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Cerakote

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by spectra, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    Building a NFA rifle and this will be a once and done rifle. I have a billet upper and lower and they match great. Well the rail is a little lighter and might just Cerakote all 3 so they are OD green. I like the look in pictures but have not seen one in person. As stated this is a once and done gun and will be a keeper for a long time with the stamp waiting period. Tell me what do you think or what you would do if this was you.

    Thanks:thumbup:
     
  2. TwinStick

    TwinStick In the wind Active Member

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    I cerakoted (the air dry type) my troy forend. It matches really closely to the Magpul OD furniture. Here's an old photo, and I know the front sight is on backwards in this pic.

    Even the air dry cerakote is really durable, it's been on the forend for a couple years and I only have 1 little scratch on the bottom from a carpet staple on a shooting rest at a range in CA. I highly recommend it.

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  3. liquidsys

    liquidsys North Bend, WA Disciple of the Gun

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    I've seen some Cerakote jobs and they did look good, however, it takes a lot more work to get a good product vs something like Duracoat. I've used Duracoat a few times and couldn't be happier. If you let it cure for a week or two before handling, it's as hard as nails and holds up to anything. They say you can touch it and assemble your rifle etc in 24 hours, but I personally recommend 7-10 days for pro level work.

    This is my first post, so please excuse if I don't link my photos right below, but here's my last rifle. I built this as my take on an 18" SPR build, and went from a BCM Stainless 410 barrel to OD it to match my build. My process was simple: I sanded it with 600 grit, degreased and sprayed. Looks like it came that way from the factory. I think I tossed 3 coats at it. The only thing to keep in mind if you're hitting a barrel is that if your gas block is tight prior to spraying then you might paint yourself right out of being able to put it on. Duracoat is only a few mils thick, but my Troy gas block was built with exacting tolerances. After spraying I ended up lightly sanding the duracoat around the gas block to shave off a little clearance. The finish held up well to the sanding and shed just enough size to slide it on perfectly. Only 6-8 cuss words and one hard angry punch into my work bench required.

    Duracoat also comes in a metric crap ton of colors, if that's important to you.
    Here's my build album
     
  4. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    Well I ended up ordering another rail and it matches perfectly. So now am on the fence about the cerakote. I like black guns and well this one might have to stay black now.

    I do like the do it your self stuff also thanks for the info!