Have you seen a Browning Hi-Power, Mk III? CZ's polycoat is similar. You can think of it as a type of parkarization, where a coating is applied over blueing.
January 8, 2004, 05:34 PM
You can think of it as a type of parkarization, where a coating is applied over blueing.
Well, that's not what parkerizing is. Parkerizing is a chemical surface treatment, not a coating.
1) Black Polycoat: This is the default option and the least expensive finish. There are several models that only come in this finish: CZ 75B SA, CZ 75BD, CZ 75 DAO, etc. According to CZ-USA and the anecdotal experience of CZF members, this is the second-most durable finish overall. It is susceptible to being chipped if struck hard enough. Apparently, kydex holsters will "cut" this finish, much as is seen on Glocks. Theoretically, it is maintenance-free, but silicone cloths do give it a more glossy appearance. Polycoat is a form of polymer plastic that is applied with an electrostatic process. Cleaning solvents that are not to be used on plastic should be avoided.
The polycoated CZ pistols are parkerized underneath. You can see it in the inside of the pistol. I haven't managed to scratch mine in three years. Good pistol.
January 8, 2004, 05:53 PM
Be aware that older CZs have an enamel finish that is NOT all that durable.
January 8, 2004, 08:56 PM
You don't have to worry about the poly coat. It's almost bullet proof.
January 8, 2004, 09:44 PM
Agreed,the polycoat is both tough and rust resistant. My 75B still looks like new after thousands of rounds,frequent carry,and hundreds of presentations from both leather and kydex holsters. My understanding is that it`s basically industrial powder coating over mil. spec parkerizing. Marcus
January 8, 2004, 10:58 PM
Ive taken the finish off of the guns before and it is TOUGH! At least compared to the blueing/parkerizing Ive taken off also.
January 9, 2004, 05:23 PM
I'm starting to like CZ's very much.
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