10% discount for all Military | LEO | First Responders
10% discount for all Military | LEO | First Responders
Cerakote is a Polymer-Ceramic Composite coating that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers and wood. The unique formulation used for Cerakote ceramic 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 to guarantee that Cerakote products remain at the forefront of the ceramic coatings market. Cerakote ceramic coatings utilize state-of-the-art technology to out-perform any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real world applications.
The process involves complete disassembly of your firearm or other project – detailed strip. All parts are then acetone soaked for 20-30 minutes and hung to allow parts to air dry. Polymer or plastic parts are not soaked and are thoroughly wiped/degreased to avoid damaging the parts. The next process involves media blasting to ensure proper surface adhesion. Parts are plugged or masked where media blasting is not wanted and placed into the blast cabinet at varying pressures depending on the material type. High tolerance areas are not blasted or coated. All parts are then racked accordingly. After racking, all parts are baked (Gas Out) for 60 minutes – this gassing out process will evaporate any remaining moisture and solvents and bring any remaining oils to the surface. This process may be repeated as necessary. All parts are then hung to allow cooling and the coating process begins. All parts are coated utilizing an HVLP sprayer or Air Brush at a thickness of 0.0005” – 0.001”. Once are parts are coated they are hung for about 15 minutes and then placed into the oven for final curing 1-2 hours depending on the material. Once the baking is complete, all parts are hung to allow cooling and once cooled, all parts are then reassembled for the complete project. All parts receiving stencil graphics or multiple colors require additional steps to Flash Cure (oven bake) for about 8 minutes after the initial base color and with each color applied. Once all colors or techniques are applied, the parts return to the oven for the final curing as noted above.
Please allow up to 2-3 weeks to complete your firearm after drop off at our shop. This may vary depending on other projects in progress and/or if your project requires stencil work or other application technique. We keep a wide selection of colors in stock, but if we do not have a specific color in stock, an additional week may be needed for ordering. We strive to complete all work within this time frame. Please Contact Us and let us know your specific application needs and we can provide a more specific time for completion.
Yes, if not already completed at the time of drop off. All firearms and parts will need to be completely disassembled prior to the coating process. This includes all pins, screws, springs, internal components, sights, etc. You can perform this yourself or have us strip down your firearm for an additional fee noted in our pricing guide.
Cerakote is the most durable sprayed on coating in the market today. Normal wear will occur in high friction areas, but will last if taken care of and not abused. Several firearm manufacturers utilize Cerakote from the factory including Sig Sauer and LWRC to name a few. We cannot provide the durability response any better than direct testing performed by NIC Cerakote. Please click the Cerakote Testing link for more detailed information with all related videos.
Yes, Cerakote is not affected by use of your current solvents or other industry cleaning products
Your item(s) will be professionally finished by Three Oaks Cerakote with the very best care and quality. We provide a one-year warranty against any defects in the workmanship of the Cerakote coating application to include; blemishes, cracking, chipping, peeling and flaking of the baked on finish to the original customer/owner of the item. However, with prolonged use, you’re coating will wear just as other manufacturer coatings or manufacturer applied Cerakote. This warranty will not cover normal wear and tear of the item(s), which includes rail attachment scarring or markings as a direct result of the attached product used by the customer. This warranty does not cover any damage, due to alteration or abuse to the finish from neglect or accident, or other misuse by the customer. This warranty also will not cover damage incurred from gunsmithing performed by another service provider or from improper disassembly. This warranty covers the Cerakote as applied by Three Oaks Cerakote only and we reserve the right to examine the item(s) prior to warranty acceptance. We will not take responsibility for any issues encountered by other companies who may have made the same claims. We cannot guarantee the work of other Cerakote applicators as we take pride in our overall process and experience as well as quality assurance program to ensure we exceed your expectations that other services may not achieve. Our goal is to ensure your satisfaction with every experience.
If you’re coating chips, cracks, peels or flakes during the warranty period, your options are limited to a free refinishing of your item(s) by Three Oaks Cerakote. In the event of a warranty issue and shipping is required, please contact Three Oaks Cerakote prior to shipping your item(s) for shipping instructions. Return shipping is at the cost of, and the responsibility of, the customer.
Please see the attached Safety Data Sheets below for the Cerakote products used.