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Old 01-22-2011, 02:21 PM   #11
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I had my Sistema done in CeraHide by CCR and it's outstanding. However I didn't recommend it because it costs more than the budget seems to allow for this project.

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Old 01-22-2011, 03:30 PM   #12
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Cane, that is a beautiful gun. One day I am going to get a 3.5" 1911.
Thanks Darin. That's Canebrake, my Colt Defender, a 3" mouse gun.

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I believe another option in Durabake. This requires a baking process & I have read good things on the results.

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I'd suggest "Cerahide" by CCR
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I had my Sistema done in CeraHide by CCR and it's outstanding. However I didn't recommend it because it costs more than the budget seems to allow for this project.
CCR, is that the place in Memphis, TN? How was your experience with them? Did you ship directly to them? Do you think i could hand deliver to them? Tellmeboutitman

I have a cz75b with an ugly slide that needs some love.
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CCR is in Greenville, Tenn. Brad and Mary are extremely nice and are people of integrity.

The work is excellent and turn around time is pretty darn fast. The finish on my Sistema is much nicer than can be conveyed in photos.

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If you want to sell your services here, you are most welcome to do so as a Vendor.

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Reading some negatives concerning DuraCoat is kind of surprising to me.. Not that it's never happened but I've done several firearms in DuraCoat with absolutelly great results and durability has been high. Like anything though, gun prep is everything. Duracoat likes a rough surface for application. Some folks even prep the firearm by having the surface parkarized first then sprayed to have that extra bit of surface roughness for the paint to adhere.

Glass bead blasting is not recommended if you are intending to apply DuraCoat since the finish will be too smooth for the paint to adhere properly. Another factor in durability is in the mixing process. DuraCoat is a two part mix and must be done right for it to work well. I'm not saying all of these things were not done in CA's instance but I'm just saying that DuraCoat is a great product at least from my experience.

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My impression from other research I've done is that Duracoat is a fairly straightforward DIY project (with results that match...) and Cerakote is something done by tradesmen in a shop (with more consistent and reliable results...).

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My impression from other research I've done is that Duracoat is a fairly straightforward DIY project (with results that match...) and Cerakote is something done by tradesmen in a shop (with more consistent and reliable results...).
I beg to differ.. Home - Oakridge Custom Finishing, LLC One company (tradesman) who offers Duracoating.. I'd like you to pay special attention to the "projects" portion of this mans website. His shop is local to my area. I would caution you not relegate any gun refinishing processes to either the "Do it Yourselfers" or tradsmen. There are no gun finishes that I know of that cannot and are not being reproduced by the DIY's in their home shops.

Just because you run a shop or business, does not automatically mean you are consistant and/or reliable...
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I know this has been discussed on every other forum out there, but I couldn't find it here and you guys I trust.

Does anyone have experience with one or the other or maybe both and would like to share good, bad or compare the two?

I read that Cerakote is tougher, but harder to apply.
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