Gun Coatings

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by HUNTNMOON, Jul 3, 2011.


    HUNTNMOON Member

    Jul 1, 2011
    Has anyone compared CERAKOTE AIR-DRY CERAMIC COATINGS to the Oven dried? How do the coatings affect the scopes and the warrantys.
  2. brentc

    brentc Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    You'll take your scope off, and cerakote the metal parts of the rifle, including the scope rings if you wish.

  3. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    Coating the scope SHOULD not affect the warranty, but check with your scope manufacturer to be sure.

    I have not tried the air dry, but the oven baked Cerakote finishes cannot be beaten.

    You can use the original oven baked formula on scopes and cure them at half the temperature for 3x the time just fine.

    Then let it air cure for a month before putting it back together and to work.
  4. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    The H series coatings are substantially more durable. The coatings themselves don't hurt the scope. It's the prep. Without proper prep neither is very durable at all. Be sure to mask off the power ring, threads or seams near the occular or AO assembly and anywhere else you don't want grit or acetone to get into the scope. Depends on the scope manufacturer to know if the warranty is affected. The reputable scope makers go on the nature of the defect and if the coating caused the malfunction and if the presence of the coating will affect the repair process. The H series gets harder the longer you cook it up to where it's fully cured. It needs a minimum of 250 degrees to set it fully. Any less and it will always be a little softer. Air cure gets harder over time but still never as hard as fully cured H series. Either series is going to be way better than any other sort of finish you can apply.