Cerakote Modern Tactical is a certified Cerakote Services Dealer

What is Cerakote
What is Cerakote
An overview of why you should protect your firearm with a Cerakote Finish along with its many benefits

What is Cerakote?


You no longer need to worry about your favorite bore scrubber or cleaner damaging the finish on your firearms.  Cerakote was tested by dipping finished parts in several chemicals ranging from gun cleaner, WD40, acetone, paint thinner, etc. and proved to have excellent chemical resistance.  Cerakote even was even able to obtain a good chemical resistance rating after soaking in a 5% Hydrocholoric acid solution. 

Cerakote firearms coatings improve performance and reliability over conventional finishes. This state-of-the-art coating technology out-performs any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real world applications.

How does it work?

The process begins with completely stripping the firearm down to all of its parts and cleaning any surface particles by degreasing the gun. The parts are then carefully sandblasted to remove the existing factory finish allowing the Cerakote to properly adhere to all the nooks and crannies of the item being coated. Once stripped and cleaned, the parts are then heated in an oven to remove any other solvents or contaminants. The parts are masked for any designs or patterns being applied and then hung so that they can be coated. Parts are sprayed at 1/1000th of an inch thickness, ensuring that tolerances are kept, manufacturer markings are visible and each nook that makes your gun, knife, or other item unique remains. After being sprayed the parts are then returned to the oven for curing. Once complete the firearm is then reassembled.

Why Cerakote?

  • The World Leader in abrasion and wear resistance
  • Industry leading corrosion and chemical protection
  • The industry standard in firearm finishes.
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Superior wear resistance
  • Excellent corrosion protection
  • Impact & scratch resistant
  • Maximum hardness
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Maximum flexibility
  • High surface coverage
  • Easy application
  • Air or oven cure systems
  • Smooth, consistent finish
  • VOC exempt in all 50 states


A variety of color and pattern options allow you to customize your firearm.  Modern Tactical has over 70 colors to choose from.  Pattern options provide additional customizing  beyond a solid color.  Our Cerakote Applicators can make sure you not only protect your cherished weapon, but give it the appearance you never thought was possible.

Why Modern Tactical
Why Modern Tactical
There are many options where you can get your Cerakote work done. Here's why ours is the best.

Modern Tactical is a Federal Firearms Licensed (FFL) dealer that has been certified by NIC Industries, the inventors of Cerakote™. Our Class I / Class III SOT license gives us the Tactical Advantage to do your work on-site at our facilities without having to pay additional transfer fees like many other Cerakote dealers. NIC Industries, better known as Cerakote Gun Coatings trains its’ applicators on the latest equipment using state-of-the-art technology, this hands on learning experience allows us to deliver the ultimate quality in the long term protection of your firearm or other gear. Our specialist has over 5 years of experience.

Corrosion Testing
Corrosion Testing
Lets face it! Protection is why you have your firearm. Cerakoting is one of your best options for preventing rust and other elements from damaging your firearm.
Abrasion Testing
Abrasion Testing
Lets face it! Protection is why you have your firearm. You want something that lasts longer then other after market finishing, and nothing lasts longer than Cerakote.


Corrosion Testing


Salt Spray (ASTM B117) Corrosion testing is used to evaluate the relative corrosion resistance of coated panels exposed to a salt spray or fog at an elevated temperature. Coated panels are placed in an enclosed salt spray chamber at a 15-30 degree angle and subjected to a continuous, indirect spray of a neutral (ph 6.5-7.2) salt water solution. The chamber/cabinet is kept at an operating temperature of 95F and fogging a 5% salt solution at the required 12ml/hr. CerakoteTM H-146 Graphite Black panels were checked for corrosion and specific intervals of 45, 160, 255, 385, 675, 1000, 2000, 3000 and 3500 hours. At 3500 hours CerakoteTM H-146 was not corroded. This study shows that CerakoteTM preserves the life of a firearm in a corrosive environment longer than any competitive coatings. To see the corrosion test watch the video from NIC Industries.

