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Understanding Different Types of Finishes for Guns and Stocks

When it comes to firearms and stocks, there are many different types of finishes available. These finishes not only provide protection but also impact the aesthetics of the weapon. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common types of finishes for guns and stocks.





Bluing/Black Oxide:

Bluing is one of the oldest and most widely accepted rifle finishes in use today. It can have a

non-reflective matte appearance or can be polished to a fine shine. When properly cared for, a blued finish will easily last the lifetime of the rifle. However, it is not as tough or corrosion-resistant as other rifle finishes.



Cerakote Finish:

Cerakote is made up of micro-grains of ceramic and comes in a variety of colors. It is extremely popular now due to its very good wear resistance and durability. However, it is difficult to put on.





Durakote Finish:

Durakote is a high-tech enamel paint that is not as durable as Cerakote. It is easier to remove and half the cost.





Dual Coated Finish:

A combination of finishes, one of the more popular being Cerakote and Stainless. Stainless is used on the sides, and Cerakote is used on everything else.



Hard Chrome Finish:

This finish looks like stainless and is very durable. It is good for water-based guns.









Black Chrome Finish:

This finish looks like the gun has been blued, but it is actually black. It is very durable and holds the finish for a long time.











Bluing Finish:

Bluing is the least protective finish but the most traditional. It is a hot salt and black oxide process that rusts the gun but keeps oxygen from reaching the metal.






Gun-Kote Finish:

G un-Kote has been around for a long time and is not as durable as Cerakote. It is easier to remove and half the cost.







Anodize Finish:

Anodize is the best finish for aluminum. Aluminum will not take a lot of coatings.







Varnish Finish:

Varnish is another widely used stock finishing material, with the best of the bunch being spar varnish, specifically the type used for marine applications.
















Oil Finish:

O il finish is a popular stock finishing material. London oil finish is one of the best oil finishes out there. It is very easy to restore and repair.



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Polymer Base:

Polymer base has come a long way and cannot be repaired or touched up.


In conclusion, there are many different types of finishes available for guns and stocks. Each finish has its own advantages and disadvantages, and it is important to choose the right one for your specific needs. Whether you are looking for durability, aesthetics, or both, there is a finish out there that will meet your needs.



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