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Hi all. I recently posted my first Duracoat project, a Remington 870 setup as a defender that had rusted pretty bad. The next one was near and dear to my heart, an 870 Ducks Unlimited I won at a raffle when I was 12. It was my first shotgun and first firearm period, other than a .22.

It had rusted really bad, and for this one I made sure to take before pictures. The surface is oily from my mitigation treatment when I found the gun to be as rusty as it was. I blasted the surface, cleaned with thinner, and went to town with Duracoat in SOCOM color out of my airbrush.
 

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The pitting is still evident, but I don't mind as it's part of the history and I'm not sure what I'd even try to fill it with. I love how it came out though. More pics to come after I refinish the stock and forearm.
 
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That looks pretty good! When you say you 'blasted the surface' what exactly do you mean? Do you have a media box and actually used walnut shells or did you use a different process?
 

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That looks pretty good! When you say you 'blasted the surface' what exactly do you mean? Do you have a media box and actually used walnut shells or did you use a different process?
I've got a little Wel-Bilt cabinet that sits on a bench-high surface that I bought off Craigslist. There is sand in it--I presume to be either aluminum oxide or some other blasting media. Whatever it is came in the blaster so I couldn't tell you. It's certainly harder than walnut shells but it won't damage the metal.
 
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Looks good! I'll be sure to follow this thread to see the finished product. What wood are the stock and forearm- do you know?
 

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Looks good! I'll be sure to follow this thread to see the finished product. What wood are the stock and forearm- do you know?
I don't, but the checkering is in great shape so I will be stripping it and only sanding what I have to. I think I will stain it in red mohagany since the original color is pretty close to that, and then spraying a satin poly on.
 

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I have now completed the project and am anxiously awaiting the chance to shoot this thing. I redid the wood twice. I decided against stain as the wood looked really nice on its own. I stripped and sanded the wood, then used semi-gloss poly varnish, brushed on. After one coat it looked gorgeous, but I put on another and didn't like it. It was too shiny and I had some runs. It took away from the beauty of the wood, and with one coat it actually looked original. So I stripped and sanded it again and went with only one coat. I am in love with the results...

The top two photos are "before", bottom two are "after"

I also forgot to mention that I repaired the forearm to try and keep the whole thing original but I also redid the new one I got from ebay.
 

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