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Thread: Removing Cerakote

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    Removing Cerakote

    Maybe my Google foo isnít working, but I canít find reference her to removing Cerakote type comings. Is there a quick and simple way to get it off of a shotgun barrel(only?)

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    If applied correctly, sanding or bead blasting, from what I have read. Before cure, chemicals like lacquer thinner will cut it. I have only finished one gun with it so far and he does not want the finish removed, so I am not much help.

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    I bead blasted the stuff off a Smith 36 that I pickedup cheap. Missed a bit under the grips and did not notice it till the first rusting cycle. Best I can te, once it's cured it takes a mechanical process to cut it ! Good stuff, for paint.....
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    I have not had good luck with soda ash blasting. Haven't tried walnut yet

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    Well, I looked at the pictures again (Remington 870 bbl) and it looks like the steel was pretty badly pitted before being covered by XXX-cote. Stripping off the coating would probably just give me an unsatisfactory surface to refinish, so I'm giving this one a pass. Thanks for the replies.

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    I use aluminum oxide to blast it off. Drawfile off the pits, recoat it, and it will be good as new.
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    Yes Cera Kote requires an aggressive blasting media to remove. I use steel grit and the finish left on the metal is a good surface profile for recoating with Cera Kote.

    Once cured this stuff is ON THERE and that's a good thing unless you have screwed up the application.

    Best paint process for guns or anything you want to stay coated. Must be "force cured" in an oven at 250 F + for several hours.

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    I've removed it with 120 grit aluminium oxide. The same stuff they recommend to prep the surface.

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    Rumor has it our local Cerakote guy uses brake fluid to soften it up.


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