Am I the only one who hates Cerakote?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Shocker2000, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. Shocker2000

    Shocker2000 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Apr 6, 2016
    So, I see these amazing works of art from fantastic artists/craftsman/smiths, only to see their guns coated in friggin' Cerakote. Am I the only one who despises Cerakote?

    Customers and members here seem to be happy, but damn, I find it a waste to many hours of hard work. NEVER would I own a 1911 (or any gun) coated in Cerakote, despite the fantastic machining and craftsmanship. I know, I know, make the customer happy.

    Am I the only one? Opinions? :)
  2. cougartracks

    cougartracks Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2015
    I will be the first to say "if properly applied...." haha, but in all reality I had BEC do a Glock for me that is carried in a hard kydex holster. Lots of draws, lots of shooting. It holds up well and looks great in my opinion. I also have a few rifles that BlownDeadline cerakoted. Basically the sky is the limit when it comes to design, color etc. I also went to the SHOT show and handled Nighthawk's Agent 2 which is cerakoted. Holy moley I don't think I have ever lusted after a gun like that.
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  3. Shocker2000

    Shocker2000 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Apr 6, 2016
    Cool. Nice to have another opinion.

    Most Cerakoted guns I've felt have a rough texture. Melonite, bluing, Black T, Ionbond, etc. all have a smoother finish to me.

    A friend of mine has a couple of Agency Arms Glocks, and the finish looks like crap. Maybe surface prep and "properly applied" is the key here.
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    May 12, 2015
    I'm totally with you I don't like it.
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  5. 808

    808 Member

    Jan 22, 2018
    I’m not really a fan either.
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  6. Fatbob Frank

    Fatbob Frank Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Feb 5, 2014
    I'm a fan of Krylon myself...
  7. Bogey41

    Bogey41 Active Member

    Apr 6, 2016
    If I ever get firearms recoated, it’s NP3 or Roguard from now on. Looks great and in my experience makes the gun more reliable.
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    SHOKDU Ask about my avatar... Supporting Addict

    Jan 3, 2013
    It's hard to beat the beauty of a bluing job, or the intense "brightness" of a hard chrome job...but it's damn near impossible to beat the protection that a manganese phosphate base and cerakote on top offers.

    I think I've owned a 1911 with just about every prominent finish on it...hard chrome, bluing, cerakote, ionbond, np3, gunkote, melonite, Armory Kote, and Black-T. I am sure some of those are very similar...

    If I have to have the look of a "white" gun, stainless is too easily scuffed up...the gun will get hard chrome purely for aesthetics and it's pretty good at protecting the gun as well, I'll get bluing for my "beauty" guns but I don't expect it to protect them from the elements one bit. My main go-to for many reasons will always be a properly applied cerakote finish.
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  9. ZoidMeister

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    Dec 4, 2014
  10. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    No, you are not.
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  11. Kip

    Kip Sir Kip Esquire Supporting Addict

    Apr 12, 2016
    With "Sharpie" accents!!
  12. Greg45acp

    Greg45acp Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Oct 31, 2016
    IMG_0292.JPG I like the Robar platings and hard chrome. Otherwise it's gotta be blued or parkerized for me.

    (This Novak Colt from the Milt Sparks website is NP3 and Roguard. )

    Oh, and this distressed finish crap from DW and Wilson is for the Tide Pod eaters.
  13. sel2283

    sel2283 Member

    Jan 30, 2018
    I'm not a huge fan myself. I have a Colt 1070cqb that has only a few hundred rounds through it and it's already starting to chip around the ejection port. I'm tempted to send it back under warranty because I don't think I'll keep it and I know I'll take a hit on the value with the wear.

    Now on the other hand, my Special Combat Rail in melonite isn't wearing at all.
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  14. Jollyroger1

    Jollyroger1 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 19, 2015

    I’m sure you wouldn’t kick either of these out of bed....

    Lou’s cerakote and Wilson Combat’s Armor Tuff (version of cerakote) are applied very well. I believe both are applied over a parkerized/ phosphate.
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  15. WC145

    WC145 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jan 1, 2013
    I don't like it, don't like the texture or the way it wears. If I'm wanting an inexpensive finish I'll go with parkerizing. If it's something I want to last it'll be DLC, hard chrome, Roguard, or NP3. If appearance is a factor give me good old fashioned hot blue, nothing looks better or creates as much character as it wears.
  16. LPRoad

    LPRoad Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 16, 2015
    I don't mind it on ARs, not a fan on 1911s.
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  17. Colt1911Guy

    Colt1911Guy Lifetime NRA member Supporting Addict

    Aug 27, 2017
    Ok for Glocks but I personally wouldn’t on a 1911
  18. NPV

    NPV Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Nov 15, 2017
    I'm a sucker for blued 1911s and I especially like them when they start to develop some honest wear.

    Though with that being said sometimes Cerakote is the right tool for the job. If for instance someone was using their 1911 as a duty weapon they probably would not want to subject their blued 1911 to the elements in an open holster. I think there is a place for it and some of the pistol smiths on this site do the best Cerakote work I've seen.
  19. Kip

    Kip Sir Kip Esquire Supporting Addict

    Apr 12, 2016
    Same way I lean.
    Guns get beat up during the day,and you have the "parked" backer.
    Recall an AR finished in "tungsten",like liquid metal-freaking gorgeous!!
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  20. azpoolguy

    azpoolguy Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Jul 4, 2013
    I like Cerakote for what it is. No reason to hate it. It is just a product. Choose something else for your 1911s if you like.
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