View Poll Results: What is your favorite aftermarket gun finish

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  • Hard chrome

    18 32.73%
  • NP3

    9 16.36%
  • Duracoat

    13 23.64%
  • Cerakote

    1 1.82%
  • Black T

    7 12.73%
  • Roguard

    2 3.64%
  • Nickel plate

    5 9.09%
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    It depends on the gun, but overall I prefer hard chrome.

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    Hard chrome is considered very good but I like Duracoat for a good cost/wear factor.

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    Tennifer

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    I haven't tried all of them (who has?) so it's not fair to compare. However, I have a bunch of guns with NP3. I happened to take one to the range last month, a LW Commander that was one of the first pistols Robar ever did in NP3 -- maybe 20 years ago? (Don't remember exactly when they started.) It looks like new; couldn't tell the difference between it and the Springfield LW Compact they did for me last year.

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    For some reason, my hand sweat is more corrosive than that of most other people. Thus I prefer hard chrome plating.
    Nevertheless, my sweat even gets under the hard chrome in some specific places. Those areas get both hard chrome and epoxy paint.
    It works for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
    Boy Bob them sure are a couple of beautys you got there. Me I like the old deep blue of the Colts. I like a lot of whats on the list but would say Colts#1 with me. I know I am an old dinosaur.
    I'm with you Baldy, that blue on old Colt revolvers was thing of beauty! S&W also used to do a much better blue than they do now.

    One of the most beautiful finishes I've seen in a long time was on a Beretta Gold Rush rifle (their version of the old Colt Lightning) WOW, what a nice gun!

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    Bolt Rifles = Blue and Wood, AR-15 = Rattle Can, Pistols = Black and Brushed Slide, I just really like that 2 tone look.

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    I have no idea what the finish is on a Smith 10-5 I bought several years ago, but it's a black coating just slightly wetter-looking than a true matte--kind of a semi-gloss minus. The gun was great mechanically and I thought it would be good for knocking around in the woods. Now I can no longer walk the woods due to health problems, but that finish certainly seems durable.

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    I love 7.62's Duracoat finish... too pricey for me right now, but amazing patterns.



    Turn off the lights...



    Obviously not tactical... but fun and unique nonetheless. Too bad it costs as much as the gun, lol.

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    That's kind of like buying a camo knife--if you set it down, you can't find the damn thing again!

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    I just love the glow: It makes the camouflage so much easier to see in the dark.

    Oh...Wait a minute...


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    I had a 1911 done in "Metalife" a satin chrome finish about 25 years ago, it held up very well and to this day, but I don't know if it is still available, and if so, the same company and finish? Otherwise all stainless is the way to go, I prefer to polish mine to a "mirror like finish" except for the top, this way scratches can be polished out, which stand out like a sore thumb on a bead blasted or factory texture. As far as painted guns go, I bought a used CZ 40 P that had a few deep scratches on the frame, where someone couldn't quite get the slide stop in place. At any rate, I sanded down the flats of the frame to get the scratches out, which was no easy task, the original finish was really on there, and refinished it with black "Duracoat" using an airbrush, the gun now looks like new. The worst finish is on my S&W Model 642 which started to flake off less than a month after I bought it, they must have used nail polish, I don't know why they even bothered to put a finish on it, as I have other S&W semi-auto's, Model 3913 and 669 with aluminum frames and bead blasted textures, that to my knowledge have no protective finish on them clear or otherwise, same for my Beretta 92fs Inox. S&W offered to refinish the gun, but I would probably get the same crappy finish that was on the gun when I bought it, so I will refinish it myself with "Duracoat" which I've already used and am familiar with.

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    While not "aftermarket", my RIA 1911-A1 Tactical .45 came with a Duracoat finish, and I have found this to be a VERY tough, wear-resistant finish.

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