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#1 Lloyd Christmas

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 05:13 PM

I recently had a new Limited gun built, and I need to decide on a finish for it. My initial thought was Hard Chrome, because I like a silver gun, and I use a kydex holster, and it’s supposed to be good with wear. Another option is gray Cerakote, and a race style holster, which amazingly would cost less than just hard chroming the gun. I know that cerakote and kydex are a bad combo, so that doesn’t seem like the route I want to go. The question is, for those of you with hard chromed guns who use a kydex holster, how well has your finish held up over the years? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 05:40 PM

Hard Chromed is extremely durable. I do not use a kydex holster for anything I have which is hard chromed. Just to throw another option into the mix, have you thought about Ion Bonding? I have a buddy that has that finish and it is the slickest finish I have ever seen, even better than hard chrome. Quite durable as well. 

 

I would not Cerakote any competition gun but that is just me. I just don't think the finish is durable enough. 

 

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 05:40 PM

No help on your particular question, but as far as the cerakote: the only wear on my cerakoted gun in a race holster is on the trigger guard (Evo grip) and a little bit on the bottom of the frame where it rides on the magnets. 


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Posted 25 August 2018 - 06:17 PM

And to echo Gooldy, the only wear on my cerakoted production guns is the corners of the slide and the triggerguard where fhe kydex pinches tightly to retain it.
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Posted 25 August 2018 - 06:27 PM

Anodizing? Although I suppose the reason no one does it is because the extra thickness has to be accounted for. Comes in a hell of a lot of flavors and can be pretty durable

Although maybe not the best for a comp gun that sees heavier use.

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 07:47 PM

Anodizing? Although I suppose the reason no one does it is because the extra thickness has to be accounted for. Comes in a hell of a lot of flavors and can be pretty durable

Although maybe not the best for a comp gun that sees heavier use.

Can you anodize steel? I didn't think that was possible.



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Posted 25 August 2018 - 08:05 PM

Can you anodize steel? I didn't think that was possible.


Definitely can anodize stainless. However, maybe a pistol slide would be too high carbon to properly anodize. Would possibly have to plated first with a more receptive metal, like zinc.

#8 dansedgli

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 10:28 PM

A mate borrowed my cerakoted gun for 1 match and used a kydex holster. It was worn around the muzzle afterwards.

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Posted 26 August 2018 - 08:20 AM

Hard Chrome is the tits. Ion deposition sounds good, but is it shiny like HC?
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#10 Stranger Danger

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Posted 26 August 2018 - 08:39 AM

Cerakote is a glorified paint. It wears easily. I know this because I cerakote my guns all the time. It’s not a bad deal if you are doing it yourself. I vote hard chrome
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Posted 26 August 2018 - 02:22 PM

Hard Chrome is dope. I'll be refinishing my S2s with hard chrome when the time comes, mostly because the all silver look is baller as fuck.
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Posted 26 August 2018 - 02:41 PM

I have had fully hard chromed guns and those with HC frames and blued slides. The HC barely wears, mostly internally (slide to frame contact points get shiny). The bottom of my 2011 dust covers got shiny from my Ghost holster. I imagine a Kydex holster would wear it similarly at contact points.

 

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Posted 26 August 2018 - 04:19 PM

I bought my second S2 used....the black slide with the tan ceracote frame. Ceracote was peeling off on trigger guard and rail. I just sent it to ROBAR for NP3 plus finish on everything but the controls and sights. I'll post up pics when I get it back in October.

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Posted 26 August 2018 - 08:15 PM

Ion bond FTW, not HC shiny though, mine is black, dont know if there are other options



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Posted 27 August 2018 - 07:28 PM

Chrome is good to go. 

I'm regretting cerakoting my s2. Should have just had it re-chrome.

 

It did start to show some wear after 5+ years of us, mostly from me neglecting it.  Chrome is not rust proof :P 



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Posted 27 August 2018 - 09:19 PM

bottom gun is 6+ years old, always from kydex and has been my main gun

Hardchrome from Metaloy

 

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 09:29 PM

bottom gun is a brush hardchrome, the other is a flat hardchrome

these pictures are 4 years old

 

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And this is how they look right now, the one was refinished in brushed so they would match, it is over 3 years old.

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You can see a little "bright spot" on the slide

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#18 MEISTERB

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 12:28 PM

Here is the NP3 PLUS from ROBAR....two week turn around and it looks GREATPosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 01:05 PM

Here is the NP3 PLUS from ROBAR....two week turn around and it looks GREAT


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Posted 30 August 2018 - 01:59 PM

Here is the NP3 PLUS from ROBAR....two week turn around and it looks GREAT

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