Abrasion Testing


Taber Abrasion is a test using a weighted abrasive wheel that rotates at a constant speed to determine the resistance of finishes to abrasion and wear, as stated by test standard ASTM D4060. Seven competitive finishes, including CerakoteTM H-146 Graphite Black, were tested in accordance with ASTM D4060. Each finish was tested 3 separate times in order to validate the test results. Panel weights and mil thickness were measured prior to the start of each test to determine a wear rating. A 1000 gram weight was placed on a CS-17 Taber Abrasion wheels as required by ASTM testing standards for testing finishes. Panels were cycled until the Taber wheel wore through the finishes to the steel substrate. Finishes that required more than 500 cycles to wear through the substrate were stopped every 500 cycles for the Taber abrasion wheels to be cleaned. Cleaning the Taber wheels every 500 cycles is a requirement to ensure accurate results. Once the Taber wheel has breached the finish, the Taber abrader is stopped and a final weight is taken to determine the wear rating for each finish. Wear ratings are calculated by taking the weight of the test panel before abrasion and subtracting the weight of the test panel after abrasion and multiplying that by 1,000. That number is then divided by the number of cycles completed before the finish was worn through. The resulting number is the specified wear rating for that finish. Based on ASTM testing standard D4060, CerakoteTM Finished Strong by lasting nearly twice as long as the nearest competitive finish and 24 times as long as the furthest competitive finish.

Hardness Testing


Hardness, or Pencil Hardness (ASTM D3363), is measured by using different grades of pencil lead to cut through a coating surface. To conduct this test, a coated panel is placed on a flat horizontal surface. A weighted trolley with the hardest pencil lead (9h) is placed on the panel and pushed away from the operator. The length of the stroke should be about 6.5mm. This process is repeated until a lead is found that will not cut through the coating to the metal for a distance of at least 3mm (this is the pencil harness rating). This process is then repeated until a lead is found that will not cut nor scratch the coating (this is the scratch hardness rating). CerakoteTM H-146 Graphite Black Finished Strong with a 9h hardness rating, the highest hardness rating that can be achieved.

Durability Testing


Impact Resistance (ASTM D2794) measures the resistance of organic coatings to the effects of rapid deformation (impact). Impact resistance is measured by placing a coated panel in a universal impact tester. A standard weight is dropped a distance to strike an indenter that deforms the coating and the substrate. The indentation can be either an intrusion or an extrusion. By gradually increasing the distance the weight drops, (1 inch at a time) the point at which failure occurs can be determined by cracking or delamination of the coating. CerakoteTM H-146 Graphite Black was tested to have an impact strength measuring 160 inch-lbs which is the maximum the impact tester can measure.

Chemical Resistance Testing

The ability of CerakoteTM H-146 to resist chemical attack was tested by dipping coated panels into a series of solvents to which the coating may be exposed during regular use and extreme conditions. The panels were placed in the solution and allowed to sit for 24 hours. Afterward, the samples were removed, analyzed and assigned a rank depending on the resistance to each specific chemical. The performance of CerakoteTM H-146 was classified as excellent for 14 of the solvent tests. This indicates that the coating was not affected following a 24-hour immersion in the solvents. The coating also showed good resistance to HCL and experienced only a slight change in texture after 24 hour immersion.

Adhesion Testing


Adhesion (ASTM D3359), is a test method to analyze whether a coating has adhered to a metal substrate. CerakoteTM H-146 was applied to a set of steel panels and a crosshatch pattern is made through the coating to the substrate. Pressure-sensitive tape is applied over the crosshatch cut and then the tape is smoothed into place over the area of the incisions. The tape is then removed by pulling it off rapidly back over itself as close to an angle of 180o and the adhesion of the coating to the steel is assessed on a 0B to 5B scale. CerakoteTM H-146 Finished Strong with a 5B adhesion rating, the highest adhesion rating possible.

