What rifle coating do you like?

Discussion in 'Equipment Discussions' started by threejones, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. threejones

    threejones Well-Known Member

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    I've got a couple ugly rigs that I use for predator control that need a little facelift. I'd thought about Duracoat, Ceracoat, or Gun Kote. I've gotten mixed reviews about all three chipping, fading, etc. Gun Kote is starting to look toughest, but I'd love a little feed back from guys who have used and abused this stuff. Which one will hold up the best to heavy use/abuse.
    Thanx
    Cody
     
  2. CliffM

    CliffM Well-Known Member

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    I did a rifle in black and titanium Gun-Kote .
    It was very easy to do and seems tough as nails.
    I had to buy some aluminum oxide to blast it with and an air brush to paint it on.
    I bought the 8oz. size and it looks like there is enough to do maybe 4-5 more guns.
    Cliff
     

  3. threejones

    threejones Well-Known Member

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    Thanx Cliff, anybody else?
     
  4. wisdeerkiller

    wisdeerkiller Active Member

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    I just bought some duracoat for my 700 sps today. Shake N Spray kit with green, brown, tan and black for digital camo. Only $70. mainly bought duracoat because lauer custom weaponry is only 5 miles from my house so i was able to pick the colors i wanted in the kit. And I can talk to tell them face to face on all the tips and tricks for how they do it. Going to paint it this coming weekend.
     
  5. threejones

    threejones Well-Known Member

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    Sweet, let's see some pics when it's done. Then go beat the snot out of it and give us a review (or at least the review part:D)
     
  6. edjfadz

    edjfadz Well-Known Member

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    I used Gun Kote in brown to finish a custom 10/22 Race gun. It came out pretty damn good. All the different colors they have let you get a real custom look. I can't say how it holds up to any abuse, cause there ain't any abuse on the 10/22. You have to follow directions, so you need to blast with aluminum oxide, have a pretty good spray gun, compressor with air dryer and oven to bake it in. I've been thinking I might try Cerecoat but haven't yet. Have two Vanguards that I going to refinish. Good luck!!!
     
  7. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    I have cerakote, and I have some wear at trigger guard and bolt. I use my stuff. I have noticed blueing holding better on some rifles, my Weatherbys are good and I have worn it off. The guy that coated mine told me that different colors are better for wear, he has been at it awhile.
     
  8. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    I was told cerakote wasn't paintable. I wish it was, cause id do the flutes in a different color than the rest of the barrel.
    I'm in the same boat threejones. Trying to decide....
     
  9. elkoholic72

    elkoholic72 Well-Known Member

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    Winmag...
    How about Flat Dark Earth barrel with Graphite Black flutes and a OD green snakeskin overlay!! All Cerakote. Actually pretty easy once you know how!This is a savage barrel, but have also donethis on an interrupted fluted Brux barrel and it was sweet!!

    Ben
     

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  10. kennygss

    kennygss Well-Known Member

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    showoff! :):) That looks great! You need to post a lesson.
     
  11. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    Holy cow!!!
    That settles it. I'm going to shop around in this cerakote idea. I'm sold! I just need to find the right place to get it done like that.
    Ben, do you do this commercially?
     
  12. elkoholic72

    elkoholic72 Well-Known Member

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    Winmag, you should have no problem finding someone close to do your coating. Cerakote is made by NIC industries in Oregon. If you go to their website, they have a map of Cerakote applicators. I have used KG Gunkote, Duracoat, and Cerakote. Cerakote is definitely the most durable product made for coating firearms.
    Ben
     
  13. elkoholic72

    elkoholic72 Well-Known Member

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    Winmag, you have 5 applicators within 40 minutes of your house! That is very good odds that you can find one to do exactly what you need that is also competent!! By the way, don't get caught up in the "certified" applicator game. They have paid $1500 to take a class at NIC industries, but that does not mean that the gunsmith that is not certified is not as "qualified" to apply Cerakote. Taking a class cannot replace years of learned application techniques or having an artistic ability to know what works. I do recommend taking the class for anyone wanting to apply Cerakote on a professional level, just don't disqualify the ones that don't!! Good luck....and by the way, I always enjoy reading your posts!!! Your avatar has always caught my eye....as I've ended up in identical spots!!!
    Ben
     
  14. threejones

    threejones Well-Known Member

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    Ok Elko, I'm sold as well. I might even go take the class. I recon after 15years of professional painting(and several years of f___ing around with artsy stuff) I outta be able to handle it. That stick is way too good lookin for me not to try it. Are you self taught, or did you take the class? (just wondering if the class is worth taking, or if I should wing it)