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First thread: Ishapore 2A1 Cerakote?

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by cascadianliberty2012, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. cascadianliberty2012

    cascadianliberty2012 DPR Portland Well-Known Member

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    Well, I guess I get the first thread... funny.

    So, I've got this 1960's Ishapore 2A1 7.62 NATO rifle. For those who don't know, it's essentially just an Indian-made Lee Enfield. Anyways, when I bough it, it had this nasty black paint (I think lead-based) that was flaking off of the metal all on the gun, including the bolt! This meant that there was surface rust developing underneath the paint, so I did what I had to in order to save the metal, I stripped all the paint off it so I could remove the rust and keep the metal well-oiled.

    Now I've gotten tired of oiling it, and would like it to have its original look back. What thoughts might anyone have on cerakoting such a rifle? I'm guessing that might be the best route for preservation. I want it to look how it is supposed to (so that rules out bluing) but don't want the major rust hazard as before.

    Thoughts or suggestions? Thanks everyone...

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  2. Gunfinish

    Gunfinish Pacific NorthWET Member

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    I've done over a few hundred items in Cerakote. The product when the item is prepped properly and applied properly will not let you down.
    In the hands of a professional, who has a decent inventory of a number of colors, and knows how to use the catalysts to affect the level of sheen be it to the glossy side or more to a flat profile, one can match many original finishes.
    Prep is incredibly important, but that said, a guy who can handle a small pray gun and understands a few things, and who has access to a curing oven, he can do it him/herself.
     
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  3. Danc

    Danc Gladstone Member

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    Give Buster Beaver a call. They are one of the supporting vendors on here and they do excellent work