Is a DLC finish more scratch resistant than other finishes?

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  1. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    Hi folks,
    I did a search here, and didn't find anything on the subject. Has anyone had any first-hand experience with a DLC finish? Does it resist scratching, or just wear in general? How is it to maintain?
    Thanks,
    C
     
  2. removed

    removed Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2015
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  3. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

    Aug 18, 2011
    Yes, my EMP is DLC coated (Ionbond) and has minimal signs of wear even after several years (due to the aluminum). It can get gray or chalky looking after time if no oil is applied, but you can just apply a small amount of oil to the finish to get it looking black again. I would absolutely recommend it.
     
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  4. cundiff5535

    cundiff5535 Chambers Custom Owners Club

    Apr 1, 2013
  5. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    DLC is very hard and wear resistant but if you ding your gun or put a deep scratch on it you can compromise the integrity of the finish. So, like hard chrome, it's great against holster wear, handling marks, minor scratches, the kind of stuff your gun is subjected to everyday, but don't go dragging it behind your truck, nothing is going to protect your gun from that kind of abuse except maybe a Pelican case. Maintenance is a breeze, clean it with whatever you want, wipe it down with an oily cloth, wipe off any excess with a dry cloth.

    This gun is done in Ionbond DLC. When I took this pic it had seen a couple of years of carry, 15 or so matches plus range time, and had over 3000 rounds on the barrel (which is also coated in Ionbond DLC) and there is practically no wear on the finish whatsoever. You can see a couple little scuff marks on the trigger but that's it.

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  6. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    Thanks for the replies!
     
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  7. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    That looks like old school Colt bluing! Just wow!
     
  8. Chris James

    Chris James Well-Known Member

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    Apr 12, 2013


    I’ll get some pictures of one that has over 20k rounds and 10k draws out of a kydex holster.

    Like all applied finishes surface prep is key. From there it is understanding the coating being applied and the parts being coated.

    In this case the DLC. I’ll add to it later with the picture of wear.
     
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  9. Win Wolcott

    Win Wolcott Well-Known Member

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    Jan 22, 2016
    IMG_1756.JPG My favorite. Looks like blue. Tougher than hard chrome.
     
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  10. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    Gorgeous gun! Did you have all the flats polished, or just the slide?
     
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  11. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    Yeah, that's the reason I went with it, it's the only black finish I could find that would show what the metal surface prep looked like - polish the metal, DLC shows it, bead blast it matte and it shows that. Polished it looks lie blueing except with excellent wear resistance.
     
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  12. cundiff5535

    cundiff5535 Chambers Custom Owners Club

    Apr 1, 2013
    Who did the application? What was it polished to?
     
  13. code420

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    3E3B8AB4-7ED0-4FD3-97C6-0B9A67DB706F.jpeg DLC finish is tougher than nails and I have found that it's the most durable finish on the market. Give Hugh at Deep River Customs a call and he can get your gun refinished!!
     
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  14. Jollyroger1

    Jollyroger1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2015
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    Loving the DLC so far! Only 300 rounds thru it though :D
     
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  15. Shocker2000

    Shocker2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2016
    I recently had to fit a DLC coated part. It took forever to break through the coating. What would normally be a few minutes of sanding took over 45 minutes. It was chewing through the wet/dry sandpaper.
     
  16. 45caldude

    45caldude Well-Known Member

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    Apr 12, 2015
    I stripped a grip screw and tried the liquid professional jb-weld to the hex wrench/screw. It seeped on the frame by accident. Sprayed some Gibbs on it several days later and it cleaned it up as new.

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  17. Jollyroger1

    Jollyroger1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2015
    That’s sexy! ^^^
     
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  18. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    Very impressive, man!
     
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  19. Win Wolcott

    Win Wolcott Well-Known Member

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    Jan 22, 2016
    That is how this Classic was delivered from Nighthawk. Not done after.
     
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  20. Usp45ct

    Usp45ct Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2012
    Yes. More scratch resistant than most like bluing or cerakote. Some coatings as hard, and some prossible a little better.
     

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