Ceracote or Duracote? Recommendations?

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by Firedude, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. Firedude

    Firedude Active Member

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    Sep 30, 2018
    I've used Duracote in the past but I'm wondering what all of you use and/or if there is really much difference? I'm thinking about doing matte black for the slide and FDE for the frame on a build that I am doing.

    Thank you
     
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  2. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    In for the info.
     

  3. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    +1 for Cerekote. My experience with Duracoat was unacceptable. The Cerekote pistols I own and carry, look great & wear pretty darn well!
     
  4. Stogies

    Stogies One more please!

    Aug 22, 2015
    Go with Cerekote. It's very durable and looks great. Duracoat, not so much.
     
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  5. wrmiller

    wrmiller The Tinker

    Oct 29, 2016
    What is the thickness of Cerekote? I had my STI duracoated, and I couldn't even put the pistol back together because nothing fit. Had to scrape/blast it all off.

    I was told I built the pistol too tight... :confused:
     
  6. Stogies

    Stogies One more please!

    Aug 22, 2015
    0.001
     
  7. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    The guy who finished it put it on to thick.. Shouldn't barely change dimensions if at all. Thin layers and it doesn't wear too bad if you let it cure at least a month.
     
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  8. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Cerakote does wear a bunch better.. However the biggest problem with DuraCoat is when it is applied to thick, and not given ample time to cure. I think they shoot themselves in the foot by saying can handle normally in 48 hours, because if you really read into it, it doesn't fully cure for 30 days. I have done some pistols in duracoat and allowed the 30 days to go by and those guns did not do terribly bad in the wear department. But, most never let it properly cure. Plus 3 light coats and oven cure can be and should be used on this coating as well. They have a product now called Durabake. But, again if your gonna compare the two. Cerakote is much better. But, also needs to be applied in 3 thin layers.
     
  9. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jul 6, 2014
    So, who does a good job Cerekoting?
     
  10. july19

    july19 Womb? Weary? He rests. He has travelled. Supporting Addict

    Sep 16, 2013
    BEC and others; Lou did two of my pistols and the work was flawless.
     
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  11. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    I personally don't do either any more, for what you pay for a Cerakote job "a good one" you can get PVD, or even a much better all around finish anyway. Unless you get someone like BEC or Chuck Rogers who have been doing them for years. The Mom and Pop shops unfortunately are hit or miss.
     
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  12. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    I haven't done enough to feel confident in it and lack a few of the supplies to do as good of a job as I would want to do. I plan on doing one to a personal build before long. but only because I had already bought the materials to do so..
     
  13. azpoolguy

    azpoolguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    Lou is the best in the biz.
     
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  14. wrmiller

    wrmiller The Tinker

    Oct 29, 2016
    Thanks guys. I think I'll stick with my current plan of doing electroless nickel when the time comes. I'll probably use the Caswell kit.
     
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  15. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Let us know how that comes out, I have used some of their Nickel and Gold plating kits on parts with okay results, but have wondered about some of their other kits and finish materials as far as the quality and performance...
     
  16. wrmiller

    wrmiller The Tinker

    Oct 29, 2016
  17. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    845
    Jul 6, 2014
    Please decode "BEC" for me.
     
  18. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Business End Customs.
     
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