Re: Cerakote versus blued????
Coating can cover alot of different materials. Steel, aluminum, brass, Stainless steel. Traditional 'hot blue' is for carbon steel. It takes a special chemical solution to blue stainless and aluminum cann't be 'hot blued' at all. With coatings you don't have to have two different set-ups, one coating fits all. Traditional 'hot blue' requires alot of surface prep. A good job depends as much on pit removal and good polishing technique as it does operating the tanks, maybe more. I've been using Cera-Kote for about 3 years now (and GunCoat for 8). The finish reminds me of some of the AR finishes. I recently re-barreled a 700 ADL in a wood stock, opened the barrel channel, worked out a way to do away with the center screw threading into the center of the action, and pillar bedded it. I used Cera-Kote for the finish (barrel is S.S.). It looked very nice and, most of all, my customer is thrilled with it, too.
"Shoots real good!": definition; it didn't blow-up in my face. 1993 graduate Montgomery Community College 2yr. gunsmithing program
Last edited by shortgrass; 07-18-2010 at 07:20 AM.