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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-14-2014, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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The shop I used to work at , we used Duracoat to coat guns with. It comes in many colors and can do some pretty cool camo patterns with it. The down side to it , is that it can take up to 30 days to fully air cure.

Cerakote on the other hand is a ceramic based bake on coating. Not as many colors to choose from but, colors can be custom mixed. Since I opened my own business, I have chose to primarily spray Cerakote. It is a tough finish. Especially for how thin the coating is. Cerakote is applied no more than 1 mil thick. A lot of your major, big name AR manufacturers are using ceracoat. ( LWRC, SIG SAUER, DANIEL DEFENSE).

I have not run into any clearance issues on firearms when reassembling, just because on how thin it really is. Cool patterns can still be done with cerakote. Fixing to try a pattern out tomorrow.

The corrosion resistance of Cerakote is awesome. You will pretty much never have to worry about firearm corrosion again.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2014, 12:29 AM
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that's stuff is great,and very durable. I will be getting my hog gun to you soon for a camo job. I also have a P3AT that is duracoated may have to get it redone in ceracoat. Question> Can you also get gun parts and acc?

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2014, 07:24 AM
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Wow that's cool, it's great hearing about the stuff from someone who has first hand knowledge on it.
We see the ads from manufactures about the coatings they use but we all know each manufacturer is going to claim the one they use is the best so I'm glad to hear your input on cerakote. Thank You

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those look very nice! how expensive is it do something like that

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-16-2014, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by gfdeputy2 View Post
those look very nice! how expensive is it do something like that
Really depends on what you want done. lets say , for example....

Down here, because I am a home based business ( low overhead)

Pistol slide one color $60
Whole pistol one color $100
Frame only one color $80

Additional color $25.

AR whole rifle $200
additional color $25

Optics $50

Other rifles/ shotguns
one color $150
additional color $25

That is what I am currently charging. It is a little cheaper than most, but I am still trying to get my name out there. I also don't charge any extra for tear down and reassembly. Some of the bigger shops will be charging more.

Prep work is the biggest thing involved in Cerakote. Firearm is disassembled, degreased, then media blasted. The surface has to be roughed up to give the product something to grab on to. The parts are then sprayed then placed in the oven to cure. Now optics and such are not media blasted or baked. I sand them by hand then an air cure cerakote is applied. Don't want to be trying to cook optics at 300 degrees. lol

What I can tell all y'all, is if this is something you are interested in, and you have local places doing it, please use an applicator that is a FFL. There are a lot of guys doing this in their garages. ATF will be cracking down on some of these guys. When I had my interview for my FFL, I was informed that any repairs / customizations that are being done by somebody else for money or they will be holding the gun for longer than 24 hours, requires the person doing the work to have a FFL.

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