Would Cerakote process void the warranty?

Just ordered a two-tone Shorty, and while waiting for delivery I'm thinking of how it would be if customized to look like the prototype photos. Sanding the slide to have a brushed finish on the sides, Burnt Bronze Cerakote on frame, custom mix dark chocolate on grips and sights etc. I photoshopped a Platinum picture and really liked the way it looks. 

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Yum...very tasty but... It needs a polished trigger.

That coating will not void the warranty.  You have to have special tools if you want to detail strip the frame, tho - the ejector is the tricky one.  In theory, you could just remove the trigger assembly and lift mechanism and mask the rest.  I'm assuming Cerakote is paint.  Keeping the hardcoat anodizing underneath would be a good idea (I wouldn't strip it off).

That looks GREAT!  I've always liked the look of the prototype.   1 nitpic, I would order and install black grip screws bu that's a personal preference.  

KD

very nice looks rich

Arne Boberg said:

That coating will not void the warranty.  You have to have special tools if you want to detail strip the frame, tho - the ejector is the tricky one.  In theory, you could just remove the trigger assembly and lift mechanism and mask the rest.  I'm assuming Cerakote is paint.  Keeping the hardcoat anodizing underneath would be a good idea (I wouldn't strip it off).

Is that special tool available to the public, or it's your invention?

Cerakote is a ceramic based paint, so it has to be cured at 235 F for metal parts, and 175 F for polymer. From what I read, the hard anodization is not stripped when it's shot blasted with aluminum oxide to prepare the surface.

I wonder if partially stripping the frame would cause any changes in tolerances on the remaining parts due to heat. I wouldn't do it if they had to leave some sort of polymer/plastic in the frame and heated it up to 235 F. There are different versions of Cerakote, such as Cerakote-C which is cured at 1700 F to coat machine-gun barrels and etc.

When you see a desert sand/FDE finish from a manufacturer, it's Cerakote or Durakote or KG Gunkote.

Here is a link about the process:

http://eastonfirearmsrefinishing.com/Refinishing/Process.php

I don't think the temperature will do anything.  As far as detail stripping - the 1/16" hole for the ejector pivot pin would have to be plugged.  The anchor pin for the mainspring can stay there.  Removing the ejector pin can be done with a #0 phillips screwdriver prying against metal shim stock protecting the frame under the screwdriver.

So much temptation to personalize the XR9 with our own subjective artistry... no different than other hobbies. But with one major minor difference since I carry my XR9 and might use it, I'll probably lose it!

Gold plated  polished trigger and  gold grip screws.

I love the burnt bronze look! Perhaps Arne might offer a pre-purchase stripped frame for customizing like this. After cerakote or Duracoat, return frame to Boberg Arms for final assembly..

Why not?

I want to buy a Boberg, and the only one I can buy (and import here) is a two tone, and I would like to polish the frame.

So it is not a good idea to remove the hardcoat anodising? (I was thinking of a bath in sodium carbonate).

Thanks for your reply.

Arne Boberg said:

 Keeping the hardcoat anodizing underneath would be a good idea (I wouldn't strip it off).

Why not just look for the Platinum versions of the pistol.  It is shiny and appears polished.  Check Gunbroker.com

I'm in France, and it is very expensive an difficult to export any guns from USA.

There is nearly none of them in Europe.

If I had the choice, of course I woull get a platinium version, but the only one I could find (and able to import) is a two tone.

Hence the question about hardcoat removal.

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