Parkerizing is a type of firearms finish in which the parts are dipped into manganese phosphoric acid, or sometimes zinc, creating corrosion and wear resistant finish. This finish has been used by military forces around the world to protect their firearms in the harshest conditions. Manganese phosphating creates a medium – dark grey almost black, non-reflective, matte type finish on the parts to which it is applied. Parkerizing cannot be applied to non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, brass, or copper. Furthermore it cannot be applied to steels with a high nickel content or on stainless steels.
Duracoat is a type of firearms finish in which the parts are sprayed with the two part epoxy type finish over a clean metal surface. Duracoat gives superior corrosion and wear resistance over standard finishes such as bluing or parkerizing alone. When applied over parkerizing the duracoat seeps into the pores of the metal, parkerizing opens the pores of the metal to allow better oil/paint absorption, giving a far superior finish to either process on its own. Duracoat is an air cure finish so it requires no oven to cure. However caution should be taken for the first 4-6 weeks to allow the finish to fully cure before harsh solvents are used in the cleaning of your firearm. Duracoat comes in a variety of colors and also is available in camo type kits to give your firearm a custom look.
Cerakote is a type of firearms finish in which the parts are sprayed with a two part ceramic based finish over a clean metal surface. Cerakote’s unique ceramic structure outperforms and outlasts most other finishes on the market in laboratory and real world settings. When applied over parkerizing Cerakote gets optimal adhesion to the metal surfaces of the parts, giving a superior finish to either process on its own. Cerakote finishes can withstand over 5,000 wear cycles per .0001 mil of finish.
- Parkerizing prices starting at $75 for pistols and $125 for rifles.
- Duracoat starting at $75 for pistols and $125 for rifles.
- Duracoat over parkerizing starting at $125 for pistols and $150 for rifles.
- Cerakote prices starting at $140 for pistols and $165 for rifles.
- Cerakote over parkerizing starting at $150 for pistols and $175 for rifles.
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