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What is Cerakote?
Cerakote is a ceramic based finish that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers and wood. The unique formulation used for Cerakote ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness. Each of these properties is rigorously tested to guarantee that Cerakote products remain at the forefront of the ceramic coatings market. Cerakote ceramic coatings utilize state-of-the-art technology to out-perform any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real world applications.
Does Cerakote protect a firearm better against corrosion than other well-known coatings?
ASTM standard B117 tests resistance to corrosion of coated panels exposed to salt spray or fog at an elevated temperature. Cerakote preserves the life of a firearm in a corrosive environment longer than any competitive coating tested, including stainless steel, KG Gun Kote, ionbond, Phosphate, Blueing, FailZero, DuraCoat and NIBX. Under the harsh test conditions of the salt spray chamber, Blueing and Stainless Steel coated guns showed visible corrosion after only 24 hours. IonBond, Phosphate, KG GunKote, NIBX and FailZero all failed after 48 hours. DuraCoat resisted corrosion for 172 hours. Cerakote lasted almost 12x longer than DuraCoat at 2,034 hours. Check out this video to see the test:
Will Cerakote Stand Up to Harsh Chemicals Like Oils and Gun Scrubbers?
H-146 Graphite Black Cerakote was applied to panels which were then dipped into 12 aggressive solvents and allowed to sit for 24 hours.
The coating was not affected following immersion in Gun Cleaner, WD-40, Brake Cleaner, Denatured Alcohol, Lacquer Thinner, Methyl Ethyl Ketone, Acetone and Paint Stripper, earning five-star chemical resistant ratings. It rated four-stars against a 5% hydrochloric acid solution. We hope our customers don't usually store their firearms in HCL solutions.
What's The Right Cerakote Series for My Project?
H-Series is the most durable of the standard Cerakote product line and provides the best performance in hardness, wear, scratch resistance, adhesion and rust resistance tests. The coating stands up to temperatures as high as 400 degrees F and is available in about 50 colors and can be mixed to create additional custom colors. The thermal cure finish should not be applied to optics or other substrates that cannot be cured at the required temperatures. C-Series Cerakote finishes should be used ONLY for high temp applications up to 1700 F, as might be required for suppressors and predator rifle barrels or motorcycle exhaust systems. C-Series coatings can be used to coat scopes and other optics, as well as fiberglass, polymer and other substrates vulnerable to high heat cure cycles.