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Old 01-12-2011, 20:02   #1
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Difference Between Parkerized and DuraCoat

whats the difference? im looking at a RIA with a Parkerized finish but my friend's got one with duracoat finish i cant seem to find one with a Duracoat?
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Old 01-12-2011, 20:07   #2
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Duracoat is a spray on finish
AFAIK, the RIA's are all Parkerized.
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Old 01-12-2011, 20:11   #3
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alright thanks his does say duracoat on the box tho?
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Old 01-12-2011, 20:13   #4
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could be, i don't follow RIA's and the ones i see are parkerzed
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Old 01-12-2011, 20:16   #5
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does the parkerzed finish seem to hold up pretty good?
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Old 01-12-2011, 20:16   #6
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jsut did a search and you are correct, they do have Duracoat RIA's.
the search also turned up issues with the Duracoat peeling/flaking off.
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Park is fine. if you want a tough finish, Cerakote over the parkerized finish. that's how Chuck does it, and how i'm going to do my TRP Champion.
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and this is from Ivan from RIA in regards to the peeling Duracoat.

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Please send the pistol back to us we will replace it. We cannot refinish it, sorry it may take a month or two because we do not make that many of them.
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Old 01-12-2011, 20:41   #9
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I actually put duracote over parkerizing on a hipower...looks good
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Worn Duracoat looks like hell.

Worn parkerizing is almost as cool as worn bluing.
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does the parkerzed finish seem to hold up pretty good?
Parkerizing is more of an acid bath than it is a "finish".
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Old 01-13-2011, 19:09   #12
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well got one ordered so don't tell me anything bad now hoping it will be good
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Old 01-13-2011, 19:39   #13
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Cerakote has proven to be much more durable than Duracoat. We apply finishes at our store and the Duracoat was not impressive at all.
Parkerizing is great for rust/corrosion resistance, but is very poor along the lines of holster wear resistance.
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Old 01-13-2011, 21:21   #14
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well got one ordered so don't tell me anything bad now hoping it will be good
I don't think parking is bad at all, to be honest.
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ill post pics up when it gets here
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I don't think parking is bad at all, to be honest.
I like park too. It's ok if it wears quick because it looks good with some wear and you can repark 4 or 5 times for the price of one Ion-Bond or Black T or hard chrome.

It soaks up oil and keeps the gun from rusting.
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I like park too. It's ok if it wears quick because it looks good with some wear and you can repark 4 or 5 times for the price of one Ion-Bond or Black T or hard chrome.

It soaks up oil and keeps the gun from rusting.
There's also something authentic looking about a parked GI.
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Park is fine. if you want a tough finish, Cerakote over the parkerized finish. that's how Chuck does it, and how i'm going to do my TRP Champion.
And you really have ot find a good refinisher who has done hundreds of Duracoat jobs. Otherwise, it looks like glossy sprayed on coating. Yes, it's thick and durable.

Can be done by the right person.
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