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Available Finishes

With the exceptions of parkerizing and Cerakote®, all our finishes are performed by outside vendors I trust and have dealt with for years.

Because of this, some of the finishes will require more time to complete due to shipping times back and forth, and the workload of that individual vendor. I will advise you of the vendors average turnaround at the time the you specify your individual finish, though this can vary.


Probably the most common and classic gun finish. Adds color (normally blue-black) and some corrosion resistance to carbon steel. Can be done in a satin/matte or polished finish.


Widely used as a finish on military weapons for decades, Parkerizing is a phosphate-etching process that produces a hard matte or dull dark gray finish that is very durable, anti-reflective, and possesses excellent oil-holding properties.

Hard-Chrome Plating

A silver/grey chrome finish which can be applied to carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum using an undercoat. Extremely hard, excellent at wear resistance, and very corrosion-resistant.

Type III Hard Anodizing

This finish is only available for aluminum-alloy frames. A finish applied to aluminum alloy which adds surface hardness onto/into the metal to protect against wear. Normally dyed to add color as well.


Cerakote is a polymer-ceramic composite coating that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers, and wood. The unique formulation used for Cerakote enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness.


This coating is a combination of certain polymers. The coating's uniqueness is its very thin layer, which provides the weapon with maximum protection without altering its internal or external properties. The coating is based on a dry-film lubrication which rules out the need to lubricate the firearms (except for the barrel bore), decreases the coefficient of friction between the moving parts of the weapon and provides optimal protection against corrosion and wear.

Robar® NP3®/NP3+®

NP3 is an electroless nickel-based finish for steel, stainless steel, and aluminum alloys that co-deposits sub-micron particles of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), otherwise known as Teflon™, with electroless nickel.


Roguard is a molybdenum-disulfide-based polymer finish specifically designed to provide lubricity and corrosion protection for metal components exposed to harsh environments.

NOTE: Whichever finish you choose for you firearm, the parent metal beneath that finish is still subject to damage if enough force is applied, such as dropping on a hard surface.

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