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Which is better, Duracoat or Cerakote?

Old 02-19-2013, 07:59 AM
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Default Which is better, Duracoat or Cerakote?

Which would be better to use on all the metal parts of a lever action rifle? The more options the better.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:52 PM
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I like the question !!!

Waiting to hear some of the guyz with experience on this one ???
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:56 AM
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I use both and they both offer better protection over regular spray paints.

Duracoat isnt quite as durable and tough as Cerakote but comes in a vast array of colors. Cerakote H, does require the baking of parts which I like because a couple hours after coating you can re-assemble and the firearm is ready. Duracoat on the other hand really needs time to cure for it's full hardness, that's usually about 2 weeks. Sure you can handle coated parts in 2-3 hrs afterwards and assemble in 24hrs but a full cure takes a while.

As with any painting/coating, the preperation is very important for a good job. I would recommend following the manufactures recomendations. Basically parts need blasting with 120 grit aluminum oxide, total submersion degreasing and flash heating. Handling parts with bare hands is a no no and nitrile gloves are a good choice. Again CeraKote H requires an oven to cure, 250-300degrees is required, if you are doing a barreled action a fairly big oven is needed. Cerakote also makes a type that doent need baking but I have no experience with it. It's for things that cant not be baked such as scope and some plastic parts or stocks.

Here's a 5 color Duracoat digital on one of my 6.5's

Cerakote Sniper Grey
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:10 AM
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How does these compare to black ice coating ?

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