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Old 03-05-2010, 09:29 PM   #1
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Brownell's Gun-Kote Write-Up

So for a long time, I've pondered the idea of changing the color of my rifle. I looked into Duracoat but didn't like the fact that it goes on thick so I decided to try out Brownell's Gun-Kote in Matte Dark Earth (matches Magpul FDE very closely).

The piece that I did is parkerized, the ideal surface for this product. Instead of applying it with an airbrush however, I just painted it on with a normal paint brush. Followed the video's instruction and gave it a durability test.

It is much stronger and has more lubricity than parkerizing. Only after I rolled it on pavement and dropped it intentionally on the corner from 6ft did it show sign of wear... Of course the metal piece was deformed so I didn't expect the Gun-Kote to stay on. After the Gun-Kote started to wear, I put CLP on it and rubbed vigirously and then sprayed carb-cleaner on it and rubbed vigiriously to no effect. I'm pretty satisfied with this but haven't decided if I want my rifle to have its color permanently changed.

Crappy cell phone pictures time!!

Below: Matching it with Ergogrip and Magpul rail cover

Below: Lacing the ladder rail cover with the Gun-Koted product

Below: Scratch test between parkerized surface and Gun-Kote surface. No sign of wear on Gun-Kote but parkerized finish wears off and shows aluminum

Below: Corner dropped from 6ft and rolled 4-5 times.

Below: Container of Gun-Kote with the test product

Last edited by Boogieman065; 03-05-2010 at 09:31 PM.
 
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Old 03-07-2010, 04:08 PM   #2
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so...your pics are grainy...how's the surface with it brush painted on like that? glossy? matte? satin?

do they have other colors?

is it designed to go on bare metal as well?
 
Old 03-07-2010, 05:48 PM   #3
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so...your pics are grainy...how's the surface with it brush painted on like that? glossy? matte? satin?

do they have other colors?

is it designed to go on bare metal as well?
It's matte finish with the brush. They have other colors. It works on all metal surfaces but need to be prepped.
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:58 AM   #4
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three points:

First of all, the parts you repute to be parkerized are aluminum, they are not parkerized. only steel will parkerize. They are most likely anodized.
Second of all, anodizing can be done in nearly any color, look it up.
Thirdly, if you don't want your guns all beat up, exercise more caution in their handling.
 
Old 04-02-2010, 12:10 AM   #5
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three points:

First of all, the parts you repute to be parkerized are aluminum, they are not parkerized. only steel will parkerize. They are most likely anodized.
Second of all, anodizing can be done in nearly any color, look it up.
Thirdly, if you don't want your guns all beat up, exercise more caution in their handling.
 
Old 04-02-2010, 06:44 AM   #6
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Quote:
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three points:

First of all, the parts you repute to be parkerized are aluminum, they are not parkerized. only steel will parkerize. They are most likely anodized.
Second of all, anodizing can be done in nearly any color, look it up.
Thirdly, if you don't want your guns all beat up, exercise more caution in their handling.
Did you purposely miss the point of the original post so you could scold the poster, or was it so you could show everybody how big your brain is?

The tone of your post comes off as condescending far more than it does informational, and in case you had forgotten, nobody really likes a "know-it-all" attitude.

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Old 02-01-2011, 04:45 PM   #7
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How does it do with heat? I read the Brownell's site and it said to bake it at 300 to finish it off, but once it's baked how well does it do? When I'm shooting my AK, it gets ridiculously hot.
 
Old 02-02-2011, 04:03 PM   #8
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Should be good to 400 or so. Prep is the key to get a long lasting finish. The ultimate would be a catalyzed urethane finish. PM me if you need more info.
 
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