Which would you use?

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  1. tnxdshooter

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    Okay,

    So I have a buddy who has an AK. I believe it is a Bulgarian but don't know for sure as he never said. Anyways, its time for him to put a new finish on it as some areas on it are "in the white". I recommended he either go with park under moly or parked under cerakote. Which say you? Which would you do? They are both about the same. I have experience with park under moly and straight cerakote no park. I think either one will holds up fine for him. What say y'all?

    Cerakote over park
    Moly over park


    As far as internal parts such as bolt carrier, gas piston, hammer, sear, and disconnector, I suggested hard chrome.

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    No need for parking if you are cerakoating it IMO.
     
  3. David E

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    Parkerizing isn't that strong of a finish. It's better than bluing, but that's about it.

    I'd cere-kote in the color of choice and be done.
     
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    Manganese and zinc parkerizing are available, I have found that the manganese finish such as our military uses, provides the best finish. It also works well as an undercoat for sprayed on coatings such as CeraKote and as another example the DuraCoat. I would recommed both if it will be a rough service gun, or an older gun that bluing would not suffice.
    Parkerizing, or phosphate coating, has been used for over 100 years in many various forms due to its oil trapping, non-reflective characteristics when used in severe weather conditions, that is why I would recommend it as the base coating or even the only coating if need be. The finished color is dark gray but may vary based on the type and quality of the steel. Color variations can also be achieved by the use of different lubricants such as Cosmoline, linseed oil, gun oil, etc. Note too that Brass, aluminum and stainless steel may not be Parkerized.
     
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    Dictator/Cartel Gold Plating is my suggestion. :D

    In all seriousness, I would just go with whatever is easier or costs less.
     
  6. Sam1911

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    Park under another coating is a fantastic finish. Better by a good deal than either alone. Hard chrome is even better.
     
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    You can Cerakote over bare metal, but those that I trust say that a park basecoat makes for a much more durable finish.
     
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    The, place that would do it always zinc parks under their cerakote and moly coat finishes.

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    Only trouble with that is you can only get it in one color. CHROME

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