What is Cerakote Firearm Coating?
Cerakote is a spray on ceramic product that can be applied to metal, plastic, wood, polymers and many other substances. Produced by NIC Industries, it comes in a wide variety of colors and is commonly applied to firearms. A Cerakote firearm coating is only around 24 microns (0.024mm) thick, yet it enhances abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength and hardness. Cerakote out performs all other competing products and traditional finishes such as blueing. Check out the test results that prove it here! These benefits explain why Cerakote is such an excellent choice for firearms and why Melbourne Master Gunsmith has chosen to be a factory trained, certified Cerakote applicator!
Why Apply It To Your Gun?
Custom Cerakoting provides great protection for you firearm and makes it look great! It rejuvenates you weapon, a bit like buying it a flash new suit lined with armour. You can personalise your gun with the colors you choose. It rules out the need to oil treated surfaces and it’s tough enough to stay put even if you drop your gun on a rough surface.
How is Cerakoting Done?
The process of applying a Cerakote coating to a firearm has several stages.
First the gun is completely stripped down and cleaned.
Next comes decontamination or degreasing. Whether this is a quick of lengthy process depends on the firearm and how much oil has been applied over time. The decontamination phase is the most crucial part of the whole process. Some guns clean up quickly, but others take several passes through the whole decontamination process.
Once decontaminated, all the parts are sandblasted. Everything comes off, right down to the bare metal. This leaves a good surface for the Cerakote to bond to.
The next step is racking and masking all parts in preparation for gassing out. This means the rack of parts is heated to around 65 – 80 degrees celcius for around 60 minutes. This process evaporates any remaining moisture and solvents and brings any remaining oils to the surface. If any oil is in evidence, then it’s back to the decontamination phase and degassing processes again and until all parts are oil free.
Just like painting, the quality of the finish comes back to your preparation!
The final step is to spray on Cerakote, leave for a few minutes, then bake in an oven for curing at 150 degrees celcius. One coat is all that’s needed!
We’re factory trained Cerakote applicators and we stand behind our work with a full warranty. Contact us at Melbourne Master Gunsmith now for a free quote!