Re: Benefit of Cerakote? HELP!
Trying to compare it to header coatings is not a valid comparison. Cerakote is considered neither an insulation or heat dissipater. NIC does make coatings for dissipating heat if that is your main concern but it's not as suitable for firearms. They also make powder coatings and they look great but not practical due to how thick it goes on. Stiffen a barrel? It's good stuff but I don't believe it adds much structurally. I doubt coating a cube of butter is going to make it impossible to chop in half with an ax.
Cerakote is thee proven state of the art metal protection designed for firearms. A fair comparison would be to other coatings for firearms. Unprotected your gun will require more care to remain rust free. A film of oil works as long as it doesn't get wiped or washed off in the rain. Traditional bluing helps a very little and it is attractive. I'm drawn to shiny objects so I like it for fair weather firearms. Parkerizing helps a little more but only due to it's ability to hold more oil. Ordinary paint works pretty good but scratches off easy and is susceptible to chemicals dissolving it. All the spray on coatings lie somewhere between rattle can paint and Cerakote.
Cerakote being an advanced wet applied ceramic coating reigns king at the top. Being it goes on wet similar to paint it is often wrongly viewed as just paint. It's base elements are ground up super hard inert ceramic materials. Ceramics are very hard, resistant to wear color fast and immune to most chemicals. Only the very stongest acids will alter it and it takes prolonged exposure to do it. Ceramic coatings are a large part what has made supersonic and space travel possible.
Weather is really defined as exposure to corrosive elements such as acidic water, dirt and ultraviolet radiation. The extreme of this is salt water. In this capacity it has no peer. It is so hard and slick it also aids in cutting friction. Cerakote is available in a few different colors. Not as many as the other coatings out there because the ceramics are only available in certain colors where the other coatings are just tinted like paint using ordinary paint pigments. Cerakote is so good at locking out adverse elements that once cured nothing will stick to it including more Cerakote.
Things to remember about Cerakote. It's only as good as it's foundation. The harder the base material under it given proper surface prep the more durable it is. Over wood, plastic and aluminum or it wears much faster than over tool steel.
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