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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 5:29 am    Post subject: Clear Coating  Reply with quote

Well I think I'm going to put another coat of clear coat on the SL-68 II.  I was wondering, do I just get it clean, tape off certain parts, and spray it?  Also, can I clear coat the barrel?  It had the paint taken off and was polished.  I just figure that would help stop the smears on the barrel from the pump handle.

Edit - Oh, and I also wondered about a thread I remember tig making on painting guns.  If anyone knows where its at, or can give me a link, lmk.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's stickied in the upgrades smitty
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Smitty is just getting lazy.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RoboCop wrote:
I think Smitty is just getting lazy.
Well I looked and looked and couldn't find it.  Then I thought it was on the Tippmann Forum.  I just figured this was quicker.  Watch it Robo...



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Edit - So I think I can, but I just want to make sure...Can I clear coat the barrel on the SL?  Would it be a good choice?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clear coating bare alluminum isn't ideal. If it has enough "teeth" to grab onto, I'm sure you could clear coat it. To get teeth, you need to sand it a little.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RoboCop wrote:
Clear coating bare alluminum isn't ideal. If it has enough "teeth" to grab onto, I'm sure you could clear coat it. To get teeth, you need to sand it a little.
That's what I figured, but I didn't know if sanding it would create a duller finish, or even ruin the look of the barrel. Thinking
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use a really fine sand paper. Then you could polish it a lot for a really fine finish instead of clearcoating. Polish will protect it. Having a polish wheel will also make it so much easier and the end product will be super shiny. If the surface is smooth as it is already, just clean it and polish it.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

paint dosen't stick to aluminum woryh a crap, you need to use a selfetching primer to get the paint to hold. it's pointless for clearcoat because you will see the grey primer. if the scuffs bother you buff them out with some fine steel wool, i wouldn't advise clearing it though, i think it will peel off.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tig is probably correct about the clear coat. You would have to primer it with that ugly green/grey color then paint over that with a silver and then clear coat. Best bet would be to polish it.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RoboCop wrote:
Tig is probably correct about the clear coat. You would have to primer it with that ugly green/grey color then paint over that with a silver and then clear coat. Best bet would be to polish it.
Well I tried polishing it a while back and it did nothing.  I'm thinking about sanding the inside of the pump handle a little to get it smooth, and then polish the barrel.  I'm not sure if there's a way to get rid of this problem.  When I pump it a few times, it starts to leave black marks where the handle goes.  I just wanted to find a way to stop this from happening.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you could possibly put some felt inside the pump handle to soften it?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do these black marks just wipe off? With a few of the pumps I've had (all of the ones with the CCM pump kits) get a black residue when I pump. I'm not sure why it does this, but it wipes off for me and is harmless (I hope).
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

abr5 wrote:
Do these black marks just wipe off? With a few of the pumps I've had (all of the ones with the CCM pump kits) get a black residue when I pump. I'm not sure why it does this, but it wipes off for me and is harmless (I hope).
Yeah, I have to scrub it sometimes, but it comes off.  I have thought of felt, like you said tig, but I'm not sure how easy that'd be to do, and I think I'll just put up with it for now.  I think I'll clean the gun, tape off the internals (holes that go to internals), and clear coat it again.

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