The Difference Between Cerakote & Hydrographics

If you are looking into having your firearm coated in order to increase its durability (or even to improve its appearance), you have probably come across the Cerakote versus Hydrographics debate. It should be noted that these are two completely different processes with different goals in mind. One works to help improve the durability and longevity of your gun while the other is used more exclusively to boost its appearance.

Cerakote is a coating and finish hybrid that is ceramic-based. It can be applied to polymers, plastics, metals, and wood, and is often used to help improve the physical performance of firearms. While it is true that Cerakote is available in a varied array of colors, it is equally true that the finish is prioritized because of its ability to improve wear resistance, chemical resistance, corrosion resistance, and impact strength. If you’re looking for something to genuinely protect your gun from wear and tear then Cerakote is likely your best bet.

Hydrographics, on the other hand, is a coating process that can be used to leave intricate designs and patterns on a firearm. It can really take your gun to a whole new level and gives your creativity free rein to create something intimately personal and eye-catchingly unique. It is a great option for individuals more interested in improving the appearance rather than the durability of their gun. Hydrographics can be used on the following materials:

  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Hardwoods

Your design is then typically sealed with a high gloss finish that helps keep it bright, clear, and flawless for years to come.

The difference between Cerakote and hydrographics coatings and finishes and how they impact the reliability and durability of your firearm can be a confusing. It can be even more difficult to determine exactly which coating is the best solution to your needs. Why not reach out to experts for some help? At Spectrum Coating Enterprises, Inc., we’re happy to discuss your options with you and look at the pros and cons of each type of coating. We’ve dedicated ourselves to meeting each of our clients’ unique needs, and always do our best to ensure that every customer is a happy customer.