View Full Version : Has anyone ever powder coated their FAL???
January 29, 2001, 09:07
Hey guys Ive been thinking and wondering if anyone knows if powder coating the rifle with a hi-temp coating would be something to do???? I was going to start powder coating stuff at home and thought about the FALs. Let me know if Im way off base with this one, lol.
January 29, 2001, 14:20
I have been conidering doing the very same thing to my AR. I know that the owner of my local gun shop had several 50 cal barrels powdercoted with no ill affects. I hope this helps some.
January 29, 2001, 22:05
There was an article in a past issue of Small Arms Review where they powdercoated an HK94 conversion gun. In the article they said the powdercoat was about as close to the factory finish as you could get, or something along those lines. This was talked about a little on another board and some were concerned that it would be too soft and scratch off. I don't have any personal experience, but I know it is used on some offroad bumpers and other products, so it would seem to have to be somewhat durable for those applications. I could post the article if interested.
January 29, 2001, 22:48
Is this similar to the Hot Coat powder coating system I asked about in a different post?
January 29, 2001, 23:16
I asked about this a while ago but I cannot seem to find the post. But try this one.
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January 30, 2001, 00:39
I'm not a smith, I'm an auto mechanic, but powdercoating should make a durable and attractive finish on firearm parts that are not subject to high heat. Powdercoating cures at 325-350 degrees F (maybe a little more) and if the part is heated past that point the finish will break-down, if not burn. Sig/Sauer's K-Kote is a powdercoating and my P226 is only coated on the slide. I had an AWC Optima 5.56 suppressor that came powdercoated from the factory and after about 45 rds fired slowly, but steadily through my 14.5" bbl'd CAR-15 the finish blistered and melted. So I, if I was so inclined (I'm not, I'd rather have a parkerized finish done professionally, or maybe try Robar's NP3 or Roguard), might do the upper and lower recs but not the barrel or bolt and bolt carrier. I'd also check with Gunplumber, AZEX, GG or CGW about finishes.
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January 30, 2001, 08:57
Well I do know that there is a powder for general applications and one that I could get for Hi Temp. Hopefully someone that has done this before can answer the question. If anyone wants to be a guinea pig let me know, lol. I do know that the finish would be free of runs and probably look sweet and more rugged then rustoleum. I am not sure about the heating effect, guess we will have to wait for some guidance.
January 30, 2001, 19:24
I had a friend powder coat a H&K G3 for me. I was worried a bit about the bakelite cocking knob, but it survived nicely. Very tough finish, but it will scratch. I have a B-Square scopemount which has been sliding back due to recoil and leaving scratches on the upper receiver. The only problem is that I chose a gunmetal grey with small metal flakes. Other people love it but to me it is beginning to look like a toy gun.
September 09, 2001, 15:49
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