APPLIED FINISHES: CERAKOTE
Ceramic Polymer Vs. (Paints and Powder Coatings)
Bob Cogan: I resisted bringing these finishes on line for quite a few years. It was due to the problems we had seen on firearms that had been done by other companies with Teflon, or Epoxy Coatings. Some of these home brew finishes involved cooking the Teflon in your kitchen stove. (Not a smart health move)
We work daily with vicious chemicals and have to observe many safety precautions and we caution you about fooling with these bottles of eBay magic that promise a lot and may deliver more than what you bargain for. There was one report of a refrigerator being shot by an errant bullet from a revolver that was al-dente. Explain that one to your wife.
These problems mainly revolved around the application of coatings that were too heavy. The theory of a little is good, a lot is better does not apply here. We constantly get firearms in that need industrial stripping.
Thus the overage causes function problems. Also the softness of the coating wore off easily and exposed the bare uncoated base metal. Back to ground zero and Mr. Rust. We built and maintain our own equipment for the application of these products and we have nothing that looks like a kitchen stove.
We do the whole process differently. At AP&W we plate the larger parts of the firearm first with Nickel and then lightly re-blasting the Nickel surfaces before applying the Polymer Finish. Also, because Nickel Plating would protect the internal areas of the firearm from corrosion, especially with minor lubrication most shooters apply, there was no need to coat the inside areas extensively with the Polymer.
This procedure eliminated one source of tolerance problems and the inevitable exposure of the base metal due to holster wear. Due to the variety of plated finishes, all small parts and pins are plated, not painted. This gives AP&W clients the best of both worlds.
CERAKOTE by NIC is one of the color APW Firearm Coatings offering excellent corrosion protection, outstanding abrasion resistance, hardness and durability.
It can be provided in a satin or matte finish, it is slick to the touch similar to Teflon finishes and offers the abrasion resistance and surface strength of ceramics…
The ‘H series two component ceramic hybrid Gun Coatings were designed to provide a high quality, long lasting finish. After a full cure they have excellent resistance to most solvents and chemicals. At Accurate we oven cure the parts in our specific temperature and humidity controlled environment for maximum durability.
That’s “WEAR” the similarity ends. Tests have shown almost a 60% gain in wear resistance according to tests by an independent lab. When we tested it here at Accurate we wore out a few things trying to destroy it as best we could. It’s really tough stuff and the best part is it comes in colors. Many, many colors are available for the ultimate woodland combinations or OD concealment.
Also the product is self lubricating which means weapons can operate with little or no lubricants. This makes it’s excellent for the high cyclic rates most automatics have in competition.
Note: the slides on the left side are from the P11 Kel-Tec. The Standard .380 does not have dove-tails nor front site cuts or holes. The New Kel-Tec .380 with a slimmer top end is perfect for the back-up, light carry, casual operation.
It’s highly concealable.
Something this small, about the size of a dress wallet and weighing next to nothing will get to be along with you more often than something big and bulky. Half the time I never know I got mine with me, it’s so comfortable. This guy is a joy to shoot with the porting taking care of the muzzle rise and felt recoil and now you have a choice of colors…more colors in stock… see below.
The low resolution of most home computers does not allow us to display this as beautiful or perfectly as we wish. A 30 inch Apple with RETINA3 Displays I use doesn’t capture the evenness and beauty of this process. Cerakote has the same problem on their website. Items with a checkmark on the color page are in stock, those without are extra cost. We do however have samples of their colors.
CERAKOTE, is available in three variations…
One color, Two-tone and Camo