We put Cerakote heads-up against common finishes found in a variety of industries.
See how Cerakote stacks-up and is the undisputed champion of performance finishes.


Cerakote doesn't affect fatigue properties of aluminum alloys

Due to chemicals used in the process, anodizing offers a very limited color selection while Cerakote offers over 200 unique colors. Unlike anodizing that is known for its drastic color inconsistencies, Cerakote colors are held to a consistency standard of a Delta E of 1 or less. Cerakote does NOT detrimentally impact the fatigue properties of aluminum alloys while anodizing creates a brittle and porous oxide layer and tensile residual stress. Environmentally, Cerakote does not contain any heavy metals and is VOC compliant in all 50 states. Some anodizing processes release hexavalent chromium, which is a powerful carcinogen, into the environment.


Tested in The Elements

To show how Cerakote stacks up to traditional blueing we set up a 15 month time-lapse in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. Using two identical bolt-action rifles as our test subject, there was one clear winner: Cerakote.


The Ultimate Corrosion Test

We put Cerakote, as well as other leading finishes, up against the corrosion for the ultimate test. How long will these finishes last? Watch what happens and find out who Finishes Strong.


The Cerakote Advantage

When seeking performance, looks and temperature stability, there is only one coating that stands on the podium for all three at once. Cerakote's high-temperature coatings are the ultimate solution for parts such as exhausts, headers, turbos and manifolds.

Watch this amazing high heat resistance test video 


The Corrosion Resistance King

In a head-to-head test, Cerakote was put up against Nitride in a salt chamber to see which would be the most corrosion-resistant. Each barrel was placed in the salt chamber and after just 8 hours the Nitride finish barrel began to show signs of corrosion. As the test went on, it took a whopping 1,206 hours to show any signs of corrosion.


330 Times the Corrosion Protection

In a salt chamber test to simulate corrosion over time, Cerakote Elite outperformed PVD with 330 times the corrosion protection. These results also exceed military standards by over 40 times. Cerakote is a superior performance finish to PVD, at a lower price point, and is made in the USA.


Cerakote Elite Blackout, Teflon® Black 958G and Teflon® Metallic Black 420G coated bolts and hex nuts went heads-up in the salt chamber to see which would outlast the other.

Rust was observed on both of the Teflon® bolts after 24 hours in the salt fog chamber. Per Cerakote standard ASTM D610, the Teflon® Metallic coated items reached 3% red-rust and were left in the chamber for later comparison. At 48 hours, the Teflon® Black items reached 3% red-rust and were also left in chamber for later comparison. Zero rust was observed on the Cerakoted items.


We put Cerakote Elite Blackout and Xylan® coated bolts and hex nuts in the salt chamber to test who would finish strong against red-rust corrosion. At 540 hours, the Xylan® coated items reached, per Cerakote Standard ASTM D610, 3% red-rust on the body of the bolts and were left in chamber for later comparison. The Xylan® coated items were pulled from chamber at 1,871 hours due to excessive corrosion. At 4,000 hours, the test was concluded and the Cerakoted items had yet to reach 3% red-rust. Cerakote Blackout corrosion performance showed an 87% improvement over Xylan®.