how to remove dura touch coating
Dura-Touch is a type of synthetic coating applied to firearms, primarily found on some Browning and Winchester firearms. If you need to remove the Dura-Touch coating, it’s essential to proceed with caution as this can be a challenging process. Dura-Touch is designed to be durable and resistant to wear and tear, making it resistant to easy removal. Here’s a general guide on how to remove Dura-Touch coating:
Materials and tools you may need:
- Safety glasses
- Nitrile or latex gloves
- Paint stripper or coating remover (choose a product safe for plastics)
- Paintbrush or foam applicator
- Plastic scraper or putty knife
- Sandpaper (various grits)
- Mineral spirits or acetone
- Clean rags or paper towels
- Protective tarp or workspace covering
- Well-ventilated workspace
- Safety First:
- Ensure you work in a well-ventilated area and wear safety glasses and gloves to protect your eyes and hands.
- Prepare the Firearm:
- Ensure the firearm is unloaded, and remove any parts or accessories that are not meant to have the Dura-Touch coating removed. This may include the stock, forearm, or other components.
- Lay Down a Protective Tarp:
- Place a protective tarp or covering on your workspace to catch any drips or removed coating.
- Apply the Coating Remover:
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific paint stripper or coating remover you’ve chosen. Apply the remover generously to the Dura-Touch coating on the firearm using a paintbrush or foam applicator. Be sure to coat the entire surface thoroughly.
- Allow Dwell Time:
- Let the coating remover sit on the Dura-Touch surface for the recommended amount of time specified on the product’s label. This usually ranges from 15 minutes to an hour.
- Test a Small Area:
- After the dwell time has passed, test a small area of the Dura-Touch coating with a plastic scraper or putty knife. If the coating starts to lift or bubble, it’s ready for removal. If not, allow more dwell time.
- Scrape off the Coating:
- Gently scrape off the softened Dura-Touch coating using a plastic scraper or putty knife. Be cautious not to damage the underlying surface, which is often wood or synthetic material.
- Repeat as Needed:
- You may need to repeat the process several times to remove all traces of the Dura-Touch coating.
- Sand the Surface:
- Once the majority of the coating is removed, use sandpaper of varying grits to sand down the surface further. Start with a coarse grit and gradually move to finer grits for a smoother finish. Sand in the direction of the grain or pattern.
- Clean with Mineral Spirits or Acetone:
- Wipe down the firearm with mineral spirits or acetone to remove any residue and to prepare the surface for refinishing.
- Refinish the Firearm (if desired):
- If you want to restore the appearance of the firearm’s stock or surface, consider refinishing it with an appropriate coating or finish. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the refinishing product you choose.
- Reassemble the Firearm:
- Once the firearm is refinished (if applicable), reassemble it, ensuring all parts are properly aligned and secured.
Please note that removing Dura-Touch coating from a firearm can be a labor-intensive and time-consuming process. If you’re uncertain about the process or lack the necessary tools and experience, it’s advisable to consult a professional gunsmith or firearm technician to ensure the job is done safely and correctly.