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R_Lloyd
February 20, 2017, 22:16
Just test fired my VZ 58 Build, looking for a good source for the original color grey paint. Wondering what others have used on their builds?

ftierson
February 21, 2017, 01:50
There is some variability in the color of the original paint on these rifles.

I picked up three kits at the same time many years ago with matching color (to build a folder, a wood stocked and a synthetic stocked rifle). The kits were new with pristine paint, thus I didn't want to repaint the entire gun but just the D-Technik receivers. The original paint was very glossy on these, like on most others.

I found a very close color match using mostly Cerakote Sniper Grey (H-234) with a small amount of Blue Titanium (H-185) added...

Even mixing for a semi-gloss finish, the receivers are not as glossy as the rest of the original parts. You would have to use the Cerakote clear overcoat over the paint to get the same gloss. I tried that on one of the triggerguards and it's almost a perfect match, but I decided to skip the clearcoat for the time being. I can always go back and add that later if I want... :)

I'd have to dig through my notes at the shop to tell you the exact ratio of the two paints used (but it was probably about 7-8% blue added to the grey). You'd probably have to adjust it a bit anyway to match your paint on the guns.

The original paint on these rifles is not very durable. For the most durable finish closely matching the original paint, Cerakoting the entire rifle would be your best bet.

Forrest

Combloc
February 21, 2017, 17:52
Without question. Duracoat vz2000.


Top is a factory grey Czechpoint Vz58 circa 2007 with surplus magazine from who knows when and below is an Sa 26 with a mixture of parts in both original factory paint from the 50's-80's and Duracoat vz2000:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Czech%20Sa%2026/P1140727_zpsmuyfcthn.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Czech%20Sa%2026/P1140727_zpsmuyfcthn.jpg.html)


Keep in mind that there is variation in shades between batches with original paint.

Here is vz2000 on the receiver of the above Sa 26 compared with a factory original paint endcap showing an almost perfect match:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Czech%20Sa%2026/P1140728_zps52gtgyus.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Czech%20Sa%2026/P1140728_zps52gtgyus.jpg.html)


Here, we see a line on the trigger group showing factory paint below and Duracoat above:

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab269/Combloc/Czech%20Sa%2026/P1140768_zpshm3q97jo.jpg (http://s870.photobucket.com/user/Combloc/media/Czech%20Sa%2026/P1140768_zpshm3q97jo.jpg.html)

Also notice in the above picture the line on the magazine well with factory paint below and Duracoat above. Additionally, notice that there is shade variation between the factory paint on the trigger group and magazine well. For more pictures showing comparisons between paint, see the link below from this forum:

http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=410783

The paint looks different depending on the light, camera settings, surface underneath the paint, shades beside shades, etc. Overall, I don't think you'll find a better match than the Duracoat.