Cline Tactical uses Cerakote Ceramic Coatings for finishing our firearms. Cerakote is an industry-leading product for the firearms industry. It is a polymer-ceramic composite coating that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers and wood.
The unique formulation used for Cerakote coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness. Each of these properties is rigorously tested. Cerakote ceramic coatings utilize state-of-the-art technology to outperform any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real world applications…
When a firearm comes into our shop, we totally disassemble the complete firearm and soak it in a de-greasing formula that will not soften nor mar soft parts such as plastics or polymers.
Once soaked, we remove and wipe off excess oils and use high pressure air to blow off any moisture in the parts. From there, we sandblast with a 100-grit Aluminum Oxide mixture at about 90 PSI for hard metal parts and about 35 PSI for softer metals and plastic or polymer parts. Once all the old finish is off, we remove and use high-pressure air to blow off any debris.
We separate each part and attach a hanger to hang them in our oven. We cook the metals for an hour at 300 degrees or softer parts 2 hours at 150-180 degrees to “gas-out” any absorbed oils in the parts. If there are any areas that show oils, we repeat the degreasing and sandblasting steps.
From there we do not touch the parts with bare hands. We move them to our application area. Cline Tactical stocks around 27 colors in the H-series Cerakote but can special order any other color or series.
Once color has been chosen, we mix the Cerakote with catalyst usually around a 14:1 ratio depending on the desired sheen for the H series. We use a Aneta Iwata HVLP (high-volume, low-pressure) spray gun with a .8 tip size. We spray the parts at around a 25 PSI, hang to air dry for 8 minutes prior to moving them to our oven.
After 15 minutes, we remove from the oven and let air dry to normal temperature and test the coating thickness with a coating thickness gauge. Desired thickness should be around .0005 to .001.
If the parts check out at the desired thickness, we put back in the oven and cook the harder metals for 1 hour at 300 degrees and softer parts 2 hours at 175 degrees.
After being fully cured and temperatures have dropped to room temperature, we reassemble all parts and let set for an additional 24 hours.
A Tried-and-True Process for Best Results
We have tested and applied this exact Cerakote coating process hundreds of time, refining all of its parts to achieve the highest level of precision and artistic impression on the guns we customize.
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