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Cerakote durability

Postby NMGuy » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:59 pm

Just how durable is this stuff when properly applied? I've had two rifles in the past done in it. A core15 rifle in OD green, and my rem 700 5R .223 rifle in black. The remington has held up decently well, but did not have as much abuse as the core15. The OD on the core15 would scratch and chip easily, especially around te mag well and all I use are Pmags which is what concerns me and brings me to this question. I know LWRC uses cerakote on a lot of their rifles, how does it hold up as compared to their Anodize finish? I'm getting either an A5 or an IC enhanced for my suppressor and was thinking Patriot Brown or FDE. Thanks Guys!
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Re: Cerakote durability

Postby jsha22lr » Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:16 pm

My Fenrir is cerakoted and its held up to a good bit. The mag well will wear along with the charging handle area. Mines been brushed against bags, woods, and a helicopter.
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Re: Cerakote durability

Postby LoganBetterton » Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:15 am

Cerakote holds up quite well, on certain areas that get contact from other parts; mag well, charging handle, and etc. there will be slight wear. But generally it should last as it is a form of powder coating. Just depends on your main usage.
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Re: Cerakote durability

Postby rcrandall » Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:26 pm

It also depends on how well the part was prepped before paint. LWRC does a good job with their Cerakote, I've got a bunch of their rifles with Cerakote and they all have worn well.
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Re: Cerakote durability

Postby tact999 » Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:31 pm

Cerakote will wear no matter how well it is applied, unless you don't really use the gear that is painted.
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Re: Cerakote durability

Postby NMGuy » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:52 pm

I understand any finish will wear. Charging handle area and mag well are obviously going to wear as they are constantly going to have parts moving on them. My real question I guess is should it wear faster than anodize? The one ar15 I had in a cerakote was chipping off around the mag well extremely easily.
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Re: Cerakote durability

Postby rcrandall » Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:23 am

It shouldn't be chipping. In the areas the paint has chipped is the surface black or silver?
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Re: Cerakote durability

Postby NMGuy » Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:44 pm

rcrandall wrote:It shouldn't be chipping. In the areas the paint has chipped is the surface black or silver?


It was bare metal. I'm sure it was a poor application of the product. I had a guy give me a demonstration of the stuff put on a forged aluminum block the other day. He got a few small dings in it with a metal hammer hitting it decently hard, but it didn't fail much till he hit it with some 120 grit sandpaper. Scraped it with some coins pretty good and it didn't do much. The rifle I had would have flaked off immediately from a coin.
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Re: Cerakote durability

Postby psybersapien » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:29 am

I've attached 2 pictures of my Six8 if similar wear and tear to the cerakote finish as well as the charging handle is normal. One picture shows wear as a silver line along the charging handle. Is this okay?

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Re: Cerakote durability

Postby rcrandall » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:49 pm

Yes, that is normal wear for a charging handle.
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Re: Cerakote durability

Postby van halen » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:28 pm

The CH is hard coat anodized I believe, not cerekoted.
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Re: Cerakote durability

Postby NMGuy » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:07 am

I've still not got a cerakote rifle. It's in my near future though!

On that charging handle. That is normal from my experience. I've got rifles with charging handles that look far more worn than that.
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Re: Cerakote durability

Postby LoganBetterton » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:43 am

psybersapien wrote:I've attached 2 pictures of my Six8 if similar wear and tear to the cerakote finish as well as the charging handle is normal. One picture shows wear as a silver line along the charging handle. Is this okay?

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That is normal. Any metal contact points will have wear.
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Re: Cerakote durability

Postby psybersapien » Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:52 pm

Thanks for the response folks. Based on feedback for the charging handle, I'll carry on. I won't worry about the cerakote wearing down by the CH either. Sounds like its expected.

And thanks for the anodized CH clarification VH!
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Re: Cerakote durability

Postby van halen » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:40 pm

You are more than welcome.

Good looking out, when you clean your rifle, always inspect it for wear and tear.
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