Cerakote

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by CA357, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I think I'm going to have my Sistema Colt Cerakoated. it's supposed to be a Teflon coating of some sort.

    The bluing job the 'smith put on it is wearing off at an alarming rate and I don't even carry it. So since I've got so much invested in this pistol, I think it needs a good finish. In a way, I hate to spend more money on it, but, in for a penny, in for a pound.

    I'll have the nicest looking overpriced, overspent fifty plus year old Sistema on the planet. :rolleyes:

    I'm having it done all black with a finish similar to what my CZ 75B had. Sort of a semi-gloss black.

    The guy is giving me a great price since he wants to build up his business. He's on a California gun board that I frequent. The only negative is an almost two hour drive to get to him.

    So, I'm pretty much committed to doing this, but I'd like to know if anyone here has had Cerakoting done and how it's held up?
     
  2. CA357

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    Anybody?

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  3. canebrake

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    Don I've had the Cerakote on Canebrake for near one year now and no sign of wear.

    I think it's a great finish.

    It's not Teflon though, it's a ceramic coating.

    NIC Industries - Cerakote

    Go for it! I'm sure you'll love it!
     
  4. CA357

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    Sounds good to me. Thanks Cane.
     
  5. CA357

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  6. CA357

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    Wow! That may be a possibility. I wonder how it will do over the matte blue?

    I won't be taking it to the guy for Cerakoting. He emailed me that the import mark is too deep to remove. If I'm going to pay someone to refinish it, I want the import mark gone.

    The alternative is to send it to Ford's for a high dollar refinish and I really can't afford that. That would probably run me around three hundred or more plus the turnaround time can be lengthy.

    I may try that Wheeler stuff. Thanks for the link. Have you tried it?

    I think I'll sit tight for now. I don't make the best decisions when I make a snap judgment.

    Thanks for the input gents. It looks like I'm still no further ahead.
     
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  7. CA357

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    I went ahead and ordered the CeraamaCoat. We'll see. It won't look worse, that's for sure. ;)
     
  8. M14sRock

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    Depending on where the import mark is located, removing it CAN enter a technical grey area of legality. Technically. Is your mark on the frame, or slide? The big problem with removing it is proving what was actually removed. If "they" think it was a serial number, not an import mark, you will have some 'splaining to do.

    I have not used the Wheeler CeramaKote, but I use the Brownells/KG Products Gun Kote all the time and they work about the same. I do have a sand blasting cabinet, so would use that prior to coating. But if you have some fine sandpaper, just rough up the surface, wipe with acetone and follow the directions. If you feel like a road trip to LA, bring it down and we can knock it out in a half an hour, plus the baking time.

    Most of the "do it yourself" finishes turn out pretty well if the directions are followed.

    Do you know anyone who owns a machine shop, or full service auto parts store near you? They will have a blasting cabinet and might blast your parts for you. You could also lightly sand down the edges of the import mark so that it does not protrude, then blast the snot out of it and paint. It will still show, but not be too obvious.
     
  9. CA357

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    Here's the import mark, it's large and deep. I'm just going to live with it. the pistol was blasted before it was blued and I'll use bluing remover and then degrease it.

    It should take pretty well. If not, I'm not really any further behind than I am now.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. M14sRock

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    Ouch! I'd blast it and spackle that baby with JB Weld, then try the Ceramakote. Ha.

    Or, just leave it alone.

    I have a few spare Systema slides, and think one has the import mark. I'm gonna see if the JB Weld spackle works.

     
  11. CA357

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    That might not be a bad idea. Let me know if you use JB Weld to fill it and how it comes out. It seems like it should work in theory.
     
  12. M14sRock

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    I'll try it and see how it fills the letters. I don't have any Ceramakote to cover it with but will see how Gun Kote does. Or even some Krylon, just to see how it looks without baking.
     
  13. CA357

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    Thanks. Ordinarily, I'd just go ahead and try it, but I'm a bit reticent about making things worse. :rolleyes:
     
  14. M14sRock

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    I have a pile of extra 1911 slides. Some of them have seen a LOT of hard use. I don't mind trying it. Nothing that can't be blasted off and redone anyway.
     
  15. CA357

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    I definitely am going to go for it. The only question is whether or not I fill that stinkin' import mark. Do you think they could have made it any bigger? :rolleyes:
     
  16. M14sRock

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    It is pretty big. I have a Colt with an import mark, and you almost need a microscope to read it.
     
  17. CA357

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    I will admit that it's a nice clean rollmark. I just would like it gone.

    BTW, I got an email from Midway last night, the Ceramacoat is already on its way. That's pretty good service I only ordered it a few hours before that.

    The thing I hate about Midway is that they won't ship ammunition to me here in Cali.
     
  18. NGIB

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    I have seen some very impressive finishes done by a place called CCR in TN. I think they call their flavor Cera-Hyde. My Springer Legend has a Robar finish and it appears extremely tough...
     
  19. CA357

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    I just googled Robar. Man are they expensive! Ford's is cheaper and that's saying something.