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Old January 8th, 2017, 03:52 AM   #1
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This has turned out to be one of my favorite shooters - a 3" GP100 that I Cerakoted black a while back. Here it is after I finished the Cerakote and put it back together:



After only a couple of hundred rounds I discovered the high heat, gasses, etc. from the B/C gap was ablating the finish off the end of the cylinder right above each chamber. Made a little gray spot you can see in this photo:



I talked to a couple of gunsmiths who work with Cerakote and was told this is normal and not much you can do about it. It bugged me though so I decided to polish the areas up (the gun is stainless steel). This has worked out well - the polished ends clean off powder residue easily and while the effect is a bit unconventional it at least looks like it was done on purpose and is part of an overall design. Or that's what I tell myself anyway. Here's a recent photo from the range:



On the last range trip I ran 100 rounds of 38 Special and 100 rounds of 357 Magnum through it which by my rough calculations brings the round count to over 1K. The GP continues to perform great and is a real pleasure to shoot. What has really impressed me is how well the Cerakote has held up against the typical turn ring. I'm used to blued revolvers where there's a visible turn ring almost right away, sometimes you already see it from the factory on a brand new gun. I expected the Cerakote would yield to the same result in a fairly short order but so far it hasn't. If you squint close and catch the light right you can see a very faint smooth line but you have to look pretty hard to see it.

So on the one hand Cerakote will quickly show the wear on the end of the cylinder above each chamber. But seems very resistant to turn ring development. I find that kinda interesting.....



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That is a nice looking revolver
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I feel like you wrote this post just so you could use word ablating.

Cerakote is tough stuff. It's holding up on my firearms, but it's intersting how it has held up on the GP.

Your GP looks good. I like the polishing solution.
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I feel like you wrote this post just so you could use word ablating.

Cerakote is tough stuff. It's holding up on my firearms, but it's intersting how it has held up on the GP.

Your GP looks good. I like the polishing solution.
I feel like you commented so you could use your new made up word intersting.
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A Very Nice Piece!
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It's a real word! It's a hillbilly word I learned. Also, I forgot to check my spelling.
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That is a nice looking GP. If I'm not mistaken, don't you also have a black one with the slab side polished or is this the same gun redone?

How is the Cerakote holding up on the top strap?
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Looks great. Bluing over time also yields at the same points on the cylinder, hot gasses and particles at high speed tend to that. The polishing solution looks great.

Thanks for the update
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Looks great, sir, and nice photos! It continues to warm my heart to see someone else at least acknowledge the dreaded turn-ring! Are you going to Cerakote your new .30 Carbine? And ... umm ... ablating??
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Looking good wave, I like it. First I have seen anything wear off a cerakote finish, that stuff is tough as nails. Makes me wonder what other parts will show that kind of wear from high heat, muzzle devices possibly?
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Good info. Thanks Waveform. The revolver looks great and is uniquely yours.
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The polished solution looks like it fits right in.
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Excellent look! I like the stainless showing on the cylinder.
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That is a nice looking GP. If I'm not mistaken, don't you also have a black one with the slab side polished or is this the same gun redone?

How is the Cerakote holding up on the top strap?
The black with polished slab sides and polished cylinder is a different one. The Cerakote is holding up well on the underside of the top strap with only a little bit of wear where you have the normal amount of flame cutting. I don't clean that spot as meticulously as the parts you see so it stays hidden. Same goes for the cylinder face. I do clean my guns (I promise) but this black finish is the easiest to get clean since the residual burn marks that are so obvious on a stainless gun disappear on the black Cerakote. Surface powder and soot wipe off easily with a rag and Hoppe's #9 or a Rem Oil wipe. One of the reasons it goes to the range on every visit is the easy clean up, plus it shoots nice. The action tuned up nicely and it's a real pleasure.
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