Flexibility Testing


Flexibility, or Mandrel Bend (ASTM D552), testing is measured by placing a coated panel in a conical mandrel apparatus and bending the coated test panel over a conical shaped mandrel in order to assess the elasticity or resistance of a coating to cracking, elongation and/or detachment from the metal test panel in accordance with ASTM D522. The conical shape of the bending area allows the deformation of the test panel and examination of the elasticity range of a coating over any diameter between 3.1mm and 38mm in one single test. CerakoteTM H-146 Graphite Black was tested in accordance with ASTM D522 and exhibited excellent flexibility and no signs of cracking, elongation or detachment from the steel panel.

Frequently Asked Quesitions

Q. Do you do individual orders?
A. Yes, we take on orders of any size from manufacturing to a single slide.
Q. How long will it take to Cerakote my item(s)?
A. The average turn around time is 3-4 weeks depending on the order volume, complexity, detail and current backlog at the time of drop off. Times subject to change depending on backlog so please confirm at order drop off. MT is not liable for orders that take longer than the average quote. There is a 20% rush fee for orders that require immediate priority attention.
Q. I'm not local, but can I ship my item to you?
A. Of course! We regularly ship items all over the USA.
Q. What if it's a firearm?
A. Our store is a fully licensed FFL Dealership with SOT Class III license. We can receive any items you want designed, including firearms, and legally registered suppressors, short barreled rifles and shotguns, as well as machine guns. For all class III please send a copy of your Form 4 and/or optional 5320 temporary transfer along with the item. Return shipping would be individual signature required back to the sender.
Q. Why should I Cerakote versus Duracoat or Parkerize?
A. Cerakote being a ceramic based coating closer to power coating will adhere or "fuse" with the metal creating a bonded impenetrable protective shell with the substrate.
Durakote is best described as a lacquer based paint that doesn't have nearly the rust, chemical or abrasive resistant properties that cerakote offers. Durakote has the potential to peel under adverse conditions. There has been more than one occasion where we have redone a competitor's Durakote job as it simply peeled during routine cleaning.
Q. What does it mean that you are certified?
A. Certified means that the applicator has successfully completed and passed an on site training regiment at NIC's training facility thereby demonstrating full capabilities and knowledge pertaining all processes associated with multi-substrate application of Cerakote.
Q. Is there special dealer pricing?
A. While not always possible, we do our best to work with dealers and manufacturers in order to accommodate dealer pricing. Contact us to set up an appointment to discuss how we may be able to assist you and your company in this regard.


Pricing can vary for unique pieces and complex designs and patterns. Request a quote using our Cerakotetm contact form

One color, Two colors, Three colors
$185, $220, $240
Three color camouflage
Slide only one color
Frame only one color
Coat barrel and 1911 bushing
Matching pistol mag
Separate color mag
Rifle & Shotgun
One color, Two colors, Three colors
$200, $230, $300
Four color camouflage
Five color
High temp stencil surcharge
Rifle mag
Bolt/bolt carrier
AR upper and lower only stripped
A2 or m4 one color stock
Target adjustable magpul, etc.
Extra color charge accessories
$15/each color
Forearm non rail
Add $15
Disassembly / Reassembly
Add $50
Fn-Fal Hk
Add $50
Bolt action 700 only color
Adjustable tactical stock
Add $50
Bolt action tactical 2nd color
Add $35
Bolt action 3 colors
Add $75
4 & 5 color camouflage
$125 to base
AR30 and similar 338 etc
$275 one color
Bolt action mag
$20 one color
Additional color
50 BMG
$350 one color
Barrett 82A1
$500 one color
Additional color
Barrette mag one color
Camouflage surcharge for 338 & 50
Scope standard one color
Tactical one color
Camouflage 2 colors
3 colors
Acog w/BAC one color

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