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I have another newbie question. Just say, I have a LNIB DW Valkyrie Commander with the duty finish and I value this at $1300. If I send the slide and have it professionally Cerkoted, will that decrease the value? I like two tone guns and I'd leave the frame black and probably have the slide done burnt bronze or tungsten color. Thanks for your advice.

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I've used X-werks in Phoenix for years & years and they do 1st class work. But, if it's going to decrease the value, I'm not going to have it done. Thanks,

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Wow, $$$ serious cabbage to buy a gun, then coat the original finish. Dude, go buy a frame and slide and do it right. Really?

If I had the disposable income you seem to have my kids college fund would be good and my dreams of a Knights Armament .338 would be sitting on my rest.
 

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Yeah, if I were a buyer, I would lose interest at the word "cerakote" . . . . . .

I like two-tone guns too - blued over stainless, duty finish over stainless. But brown over duty finish . . . . . next . . . .
 
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Absolutely will decrease in value. You wouldn't really change a fine finish for a spray and bake?
Or increase its value because you no longer need to worry about what solvents, cleaners or lube you use.
 

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I did 2 Kimber ultra slides. The normal version was junk. Elite series I did on the second one, that seem to hold up better. But for $93 slide you can have it black Carbon TiN done. What’s cerakote going rate $60 for slide?


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I like 2 tone slides but my main reason was post #8, about the finish. I've read a bunch about how careful you have to be with DW's and the solvent you use. I don't want a spotted color slide or anything else.
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Sorry, I don't have a Knight's but I do have a Barrett 338.

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Definitely don’t cerakote the aluminum frame. Made my Kimber softer, was disassembling and dropped pin on the frame and it dented it.
Me personally if I wanted 2 tone on DW, would send the slide out for Nickel Boron(NiBX)or NP3.


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Definitely don’t cerakote the aluminum frame. Made my Kimber softer, was disassembling and dropped pin on the frame and it dented it.
Me personally if I wanted 2 tone on DW, would send the slide out for Nickel Boron(NiBX)or NP3.


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Was NOT aware that Cerakote softens metals!
 

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Was NOT aware that Cerakote softens metals!
Think it is more of be aware of who is doing it. That one was done by a non certified cerakote applicator. Did get a refund on that job, but that did not fix the issues. Think you can do more mistakes with steel and be fine, but aluminum. Aluminum just media blasting seconds too long or in the same place will remove the anodizing production. So you have that to worry about, then did they put it on thick enough, then bake temp and time.

Before I sold it. I did email cerakote and sent it to them and they fixed it. What got me the most is it was a frame and need a FFL License to receive. Thinking ohh have FFL must be a good gunsmith/ refinisher.

But one like what they like. Example for me would be classic shaving razors. Some people like to get them revamped in gunkote vs revamp in rhodium/nickel/gold. Resell value is in the demand at that time with the market. I got this Gillette slim G3 from my grandfather when he passed, and I wanted it to look like it did when he bought it.




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