Sako Green Paint Question

Discussion in 'Sako TRGs' started by RaptorAddict, Dec 8, 2020.

  1. RaptorAddict

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    Hi guys! This is my first post and I am amped to see a forum such as this one exists! Great to be here! Just bought my first Sako TRG which I waited patiently 12 years to get. All my cash saved back in the day went to a ring, so you know how it easy it was to just go get a TRG after that happened. LOL! So anyhow, I picked up a brand new TRG 22 in 6.5 Creedmoor with the Tan stock last month. My original want from back in the day was the Sako Green version. I have been debating on whether to repaint the stock as it just tears into factory integrity. But I have been looking at using Duracoat for it. Does anyone have any experience on how these finishes hold up on the TRG stocks? The last thing I want to do is ruin this long awaited top shelf rifle. I am an automotive painter by trade so prep and painting is easy for me, but I just don't have experience with using Duracoat, or painting firearms. Got a couple pics of my rifle posted as well. Thanks for the help!

     

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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    Check out Brownell's. They have multiple type coatings specific to firearms. Aluma-Hyde II in an aerosol can is the one I have used. It's an epoxy based paint that withstands about any bore cleaner or solvent ever invented & is very durable. Comes in 12 colors & clear. Their O.D. Green may be what you are looking for. Shake the bejesus out of it before & during use & buy the extra spray & clean-out tips. Pre-heat stock with a hair dryer & blow hot air on it between coats for a few minutes. Apply about 4 very light coats and let cure at room temp for two weeks. It will cure in a few days at 100 degrees with air circulation. Don't let it dry between coats, as then you will have to wait till it is fully cured to apply another coat. I apply a clear coat over the colored coats. Whether that is beneficial or not I can't prove, but I feel it gives added protection against scratches. They also sell it in liquid form & a solvent/thinner for it, if you prefer to use your own spray equipment, in limited colors. Luckily, O.D. Green is one of them.
     
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    I am a custom painter, dealing with automotive, ceracoat, and duracote finishes. Duracote is no more durable than your high quality automotive finish.
     
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    That is great to know. I guess I'll try to mix Sako Green in PPG. Thanks for the advice!
     
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    If you're using DBC, make sure you add a little of the clear hardner to your basecoat.
     
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    Interesting. I am using Envirobase but for the clear I will be using Deltron's satin finish. Never thought to use the hardener in the basecoat. Have you done this with Envirobase?
     
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    Use T493 5% by volume. No more. It will help with durability. The weakest link in any basecoat/clearcoat system is the bond between the two. Therefore, adding the T493 will help crosslink the two.
     
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    Here is a little of what I do.
     

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    I love the detail and contrasts of your work James, but do you have an example to show us that is something not quite so gruesome in inspiration? Sakojim.
     
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    Ahhh!!! You do custom painting! That explains your expertise. Very nice work! I own a collision shop and I’ve painted every car to pass through since 2904. Never knew about this added plus to the paint. I have 493 at the shop. I will definitely take your advice. Thanks for the help!
     
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    Breath taking beauty, loveliness and gorgeous! They display the intricate dedication that you have to your art James. Thank you. Sakojim.
     
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    Thank you, sir. I appreciate that.
     
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    As you probably can see the original paint isn't the most durable/thick layer of paint.

    If it was my rifle I would aim for a simple no top coat matte finish.

    I can not help you with a colour code, but it is called "moss green".
     

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