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Anyone tried stripping an ALutec

Discussion in 'Hunter (HFT) & Field Target (FT)' started by Scoch, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. Scoch

    Scoch HOW!!!

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    Hi Guys,

    Have any of you tried to strip the normal coating from the aluminium stock on the alutec. It looks a bit like a powder coating and when I asked the boys in our bodyshop they suggested sanding it down (at which point I grabbed it back and ran away). Fancy getting it painted but would like it stripped.

    Anyone with any experience of this?
     
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    villiers Self appointed antipimp

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  3. Scoch

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    Thanks for that, what about sand blasting, could it damage it?
     
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    Might be of help, I,v just had an SKP butt hook [originally powder coated] Bead blasted and repainted myself, The original finnish was not the best to say the least, But it came up really nice after the bead job. Most alloy wheel refurbishers would do it i imagine?? The blasting left it a lot smoother than original, hope this is some help, cheers woki :D:D

    Choombsey...get your own done...
     
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  5. Scoch

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    Funnily enough that was my next port of call on Monday, will ask the boys their opinion?
     
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    Re.Stock

    I think they are anodised. I suppose it will depend on how you want the stock refinished,as to which course of action you take.
     
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    O go on Mate do mine,tight old git :D
     
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    Look up "Soda Blasting" on Google

    Eg: http://www.soda-blast.co.uk/
    http://www.soda-blast.co.uk/sbsuk_002.htm

    - have not used them, so can not personally vouch...

    ...as It happens, someone on www.Airrifle.co.za suggested this method in removing the alu anodising, and then the alutec can re anodised any colour...

    PS: Last port of call if its only stripping by professionals, is to speak with John Sykes at Hydro-Graphics.co.uk ....
     
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  9. JamDoughnut

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    If the coating is an anodised finish, then you can strip this easily in caustic soda and hot water.

    When I stripped the finish from our Steyrs I found 1 dessert spoon of soda to each litre of hot water.
    Using a wallpaper tray with 4 litres of water was about right.
    It will only need about 30 seconds in the caustic - if left too long (only a few minutes)any threads with be damaged as the caustic will eat the ally.
    :(
    Take it out the caustic and rinse well with running water.

    WEAR RUBBER GLOVES AND GOGGLES
    ALWAYS ADD THE CAUSTIC SODA TO THE WATER A LITTLE AT A TIME - AND BEST DONE OUTSIDE
    DON'T BREATH IN THE FUMES - THEY ARE NOT GOOD FOR YOU.;)
     
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    Thanks for that Jam but im pretty sure the standard coating is a powder coating as its rough to the touch.
     
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    No probs
    blasting is the way to go then
     
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    It looks to me something like that crackled finish that you get on scientific instruments like a microscope.
     
  13. vx220

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    Don't get it sand blasted go for ball peening, ball polishing or tumbling.
    Tumbling will give a beautiful flat polished surface.
    The alloy is very very poor quality and will not anodise in any colour you like unless you want a very washed out look.

    Some rifle reloaders will have a tumbler big enough for your chassis.
    Also be careful of powder coating the inside of the inletting as the action may not fit as the tolerances are close and powder coating is a filler of gaps.....

    Si

    If you need help getting it tumbled let me know
     
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    It is powder coating - I used nitromors and left it to soak for an hour and it came off pretty easily - think it was the green stuff, but it worked :)

    Lee
     

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