Cerakote Ceramic Firearms Coatings
Cerakote® is a ceramic based coating that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers, composites, hydrographics, PVD, wood and various other substrates. The proprietary formulation used for Cerakote Ceramic Coatings offers industry leading durability, hardness, scratch resistance, corrosion resistance, flexibility and chemical resistance. Cerakote Coatings are developed, tested and manufactured at their facility in Southern Oregon. Every coating is tested against ASTM standards, guaranteeing that Cerakote Coatings meet or exceed the industry leading performance results as shown on their technical data sheets.
The water transfer printing process is extensively used to decorate items that range from entire all-terrain vehicles and car dashboards, to small items like bike helmets or other automotive trim. Films can be applied to all types of substrates including plastic, fiberglass, wood, ceramics, and metal. For the most part, if the item can be dipped in water and can be painted using traditional techniques then the hydrographic printing process can be used.
In the process, the substrate piece to be printed first goes through the entire painting process: surface preparation, priming, painting, and clear coating. After painting but before clear coating, the part is ready to be processed. A polyvinyl alcohol hydrographic film, which has been gravure-printed with the graphic image to be transferred, is carefully placed on the water's surface in the dipping tank. The clear film is water soluble, and dissolves after applying an activator solution. Once dipping is begun, the surface tension of the water will allow the pattern to curve around any shape. Any remaining residue is then rinsed off thoroughly. The ink has already adhered and will not wash off. It is then allowed to dry.
The adhesion is a result of the chemical components of the activator softening the base coat layer and allowing the ink to form a bond with it. One of the most common causes of a failure to achieve adhesion between the two layers is a poorly applied activator. This can be either too much activator being applied or too little. Quality activator is one of the most important elements in producing a high quality, professional Hydrographic transfer.
Custom Glock/AR15 sevice and repairs
GCA is a certified Glock Armorer. If your Glock or AR needs service, repairs or custom work we have you covered. We offer a wide selection of factory and after market parts for Glocks and ARs as well. We provide ground up AR15 builds. Starting with a stripped lower of your choice and go from there. Whether its a precision target rifle or bush rifle for ground stalking wild boar. We can build you exactly what you need.
Cerakote Glacier Series ceramic High Temp Coatings
No other word can adequately describe the Cerakote Glacier Series coatings.
NIC Industries devoted over four years of research and development building from the world class Cerakote C-7300 Black Velvet coating technology. The Cerakote Glacier Series are the latest offerings in this line of advanced, ultra-high temperature coatings. Formulated to withstand exhaust temperatures up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and thermal shock from those temperatures directly into water with no adverse effects, the Cerakote Glacier Series retains their high-end, sleek finish in the most extreme environments.
Specifically designed for ease of application, the Cerakote Glacier Series are supplied as a ready-to-spray, direct to metal, air cure coating. Cerakote Glacier Series demonstrates corrosion performance exceeding any other high temperature coating on the market. The Cerakote Glacier Series are especially suitable as a decorative and protective finish on high performance parts such as motorcycle pipes and automotive head- ers where extreme thermal stress and extended durability are a must.
Laser Engraving and Etching
We can custom engrave or etch almost anything for you. Firearms, tools, and tumblers. Metal, wood and plastics.
- 2D Graphics can include various color tones and are popular on mag wells, slides, stocks and grips.
- 3D engraving creates stunning images with amazing detail, its popular on slides and mag wells but can be applied to most surface areas.
- Commemorative engravings can include monograms, 2D and 3D engravings and are popular for anniversaries, retirements and special recognition.
Frame Stippling and Silicone Carbide Texturing
Polymer frame stippling has become popular in the custom firearms industry and is now a service that GCA is offering. Stippling enhances the grip and texture on the frame by using various tips to reshape the surface of the frame with heat. It can be done strictly for the purposes of function. However, it can also be done for the purposes of enhancing the aesthetics of the firearm. Creating designs and patterns to make the firearm more unique and personal.
Silicone Carbide Texturing is an application with the same concept as stippling in mind, but using a completely different process. By using silicone carbide, commonly known as sand, you create a surface on the frame very similar to grip tape on a skateboard. Except there is no tape. It is permanently adhered to the frame using a epoxy resin. Using different material with varying degrees of coarseness you create the ideal texture for your firearm. As with stippling the silicone carbide can be used to create different designs and possibilities for custom work. Adding glitter to the carbide blend can have a unique look.