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Captains1911  [Member]
4/27/2009 11:43:33 AM EST
Anybody know how I can match this color w/ duracoat?
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sbiggs  [Member]
4/27/2009 12:02:08 PM EST
Go with the actual Magpul FDE Duracoat color. Duracoat has numerous Dark Earth Finishes. If you look in the refinishing forum, you can probably find several examples.
Captains1911  [Member]
4/27/2009 2:08:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By sbiggs:
Go with the actual Magpul FDE Duracoat color. Duracoat has numerous Dark Earth Finishes. If you look in the refinishing forum, you can probably find several examples.


thanks, I didn't realize duracoat made this exact color, the guy who's supposed to be a "specialist" made it sound like they didn't, and wants to charge me $50 to get it "as close as he can."

Is there anywhere I can ship the stock to get it done right?

EDIT: I just called the the guy and he said he's going to order the Magpul FDE duracoat for me.
ZdaMan  [Member]
4/27/2009 6:16:24 PM EST
Duracoat Magpul Fde isn't a exact match. Its too lite
Captains1911  [Member]
4/28/2009 4:06:23 AM EST
Originally Posted By ZdaMan:
Duracoat Magpul Fde isn't a exact match. Its too lite


Is it too lite that it won't look good with a duracoated stock and magpul MIAD, mag, and rail covers?
GearHead_1  [Member]
4/28/2009 6:32:53 AM EST
I've had to change my expectations over the past few years when it comes to putting a black gun together and being concerned with different colored accessories. It seems that it is near impossible for a manufacturer to match colors within their own lines from lot to lot. It is even more difficult to have a perfect match when multiple manufactures are used.

I suspect yours will look just fine. Buy the closest you can find and be happy.
Byrd-Shooter  [Team Member]
4/28/2009 6:42:05 AM EST
Originally Posted By GearHead_1:
I've had to change my expectations over the past few years when it comes to putting a black gun together and being concerned with different colored accessories. It seems that it is difficult for a manufacturer to match colors within their own lines. It also appears that it much more difficult to have a perfect match when multiple manufactures are used.

I suspect yours will look just fine. Buy the closest you can find and be happy.


This

Nothing ever seems to match up, thats why I do my own coating on parts I want tan or FD. In all honesty, if the colors are miss-matched, the gun will still look bitchin
USMC-Helo  [Member]
4/28/2009 7:01:37 AM EST
Its pretty common to see a slight color difference from lot to lot of the same product with colored plastic. The duracoat color is probably a close match but far from perfect. The guy that promised to mix it for you, probably could get it much closer, but you'll probably see a difference if you look close enough.

Have you considered painting the plastic with Duracoat as well? The duracoat sight says if you blast the plastic with 120grit al oxide or sand with 600grt sandpaper it will adhere well to plastic.
blwngazkit  [Team Member]
4/28/2009 9:14:05 AM EST
Duracoat will also color match a batch of paint for you at no charge. Just send them a sample to color match.

I've done this in the past and the colors they've sent back were a perfect match to my eyes.
Buckeye67  [Team Member]
4/28/2009 11:20:58 AM EST
Brownells Aluma-Hyde II in Coyote is a near exact match for Magpul FDE.


RDTCU  [Member]
4/28/2009 11:22:27 AM EST
yea, the FDE i got was too light and more brown than the UBR and MIAD on my 308, so i mixed a little OD and a drop or 2 of black and it came out closer. matches better to the eye than in pictures.
Szurgot  [Team Member]
4/28/2009 11:30:22 AM EST
This was done with Magpul fde duracoat. It is lighter than the furniture, but not as much as the flash makes out.

Captains1911  [Member]
4/29/2009 6:17:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By Buckeye67:
Brownells Aluma-Hyde II in Coyote is a near exact match for Magpul FDE.

<a href="http://img24.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dscf1268n.jpg" target="_blank">http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/4219/dscf1268n.jpg</a>
<a href="http://img4.imageshack.us/my.php?image=paintw.jpg" target="_blank">http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/4128/paintw.jpg</a>


Does Aluma-Hyde II have a glossier finish than duracoat?
Buckeye67  [Team Member]
4/29/2009 1:28:33 PM EST
I'll shoot a few more photos and post them up. Those pictures are from my first attempt at refinishing. I got it on a little too heavy and it did come out with a sort of glossy sheen. I was able to knock the sheen off with a little 0000 steel wool, but wasn't happy with they way it looked. So I stripped it and started over.

Second time around I was a lot more patient and it came out great. The finish has an interesting texture, and I don't think it's any glossier than Duracoat. When it's cured, it seems pretty darn tough too - time will tell on that though. It's real easy to use (it comes in a rattle can). I'm going to refinish my Mossberg 500 with it eventually.
Buckeye67  [Team Member]
5/8/2009 9:05:20 AM EST
Here are those close-ups.



talonxracer  [Team Member]
5/8/2009 9:33:22 AM EST
Lauer recently changed their formula for Magpul FDE to more closely approximate the actual color of the Magpul color, I recently got a bottle and did the rifle, but didnt have enough for the scope, scope mount and mag's so I ordered a new bottle and the new colors dont match. I called Lauer and they told me they reformulated the color.

The differences between the two formulations are very slight but noticeable to say the least.



talonxracer  [Team Member]
5/8/2009 9:34:36 AM EST
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