Why Cerakote®

Cerakote® Ceramic Coatings maintain excellent adhesion even after repeated thermal cycling. These coatings provide superior protection against corrosive environments and thermal shock.

When seeking performance, looks and temperature stability, there is only one coating that stands on the podium for all three at once. Cerakote’s high-temperature coatings are the ultimate solution for parts such as exhausts, headers, turbos and manifolds.


Salt Spray corrosion testing is used to evaluate the relative corrosion resistance of a coated part exposed to a salt spray or fog at an elevated temperature. The chamber is kept at an operating temperature of 95°F and fogging a 5% salt solution at the required 1.0 – 2.0mL/hr. Based on the ASTM B117 testing standard, Cerakote’s H Series exceeded 2,000 hours and Cerakote Elite series exceeded 3,000 hours.




Due to chemicals used in the process, anodizing offers a very limited color selection while Cerakote offers over 200 unique colors. Unlike anodizing that is known for its drastic color inconsistencies, Cerakote colors are held to a consistency standard of a Delta E of 1 or less. Cerakote does NOT detrimentally impact the fatigue properties of aluminum alloys while anodizing creates a brittle and porous oxide layer and tensile residual stress. Environmentally, Cerakote does not contain any heavy metals. Some anodizing processes release hexavalent chromium, which is a powerful carcinogen, into the environment.





How long will Cerakote last in the woods of the Pacific Northwest? Let’s find out! We took two identical bolt-action rifles and left them in the woods of the Pacific Northwest with a time lapse camera, to document the outcome. First rifle has been factory finished with Cerakote ceramic coating protection, while the second rifle has a traditional factory blued finish. The results speak for themselfs:


  • Just 12 days into the test, the traditionally blued rifle begins to show signs of corrosion, while the Cerakote rifle shows no signs of corrosion.
  • Even after over 15 months of being exposed to the elements, the rifle that’s been finished with Cerakote ceramic coatings has shown no signs of corrosion, while the traditional factory blued barrel has shown significant sign of corrosion.

Cerakote ceramic coatings provide the durability and corrosion protection you need with the color you want, making it the perfect alternative to blueing. For the best in corrosion protection, Finish Strong™ with Cerakote.





In a head-to-head test, Cerakote was put up against Nitride in a salt chamber to see which would be the most corrosion-resistant. Each barrel was placed in the salt chamber and after just 8 hours the Nitride finish barrel began to show signs of corrosion. As the test went on, it took a whopping 1,206 hours to show any signs of corrosion.


Cerakote Elite Blackout, Teflon® Black 958G and Teflon® Metallic Black 420G coated bolts and hex nuts went heads-up in the salt chamber to see which would outlast the other.

Rust was observed on both of the Teflon® bolts after 24 hours in the salt fog chamber. Per Cerakote standard ASTM D610, the Teflon® Metallic coated items reached 3% red-rust and were left in the chamber for later comparison. At 48 hours, the Teflon® Black items reached 3% red-rust and were also left in chamber for later comparison. Zero rust was observed on the Cerakoted items.


We put Cerakote Elite Blackout and Xylan® coated bolts and hex nuts in the salt chamber to test who would finish strong against red-rust corrosion. At 540 hours, the Xylan® coated items reached, per Cerakote Standard ASTM D610, 3% red-rust on the body of the bolts and were left in chamber for later comparison. The Xylan® coated items were pulled from chamber at 1,871 hours due to excessive corrosion. At 4,000 hours, the test was concluded and the Cerakoted items had yet to reach 3% red-rust. Cerakote Blackout corrosion performance showed an 87% improvement over Xylan®.



Cerakote C-series

Cerakote® C-Series Ambient Cure Ceramic Coating has been designed to protect both metal and non-metal substrates,  designed to withstand extreme use temperatures (1,800° F / 982 ° Celsius  )

Cerakote H-series

Cerakote® H-Series (oven cured) is the worlds leading thin film coating. H-Series is by far the most used series of the coatings, coming in more than 100 colors it can be used in a wide array of projects. H-Series is sprayed at 0.75 – 2 Mil thickness allowing to be used even in tight tolerance applications.