EP.89 | What's Awesome About Cerakote?

 

 What's so great about Cerakote?

---> Superior corrosion and wear resistance

---> Abrasion resistant

---> Highly durable  

What is Cerakote?

Straight from the source:
"Cerakote is a Polymer-Ceramic Composite coating that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers and wood. The unique formulation used for Cerakote ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness. Each of these properties is rigorously tested to guarantee that Cerakote products remain at the forefront of the ceramic coatings market. Cerakote ceramic coatings utilize state-of-the-art technology to out-perform any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real world applications."

 

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Impressive Facts & Testing

To back up, Cerakote has some conducted extensive testing to prove their claims.  Below we have two videos: the first contains a 15 month time lapse corrosion test between a cerakote-coated gun and a standard blueing finish.  Pretty insane to see in action. 

The second video features a salt chamber spray test.  In this test, they feature a wide variety to see what holds up the best.  

 

Lasted 100X longer than the Zinc finish in regards to the APPEARANCE

Cerakote lasts 70X longer than other finishes in salt spray testing

 

 ONWARD...

Who is starting to use the cerakote as a barbell finish?  Here are three:
For simplicity, we'll focus on one barbell per company.

Rogue Fitness -- The Ohio Bar

---> 28.5mm... slightly thicker
---> Shaft AND Sleeve Coating: Cerakote
---> Tensile Strength: 190k
---> Bushing
---> Price: $325
 

American Barbell -- The California Bar

---> 28mm... smaller diameter = easier to hook grip
---> Sleeve Coating: Hard Chrome
---> Shaft Coating: Cerakote
--->  Tensile Strength: 190k
---> Bushing
---> Price $335
 

Wright Equipment -- The Next Gen Bar

---> 28mm... smaller diameter = easier to hook grip
---> Sleeve Coating: Bright/Black Zinc
---> Shaft Coating: Cerakote
--->  Tensile Strength: 200k
---> Bearing
---> Price $250
 

Special Note

Try not to slam the bar into the the rack after squatting, pressing, etc.  Doing so can smooth out the knurling on the bar or potentially even scratch up your finish.

What's that mean?  When a finish is scratched off, it exposes the bare steel underneath.  AKA no more cerakote to help protect against rust and corrosion!

Although it's not perfect, try to use J-cups that have plastic inserts to help reduce the friction between the bar and J-cup.  Steel on steel is no bueno.

 

BONUS

@asmanyreviewsaspossible goes over the Cerakote finish on the three companies above: