Sometime back in 2012 my daily carry Makarov caught slight traces of rust near the hammer, that was because I used to carry it daily, and more importantly on my jogs wearing a belly band. The humid environment and sweat did it. No amount of sandpaper job and bluing would kill the rust permanently, until my friend suggested Duracot. I got it done on most of my pistols. While duracot is good and does give good protection against rust, it also wears off with frequent use (holster wear), specially in case of daily carry weapons. So this time when a dear friend Rotor, told me he had built a setup at home for Cerakote, I jumped at it with closed eyes because I had read a lot about Cerakote. Not only is it more smooth, good looking, comes in various colors but also it is more long lasting.
So in to the sandblast chamber went the 1949 Military Surplus Makarov, removing the old Duracoat layer. When bone naked it was painted in two tone Cerakote, and then put in an oven for about an hour for drying. The looks were amazing, the feel was smooth, and off course the gun came out more rust proofed. I was told the Duracoat takes weeks to dry off, but Cerakote takes an hour at most in the oven. Just see the pics, you’ll love them just as much as I do. Besides now I am thinking of re-lifing my old pistols and revolvers. Let me know what your thoughts on this 🙂 Cheers