Thursday, January 14, 2016

Is DuraCoat® actually Sherwin Williams Polane® T? Let the Truth be told.



There’s been a nasty little rumor floating around about DuraCoat® for the past 15 years. What is this rumor? DuraCoat® has been said to be repackaged Sherwin Williams Polane® T. Could such a thing be true? Well, NIC Industries, the makers of Cerakote™, would like you to believe it’s true. They recently released a document with an analysis comparing DuraCoat® and Polane® T.

In this document, Cerakote™ makes the claim that the “fingerprint” of DuraCoat® is “nearly identical” and has a “high probability that the two samples are the same material.” Unfortunately it appears as though Cerakote™ did not release the entire lab report and only released a document they created in-house with the lab’s graphs, which leaves many questions unanswered. You can see this document by clicking here.



Is DuraCoat® just repackaged Polane® T? Of course not. That would be ridiculous and easily identifiable to anyone who has used that coating. What is true is that DuraCoat® is a two-part, air-cured urethane. Sherwin Williams Polane® T is also a two-part, air-cured urethane. Urethanes have similar components and similar compositions. That’s what makes them urethanes. Certain chemicals and certain ingredients create certain types of coatings. What makes urethane coatings different from each other is the exact composition, the percentage of each ingredient, additional ingredients to change certain properties of the coating, the order of the steps taken during manufacture, and a multitude of other things.

Many coating manufacturers create urethanes and they will obviously show similar results when compared using the FTIR analysis, but they will have subtle differences. The results released by Cerakote™ show that DuraCoat® and Polane® T are similar, as would be expected, but also that they are clearly different.

 This “fingerprint” discussion is interesting when you apply it to the FTIR analysis we had an independent lab conduct on Cerakote™ H-Series. The lab’s analysis found that Cerakote’s “fingerprint” was nearly identical to the “fingerprint” of an epoxy coating. DuraCoat® tested similar to a urethane coating, because it is a urethane coating. That is in stark contrast to Cerakote™ testing most similar to an epoxy when they claim it is ceramic-based. You can read the blog post and view the entire lab analysis on Cerakote™ by clicking here.

If you go to a Sherwin Williams store, purchase Polane® T, and spray it on your gun, it will not be the same as applying DuraCoat®.  It will not have the same user-friendly characteristics that DuraCoat® is known for. It won’t smell the same, it won’t look the same, it won’t spray the same.  It won’t be available in specialty colors such as fluorescents or metallics. You won’t have options such as DuraPearl or DuraVelvet Top Coat, or find products such as DuraBlue™ Spray-On Bluing. And, it most definitely will not be available in an aerosol.

A lab test showing that the chemicals appear similar between the two only shows that DuraCoat® is a urethane, which we have never claimed otherwise. This recent release of information is just another marketing ploy by a company that continuously reports unrepeatable testing results and makes unsubstantiated claims in an attempt to make their product appear better than ours. It is as simple as that. 




10 comments:

  1. We are pleased with Duracoat. When you apply the coating properly, the results are excellent. We started many years ago using hot caustic bluing of firearms. We have tried all of the other spray on finishes that are available. We have had the best results with Duracoat. The science is sound and our results are great.

    We are especially pleased with the DuraBlue and will probably never fire up the tanks again.

    Great job Lauer's!

    John Buethe
    Cal Armory, LLC

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    1. Thanks for your continued support John! We appreciate it!

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  2. I currently made my first duracoat purchase to do a couple custom guns and some parts. First thing I noticed was how slick the SL is (unreal product folks)
    We assembled some parts 48 hours after spray and was amazed that nothing scratched from tool use. I dontvteally care what it's made of! It works and we will use it from here on out. Its easier to apply, it's available in more colors and the versatility is mind blowing!

    Duracoat is the shiznit!

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    1. Thanks for your wonderful comment Kris! We appreciate the support.

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  3. I currently made my first duracoat purchase to do a couple custom guns and some parts. First thing I noticed was how slick the SL is (unreal product folks)
    We assembled some parts 48 hours after spray and was amazed that nothing scratched from tool use. I dontvteally care what it's made of! It works and we will use it from here on out. Its easier to apply, it's available in more colors and the versatility is mind blowing!

    Duracoat is the shiznit!

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  4. Why can't people just celebrate the winner and maybe work a little harder to catch up instead of always trying to win with smoke a mirrors?? Cerakote isn't as good. Period. Make a better product or take up knitting. Stop bashing Duracoat. Great product

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  5. Okay. I've never applied cerakote but I do have a gun in cerakote. Upon putting the trigger back on and the stock on there was 4 or 5 scratches down the the metal just from the installation. I wanted to cerakote guns but did not have an over so I got an air compressor and airbrush. No training. Little painting experience. I tried it out on a 22 and after putting it together and everything NO SCRATCHES. What is the point in a coating that will scratch before you even get your gun together. Duracoat is very easy to apply with a little research and doesn't chip like cerakote. I also called their customer service a few times and duracoat was more than happy to help with any questions I had. Amazing product that you just can't beat.

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  6. Okay. I've never applied cerakote but I do have a gun in cerakote. Upon putting the trigger back on and the stock on there was 4 or 5 scratches down the the metal just from the installation. I wanted to cerakote guns but did not have an over so I got an air compressor and airbrush. No training. Little painting experience. I tried it out on a 22 and after putting it together and everything NO SCRATCHES. What is the point in a coating that will scratch before you even get your gun together. Duracoat is very easy to apply with a little research and doesn't chip like cerakote. I also called their customer service a few times and duracoat was more than happy to help with any questions I had. Amazing product that you just can't beat.

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  7. Been using Duracoat for 5 years now. Never went to your university ( wish I could ) but have painted many vehicles in the past so I am very familiar with a paint gun.I have painted probably 30 Firearms with your product and have had fantastic results and only a couple issues(user error). Love the product and customer service is top notch! Keep up the good R&D and keep putting out the best product.

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