CERAKOTE VS. DURACOAT
What are the big differences – the Pros and Cons?
Why is everyone asking which is better?
Well I can help, as I have had personal experience with both.
Why choose Duracoat?
Duracoat is a two part, paint and hardener mix. It is very easy to apply, takes no special equipment and is an air cured product. When applied, Duracoat is anywhere from .001 - .008 thick. Duracoat may be applied to all different types of material and in different sheens. Meaning the thicker you spray the shinier it gets. Duracoat is air cured and fully cured after 3-6 weeks.
Why choose Cerakote?
Cerakote is a two part, paint and hardener mix in the H-Series and one stage in the C-Series. It has to be applied with a HVLP spray gun and air compressor. Cerakote has several different products:
H-Series – oven cured, can withstand temps from 500 – 800 deg.F, fully cured when cool to touch
C-Series – air cured, can withstand high temps up to 2,000 deg.F, fully cured after 5 days
Also has a special coating for use with piston skirts, combustion chambers, and more applications
to help reduce heat and friction.
Cerakote is a ceramic based finish that can be applied to anything you can think of. The H-Series can be
applied to anything except rubber and graphite. The C-Series can be applied to anything. Cerakote has been
formulated to be abrasion, wear, corrosion, chemical, and impact resistant. Cerakote has become the choice
of many manufactures not only for firearms but for exhaust and engine applications and so much more.
When applied, Cerakote is anywhere from .0005 - .001 thickness which is a big plus when dealing with very
tight and crucial tolerances.
H-Series – oven cured, fully cured when cool to touch
C-Series – air cured, can be handled after 24 hours, and fully cured after 5 days
Now, why I chose Cerakote after using both Cerakote and Duracoat.
Impact, abrasion, corrosion, wear and chemical resistant
When cured you can clean it with acetone
Won’t flake or chip
Easy to use with stencils
Can be applied to any kind of material
State of the art performance in the lab and real world
Applies smoothly and evenly
Have yet to find any
Easy to apply
Not abrasion, chemical, impact or corrosion resistant
Chips and flakes fairly easily
When using stencils sometimes the adhesion pulls the previous coating off
Takes 3-6 weeks to fully cure
Have to be careful what you use to clean with
Occasionally does not have a smooth finish
Too thick when tolerances count
Have to keep applying to get a certain sheen
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH TESTING THE TWO COATINGS I SPRAYED AN AR-15 BOLT CARRIER
ONE WEEK AFTER SPRAYING I PUT THE TEST PIECES IN A 100% ACETONE BATH FOR ONE COMPLETE WEEK
I NOTICED AFTER TWO DAYS THE DURACOAT HAD STARTED TO LET GO OF THE PRODUCT
AFTER THE WEEK WAS UP I REMOVED THEM FROM THE BATH AND WIPED THEM WITH AN EMORY CLOTH
THE DURACOAT WIPED OFF CLEAN
THE CERAKOTE DID NOT EVEN SCRATCH
In the end, when I started applying Cerakote, I threw all the Duracoat away.