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Old 06-19-2017, 08:02 AM
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Has anyone applied "Cerakote" to a firearm?
Is this a "Do It Your Self" spray on finish ?

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Old 06-19-2017, 09:30 AM
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Yes - it's a DIY product. I've not sprayed any of my guns (I don't really care for the look) but some of my shootin' Bud's have and if you like that sort of look it comes out pretty good. So far the durability has been OK, but it's only been a year or so since they did it - therefore I can no tell you the long term quality.

There are several other products on the market that are all basically the same as the Cerakote. Another one is called Dura-coat and I don't recall the other names. If you google them you can find names, prices, reports on ease of use and durability. Just follow directions to the T.
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I think Cerakote is a cut above most of the other "spray-on" finishes. It has very specific prep requirements. The others aren't too picky about prep. Then Ceracoat H has a bake cure cycle. Most of the others don't. Then there's the ceramic component. I don't know if that is really important or marketing hype. If you have the capability for air brushing and an oven that can get to the requisite temp then try it. I do know Ceracoat is far more durable than Dura-coat which is known for fast wear out. I've seen Ceracoat finishes that have been chipped but I haven't seen any that have had wear.
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I have had 2 3rd Gen frames done by a local Gunsmith ..... a 6904 and a 915..... both have seen "moderate use" over about 2 to 2 1/2 years with no wear noted. Both guns were purchased used and had moderate wear and "ring rash" on the frames..... but the slides were closer to 95%......

They have been carried more than shot.......(when I want a gun but don't want to take one of my "better/more expensive" guns).......since the refinish.

IIRC cost was about ....... $75 for each frame...... both are now reverse two tone....... mat "silver" frames w/ blue slides.
While TTSH would disapprove ....... they look good IMHO and I'd rather carry them than a Glock for a beater/ ATV /truck gun!!!!

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