You may have heard of the name Cerakote before, and you may know that it is a type of ceramic coating for firearms. Perhaps you’ve even seen a gun with a colorful finish; chances are, that gun was “Cerakoted.” However, not many gun owners know that Cerakote is not just a way to make a firearm look prettier; it is also a coating with many practical applications.
What Cerakote is and How it Works
Cerakote is a type of ceramic-based coating for firearms transfers. It is the leader in firearm coatings today, having surpassed blued and stainless steel, and is used by more gunsmiths and firearm manufacturers than any other type of coating.
The primary reason for Cerakoting a firearm is the vast array of colors and finishes available. It is possible to create all kinds of elaborate, colorful designs and patterns using Cerakote, making it a great way to personalize any gun.
Applying Cerakote is not a simple affair; gunsmiths and other industry professionals must go through the Cerakote training program to become certified in being an applicator.
The coating application process begins after a firearm has been completely disassembled (it isn’t enough to simply field strip it). This is to ensure that the coating is applied correctly and evenly.
Every part is then degreased and blasted with garnet sand to remove all oils and lubricants, which can interfere with the coating. After that, the Cerakote finish is applied to each part, using a High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) spray gun. Once applied, metal parts are oven-cured at 250°F, while plastic polymer parts are oven-cured at 150 to 180°F. After the curing is completed, the process is completed and all that needs to be done is to reassemble the firearm.
Benefits Of Cerakoting
The finish is a very thin layer, with a thickness of only one mil (0.001 inches). It is designed to bond with steel, aluminum, and polymer parts, making it possible to apply Cerakote to virtually any gun part. Wood parts can also be Cerakoted; they are usually air-cured instead of oven-cured to prevent part shrinkage.
More than just a decorative finish, Cerakote is also an excellent protective coating that prolongs the life of your firearm.
The coating has a naturally high degree of lubricity, which translates into needing less lubricant between shooting sessions. It is also resistant against dirt, sand, dust, and other foreign particles and will act as a barrier against rust and corrosion, which helps keep your firearm running properly.
Cerakote also possesses excellent chemical resistance. Even when subjected to various solvents such as WD-40, acetone, brake cleaner, or even paint stripper, Cerakote will not come off your firearm, protecting the bare metal underneath from damage.
To give a real-world example, a Cerakote finish on a concealed carry gun will protect it from the effects of exposure to sweat and can help you feel more confident when carrying during the hotter months of the year.
The Bottom Line
IFA Tactical carries a large selection of pistols, rifles, and shotguns – some of which feature a factory Cerakote finish. We also offer a wide array of gunsmithing services, including Cerakoting.
Browse our online inventory and buy your next firearm from the convenience of your home, and do not hesitate to call us at (586) 275-2176 if you have any questions.