Why should I Cerakote my guns?
It’s a fair question. After all, your guns probably work just fine. So why Cerakote your guns?
Several reasons actually. I’ve been applying Cerakote for over 5 years now. I’ve coated thousands of guns and gun parts. I have what I’d consider a realistic understanding of what Cerakote does and does not do.
The number one reason, the one thing that Cerakote does as well or better than any other product on the market is inhibit corrosion. NIC Industries, the manufacturer of Cerakote, has conducted significant testing using salt bath chambers to accelerate simulated harsh conditions as well as long term tests in actual natural climates. There are videos documenting these tests available on our website. Time and time again Cerakote is proven to prevent rust and corrosion no matter what it’s exposed to. Whether your gun is made of carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum or a combination of these, Cerakote will end corrosion on your guns.
Cerakote is also the best choice for heat resistance. NIC Industries specializes in industrial coatings for several industries including firearms, automotive, and aerospace. They have developed a high temp Cerakote finish, the ambient cured C series. Cerakote C series coatings are rated to withstand temps as high as 1800-2000 degrees F. This makes it the perfect choice for items like AR-15 barrels and gas blocks and center fire rifle suppressors.
And of course there’s color selection. Cerakote coatings are available in dozens of shades, from basic black to muted greens, tans, and browns to bright pink, purple, and robin’s egg blue.
Hunters especially enjoy being able to select a pattern and color palette that matches the area where they hunt. Prefer an emphasis on brown and black for winter lowland bird hunting? No problem. Need more green for spring turkeys? We can do that too. Headed out west to hunt in the desert? We’ve got you covered with an array of tans.
I always try to keep my customers’ expectations realistic. Cerakote is an industry standard finish, chosen by numerous gun manufacturers including Smith & Wesson, SIG Sauer, Glock, and others. It is a durable and effective product.
It’s not indestructible though. If you gouge your coated gun with a metal screwdriver, it will probably scratch. If your rifle falls off of your car trunk and clatters across the pavement, it will probably scratch. If you carry your gun in a holster it will show holster wear. There’s not a firearms finish in the world that won’t eventually show holster wear.
But what Cerakote won’t do is it won’t bubble, flake, peel, de-laminate, or rub off on your hands. Not only that but Cerakote is impervious to most solvents, including all off the shelf gun cleaning products. That means you can thoroughly clean your firearms without worrying about damaging the finish with chemicals.
With the advent of so many polymer guns and polymer firearms accessories we often get asked if we can coat polymer. The short answer is definitely, yes. In fact once it’s correctly prepped, a polymer surface creates a perfect texture for Cerakote to bond. Modern polymers, like the Nylon-6 derivative used to make Glock handgun frames, present no issues or concerns during the application process. With a melting point of between 500-600 degrees F there is no danger of melting in our curing oven which generally runs in the 225-250 F range. It is also impervious to solvents which means there are no issues during the acetone degreasing process. So yes, we can coat your Glock frame, your M&P frame, your Magpul AR-15 furniture and magazines, and your polymer Remington 700 rifle stocks.
So what can’t we coat? The two most common materials that we run into that don’t take well to coating are plastic (actual plastic, not polymer) and rubber. Plastic melts in acetone. Plastic melts in the oven. Plastic will not survive the process.
The issue with coating rubber items comes not during the prep, but after the project is done. Rubber is flexible. Cerakote is not. Once cured, if a rubber item flexes, the Cerakote will crack and spiderweb.
Wood is another material that we don’t coat. Although it is possible to Cerakote wood, the quality of the results is too intermittent to make it worthwhile. Fortunately, there’s a full service gunsmith available at our shop who specializes in wooden stock refinishing and repair, so there’s that.
And finally, glass-filled nylon rifle stocks are a hard no. Glass filled stocks will split at temps over 200 degrees F. We do still have the option of using C series ambient cure Cerakote on glass filled stocks though.
Here at Coastal Cerakote we believe in the products we use. As the owner and operator I stand behind my work 100% If there is ever an issue with adhesion caused by a defect during application we’ll make it right, even if that means re-coating the entire gun. I’d like to say that has never happened. But it has happened a handful of times out of thousands of applications over the past 5 years. And each time we made it right and the customer left happy. Our reputation is our most valuable commodity. We’ve worked hard to earn it and our customer testimonials confirm it.
When you’re ready to Cerakote your guns, give us a call at (843) 476-4300 or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you.