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How much cerakote do I need for an ar 15?

Author Jean Porter

Posted May 28, 2022

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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.

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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.

What compressor do I need for Cerakote?

A 10 CFM compressor is needed for Cerakote application.

Can you do multiple coats of Cerakote?

Multiple coats of Cerakote can be applied, but there may be a risk of poor adhesion and flaking. Under coating can also result in the base coat remaining soft or tacky. If stenciling, the stencil may peel-up the base finish upon removal.

Can you Cerakote over scratches?

Again, this is a question with no definite answer since the scratches may go all the way through the which would make it impossible to apply Cerakote.

How long does Cerakote need to dry?

Cerakote needs to cure for 2 hours at 250°F or 1 hour at 300°F.

Can you coat over Cerakote?

Yes. For a tougher finish, it may be beneficial to coat over the Cerakote with a harder coating such as military-grade phosphate or silicon nitride.

How thick can Cerakote be applied?

Cerakote can be applied at up to 0.020” thickness.

How long does it take for Cerakote to dry?

Cerakote will dry in about 24 hours.

Does Cerakote have to be baked?

No, Cerakote does not have to be baked. However, we recommend oven heating as a final step to evaporate any last minute moisture, oils or contaminates.

Will Cerakote get rid of scratches?

Cerakote cannot remove scratches that occur due to normal wear and tear.

Is it possible to touch up Cerakote?

Yes, you can use the acrylic enamel paint as a touch up for the Cerakote Graphite Black H-146 coating. MyPerfectColor precisely matches the color and sheen of the official Cerakote color sample.

How abrasion resistant is Cerakote?

Cerakote outlasts the completion by a mile. All testing results can be viewed at the following links: ASTM Abrasion Resistance Test Results

Is Cerakote hard to apply?

No. But it is VERY difficult to sandblast clean and then spray paint. It's also quite difficult to bake without getting burned.

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