P228 and Duracoat (photos)

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  1. SVThuh

    SVThuh XDTalk 2K Member Founding Member

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    Just got my Duracoat shipment in on friday and decided to re-finish my old 1989 W.German P228. I love this gun... Its had over 100,000 rounds though it and its still ticking like the day it was new. No gun related FTF's or FTE's in its entire life.

    The gun is well taken care of, but it was bought new by my father in 1989 and was his primary duty carry gun up until just a few (5) years ago. It had a bit of holster wear. The frame still looks tip-top for the most part, so I decided to only focus on the slide. Overall Im pretty happy with the end result, although some trash did settle in the wet paint which irks me. I will probably end up sanding it down in those places and re-coating.

    Anyways, here are the Before and After shots (I will re-assemble tomorrow when the coating is cured enough to not mar)


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  2. SVThuh

    SVThuh XDTalk 2K Member Founding Member

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    Oh, forgot to mention... I used the Duracoat color called HK black as it was a semi gloss black. Didnt want to go totally flat or glossy. It turned out to be an amazing match to the frame color. I was trying to find a color that was "glockish" in finish, and I think this is a good compromise.

    First time ever refinishing a gun myself. It wasnt that bad at all!
     
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    UncleBuck XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    Sweet!
     
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    Good job. I would have to agree that for your first attempt at any refinishing work you did great!
     
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    Great job. Thanks for posting the photos.
     
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    Looks pretty good.. good job.
     
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    Aw, I want a P228 :(
     
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    Wow...looks nice! Not too shiny...not too flat either.

    I just bought a nice early W. German P228 and its being shipped right now. I can't wait.

    I bet that P228 is a sweet shooter. I love my P220 and P225....the P228 seemed like a good companion for it.

    - Brickboy240
     
  9. SVThuh

    SVThuh XDTalk 2K Member Founding Member

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    You will be more than happy with the 228. They are about the sweetest thing Sig ever put out. They introduced the 229 to replace it, and in my opinion, ruined it. Of course YMMV.

    Be sure to post a range report when you get it. My 228 is still my favorite Sig.. I own a 220 and 239 also, and have a lot of experience with old and new 226's. The 228 is a work of art.
     
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    That came out very nice.
    I will be interested to see how the coating holds up when you install the sights.
     
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    SVThuh XDTalk 2K Member Founding Member

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    Me too. Duracoat is supposed to be tough as nails though, so I guess we shall see.
     
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    rickett XDTalk 2K Member Founding Member

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    Nice work. Gun looks great. Care to (briefly) describe the process?
     
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    I bought the kit from Duracoat that included the air brush and cans of propellant for the air brush. Also came with a small brillo pad and some chemical stripper and prep as well as the paint, reducer and hardener.

    Did a detail strip of the slide, including sights. Then took the brillo pad and scuffed the slide for best adhesion without media blasting. Then used the chemical stripper to remove all wax oils and other junk, followed by the prep spray. Then I mixed the Duracoat to what the directions said (6 parts to 1) and began spraying in full even passes until everything was evenly coated. I was careful to not touch it for a good hour and then let it harden overnight... DONE.

    I just re-assembled it tonight, minus the sights. I will be waiting on some Tritium Meprosights to put on in the stock contrast sights place.

    I would say its just as easy as spray painting something using Krylon with proper prep before hand.
     
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    Great project. One of the great things about Duracoat is the finish, if applied correctly with an airbrush will give you a sliky, satin like finish and all of the serial numbers, roll marks and stamping are still visible. Its a great way to not only refinish a gun but its really durable and scratch and moisture resistant. That area around the frame mounted slide take-down lever is a tricky area to apply the finish on the SIG's if you don't remove it from the frame.

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    I figured as much and I wasnt motivated enough to do a full strip of the frame, so I just did the slide. The frame is in pretty good shape anyways, so not too much fuss there, the slide just had a bunch of holster wear, so I wanted to refresh that.

    Maybe someday I will get to the frame, until then, it looks more than good enough to shoot! ;)

    BTW.. Nice job on your P6!
     

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