff. Kind of bothered me, but then again, I'm probably a little OCD
I have seen lots of powdercoated paintball guns. Why is it not an option? I think KPCS does almost exclusively powdercoat.
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Powdercoating by somebody who knows what they are doing can be nice. Duracoat has the advantage if you are going to spray it at home, of not having to be baked.
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FYI I would avoid hydrografix after a season of play, honestly it doesn't hold up. I'll post photos if I can later maybe even make a thread dedicated to the subject.
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Powdercoating by somebody who knows what they are doing can be nice. Duracoat has the advantage if you are going to spray it at home, of not having to be baked.
Yeah, I have everything I need to do it myself. I also saw the durabake stuff too.
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arent tippmanns duracoated?
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Nope- old old tippy's were anodized, m98s were either spray painted or cheaply powder coated, I can't remember which. You can tell it's not duracoated 'cause paint stripper will remove it. This simply will not happen with Duracoat. The 98s with camo had stickers and after that, I stopped paying attention.

Specops PB has offered Duracoat services in addition to selling A-5s that they Duracoated.
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Yeah, I have everything I need to do it myself. I also saw the durabake stuff too.
I have sprayed a bunch of the Duracoat. It is easy to apply as long as you have a clean base and it is mixed right.
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