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DuraCoat Durability Testing Results

DuraCoat Durability Testing Results

There’s a lot of hype out there right now regarding durability testing of gun coatings. While we believe that real-world performance far outweighs laboratory tests, companies such as NIC Industries, the makers of Cerakote™, have created a false reality where these tests have been given a greater weight of importance than we believe they should. Lab tests do have a place in our world, but we believe they do not recreate the real environments and handling that firearms will be put through and as such they should be viewed with this in mind. There is also the factor that these...

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Amy Lauer

UV Testing: How does DuraCoat® hold up to Sun and Weathering?

UV Testing: How does DuraCoat® hold up to Sun and Weathering?

It’s summer! Let’s take a look at how well  DuraCoat® withstands the sun! All coatings degrade in the sun. That is just how it is but some fair better than others. A coating that degrades from sunlight will not just fade but will start to break down which could cause other failures such as chipping or premature wear. UV weathering of a coating can be simulated by a lab test. This test is completed using ASTM D4587 standards. Basically, steel panels are coated and then placed in a light chamber. This chamber is filled with UV lights. The panels are exposed to...

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Amy Lauer

Is DuraCoat® actually Sherwin Williams Polane® T? Let the Truth be told.

Is DuraCoat® actually Sherwin Williams Polane® T? Let the Truth be told.

There’s been a nasty little rumor floating around about DuraCoat® for the past 15 years. What is this rumor? DuraCoat® has been said to be repackaged Sherwin Williams Polane® T. Could such a thing be true? Well, NIC Industries, the makers of Cerakote™, would like you to believe it’s true. They recently released a document with an analysis comparing DuraCoat® and Polane® T. In this document, Cerakote™ makes the claim that the “fingerprint” of DuraCoat® is “nearly identical” and has a “high probability that the two samples are the same material.” Unfortunately it appears as though Cerakote™ did not release...

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Amy Lauer

DuraCoat® vs Cerakote™ – Salt Spray Results

DuraCoat® vs Cerakote™ – Salt Spray Results

The results you have all been waiting for are in. DuraCoat® vs Cerakote™ in a head-to-head Salt Spray test conducted by an independent lab. Who won? Click here for our previous blog post on an independent Salt Spray Test performed on Cerakote in an attempt to duplicate their claims that it lasts up to 3500 hours. First, we want to explain a bit about how the Salt Spray Test works. Coated panels are placed in a chamber and a salt spray is applied until the requested amount of hours is reached. Failure is subjective based on the requirements of the...

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