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Black mags for XD

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by whutdidyousay, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. whutdidyousay

    whutdidyousay Hillsboro, OR Member

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    I love my XD.... but there is 1 problem.....:(

    I don't like that the mags are shiney stainless steel.....

    Could a person sand them and paint them with a flat black high temp paint? or would it get eaten by the oils/heat/movement? would they still fit correctly? (Yes I know how to do a quality job and not cake it on)

    I know I could durabake them... or duracoat..... but that's more $$$ than I really want to spend.

    Thanx for your help & suggestions:thumbup:
     
  2. Nimh

    Nimh Everett, WA Member

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    I'm not thrilled about the shiny finish on my XD mags either. I'm interested in ideas, and like you, on the cheap would be best.

    Sand and cold blue maybe?
     
  3. spengo

    spengo GLORIOUS CASCADIA Active Member

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    What's wrong with shiny? :< I like shiny...

    Duracoat isn't all that expensive. 4oz is plenty for a few mags I expect.
    Lauer DuraCoat Firearm Finish Ultra Flat Tactical Black 4 oz - MidwayUSA
    And here's a cheap air brush: 20 Oz. High Volume Low Pressure Gravity Feed Spray Gun
    air compressor: http://www.harborfreight.com/1-3-hp-3-gallon-100-psi-oilless-air-compressor-97080.html This is the most expensive thing but you can probably rent or borrow one. Alternatively you can get a cheaper tankless one but that won't have a very steady stream of air.
     
  4. HahnsXD

    HahnsXD Battle Ground WA Active Member

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    They are worried that after emptying an entire mag that the BG might see them because of a shiny mag when they reload :laugh:
     
  5. oasis618

    oasis618 Tacoma, Wa Active Member

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    Unless you are using a suppressor and wearing full camo, I wouldn't worry too much about shiny mags but if you really want to, a thin coat of flat black does work. Just be sure to put some news paper or some kind of stuffing inside the disassembled magazine so you don't get any paint on the inside surfaces.
     
  6. whutdidyousay

    whutdidyousay Hillsboro, OR Member

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    regardless of tactical whatever... I just like my mags black...

    I have a cheepo compressor that will prolly work for DC, but I don't really want to have them dissasembled for 2 weeks. plus if you add shipping and cleanup chemicals it's about $100 to do the job... will prolly have lots of leftovers, but that's a lil steep for me.
     
  7. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Figure out a way to electro plate that sumb*ch.
     
  8. whutdidyousay

    whutdidyousay Hillsboro, OR Member

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    well that aint gunna happen....... plus wouldn't that still be shiney?
     
  9. nick425

    nick425 Eastside of Lake Washington Member

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    Buddy of mine DuraCoated an XD mag flat black and it turned out great. Fit is 100&#37; Just sand the metal and spray away. Super f-ing easy. Harbor Freight has an airbrush for like $6 that works great! Add $20 for a bottle of DC and your at $26 plus your time... :)
     
  10. cyclesarge

    cyclesarge Eugene OR, DUH! We're ALL in the NORTHWEST Well-Known Member

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    I agree I don't see any problem with shiny, if you are re-loading it means you just unloaded at the BG, chances are he's already seen you.

    I wouldn't use that gun, it's a HOSE MONSTER with the 1.5 fluid tip. I have a small touch up gun (side feed cup) that I got from Harbor Freight that would be perfect + they have them on sale from time to time for $6. This is the one http://www.harborfreight.com/air-tools/paint/adjustable-detail-spray-gun-92126.html . I got mine for $6 but that was about 5 years ago. I use mine almost daily to do touch ups on $1.5 - $2 million dollar motorhomes, and it's still going strong.
     
  11. Celtic Armory

    Celtic Armory Port Orchard, WA Member

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    I'm planning on testing some Durabake Parker on a couple XD mags.
     
  12. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    hey Celtic let us know how that goes. I may like it on my XD mags.
     
  13. Celtic Armory

    Celtic Armory Port Orchard, WA Member

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    I will, I already have a mag sanded and I have the Durabake stuff, just need to get to it. I best wait till at least Monday when the wife is at work and won't be around to smell it. LOL
     
  14. Nimh

    Nimh Everett, WA Member

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    Looking forward to seeing how it pans out. :thumbup:

    ...and as far as this being tacticool - aaah no. Wrong. :laugh: I'm just not a big fan of shiny bling. Stuffing a gleaming mag into the well of a black gun just looks funny to me. My gun, my time. As I've never done any Durucoat applications, I might learn something on the cheap too, and barely matters if I manage to screw it up.
     
  15. nick425

    nick425 Eastside of Lake Washington Member

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    Amen.
     
  16. whutdidyousay

    whutdidyousay Hillsboro, OR Member

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    +1

    And pics of the parker color if u can next to an xd.
     
  17. spengo

    spengo GLORIOUS CASCADIA Active Member

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    If I get duracoating equipment I want purple magazines. With sparkles.

    DON'T JUDGE ME!:D

    Hey, at the very least, that way you will never get your mags mixed up with someone else's at a class/competition!:thumbup:
     
  18. Nimh

    Nimh Everett, WA Member

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    :bluelaugh: You could be onto something!
     
  19. YFZsandrider

    YFZsandrider Tacoma, Wa Member

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    uh.....

    most obvious answer yet... G-L-O-C-K!
     
  20. jamespman

    jamespman blue house, 3rd on the left, aloha New Member

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    I do know for a fact that beretta 92f, which are black, mags can be fitted to fit the xd ( m ) 9mm, with some machine work they fit just fine. PM me if you want some help