This is a difficult question to answer without knowing more about the specific project you have in mind. Generally speaking, however, it is safe to say that you will need at least 3-4 ounces of Cerakote for most AR-15 projects. This should be more than enough to completely coat the entire rifle, including all small parts and accessories. If you are planning on doing a more complex design, or if you simply want to have a little extra protection, you may want to consider using 5-6 ounces of Cerakote.
Frequently Asked Questions
How durable is a Cerakote finish?
Cerakote is a very durable finish. It can last outdoors in most weather conditions, and it is also resistant to many chemicals, solvents, and oils.
Can I Cerakote my barrel?
Cerakote is a paint/finish and can only be applied to bare steel. Barrels are made of cast aluminum and cannot be cerakoted.
How many ounces of Cerakote do I need?
To determine how many ounces of Cerakote you will need, first find the square footage of your project. Second, divide that by the coating coverage (ft²/oz).
Does Cerakote scratch easily?
One of the things that Cerakote coatings promise is scratch resistance. So far, test reports have shown that it does in fact offer good scratch protection for your firearm.
Is Cerakote rough or smooth?
Cerakote is typically smooth after curing.