THE cerakoting PROCESS

Central Minnesota Cerakoting

What is Cerakote?
Cerakote is a Polymer-Ceramic Composite coating that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers and wood. The unique formulation used for Cerakote ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness. Each of these properties is rigorously tested to guarantee that Cerakote products remain at the forefront of the ceramic coatings market. Cerakote ceramic coatings utilize state-of-the-art technology to out-perform any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real world applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • history

    How is Cerakote Made?

    Developed by NIC Industries, Cerakote is a thin-film ceramic coating that offers a hard finish that is resistant to abrasion, corrosion and chemicals—and looks great at the same time. The thinness (0.001-inch thick) of the coating makes it ideally suited to the often-tight tolerances of firearms. It can be applied to practically all materials used in firearm construction, whether it's steel, aluminum or plastics/polymers. Gulllake Sandblasting and Powdercoating is Central Minnesotas leading Cerakote-certified applicator.

    Cerakote is a proprietary finish, made by a company called Cerakote. The name is a portmanteau with the word "coat" changed to "kote," because misspelling things is cool. (Though some cynical miscreants disagree on that point.) Anyway, the finish employs ceramic (hence "cera") particles as part of the solution. This creates a hard surface that resists scratching and other abrasion, such as if the pistol is dropped or otherwise impacted by something. 

  • what materials?

    What can I Cerakote?

    Cerakote ceramic coatings can be used to coat a wide range of properly prepared substrates including: All metals, including: titanium, aluminum, magnesium, copper, brass, stainless steel, etc...

  • is it permanent?

    Is Cerakote Permanent?

    Cerakote is an oven cured, thin film ceramic gun coating that is rust-proof, self-lubricating, scratch-resistant, and solvent resistant. Cerakote is a permanent ceramic finish that is designed to last the lifetime of the firearm. ... No other firearm finish will achieve 2,000 to 3,000 hours in a salt spray test.

high  temp

  • Another option available is a high temp version of ceramic coating. This coating is an excellent choice for exhaust headers, diesel turbos and 2 stroke exhaust as it will withstand temps up to 2,000 degrees F, plus it helps lower under hood temps. Need that sled can looking sharp again?
    Use our high temp ceramic coatings in many colors.

benefits of cerakote on firearms?

Cerakote offers some distinct advantages over other finishes. First, the material has a good degree of lubricity, acting as a lubricant once the finish has been applied. A lot of users have found they need to use far less lubricant (if any) once their gun has been coated. Compared to other lubricants, Cerakote attracts far less in terms of dirt, dust and other particles, keeping the gun cleaner and ensuring better operation. Cerakote is also a more effective barrier against oxidation and corrosion than bluing. This is advantageous for firearms that are carried in a marine environment (live on the coast?) or may be exposed to a lot of sweat (carry gun during hot summer months) or exceedingly hot and dusty (or the desert?) environments as well. It can also look cool. While you can get a black coating that doesn't look a whole heck of a lot different than black steel or polymer to begin with, plenty of other finishes are available too. Into Flat Dark Earth? We have it. Well like it has been mentioned guns have a lot of moving parts now a days, and any wear on these parts can cause the gun to stop functioning correctly. A lot of things can cause wear to a gun from normal use to mishandling.

In firearms, an additional thousandths or two of thickness at critical areas can mean the difference between functioning and non-functioning, a coating like Cerakote with its 0.001 thickness is a real advantage. Also, for obvious reasons, this coating needed to be highly resistant to corrosion as compared to more delicate finishes such as bluing.

Cerakote is a type of gun coating as well as a finish, so it's kind of like a lacquer for your gun. Granted, Cerakote isn't made out of shellac, so it's not the same thing. However, they both do roughly the same job, creating both an appearance as well as a protective coating. 

Normal wear occurs because you have oils on your hands that can eat into the metal parts over time. Also, the slide part of the gun is moving back and forth which causes friction. If your gun does not have a slide but is instead a hammer, the hammer hitting still causes wear. The bullet also coming out of the chamber causes wear over time to the inside of the barrel. Also, the small explosion on the inside each time to propel the bullet out causes wear.

Some of these wear causing things can be slowed down with proper care. If you clean your gun and oil it regularly, then it reduces the effects of the friction. Also, some of the smaller parts can be replaced easily and this will help your gun last longer, but some mishandling things or accidents can't be prevented or protected against in other ways.

Carrying the gun can lead to it getting scratches and things just from it bumping into things. These cosmetic issues don't really affect the function, but if you are spending a lot on a gun you probably want it to stay looking good for as long as possible as well. Also, a drop could cause cosmetic damage and functioning damage, but if you have a coating on the gun these damages can be reduced.

Cerakote puts a layer on the outside of the gun that is hard and protective. The ceramic in the Cerakote keeps the gun from getting scratched if it bumps into different things or gets dropped. The thin layer also protects the moving parts from wear. This keeps the gun in the proper specifications for longer so you don't have to replace parts and it keeps functioning correctly. Lastly it protects the gun from the elements, such as water, so the metal does not rust or pit.

Another benefit of Cerakote is that it comes in over a hundred colors. This means you can get your gun to look however you want. You can even have different parts of the gun be different colors, so the possibilities are endless. Some might think that customizing the color is just for aesthetics, but doesn't add any real benefits. While this is mostly true, it isn't completely true. If you are wanting to hide your gun, then you can get it in a color that is more easily concealed. That is one reason why getting a custom color can add more benefits than just making you happy.

Should you get Cerakote?
So you still may be wondering should you do it to your firearm.

Our answer would be yes.

It is an added cost, but it will keep your gun functioning correctly for a lot longer. The added protection for your gun and then the fact you can make your gun your own, out weights any cost. The technique used by our applicators now make it so getting Cerakote on your gun will not do any harm to it.


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