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Imagineering Finishing Technologies is an ITAR (International Trafficking in Arms) registered business also holding a Federal Firearms License. We specialize in production volume orders for OEMs and direct military customers. Imagineering does not apply coatings to custom, one-off firearms. This allows Imagineering to offer competitive pricing, often lower than the cost for manufacturers to apply coatings in-house. We offer several firearms coatings to solve wear the corrosion issues faced by firearms manufacturers. 

Cerakote™ Firearms Coatings
Firearm with Cerakote applied 

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Cerakote is a Polymer-Ceramic Composite coating that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers and wood. The unique formulation used for Cerakote ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness. Each of these properties is rigorously tested to guarantee that Cerakote products remain at the forefront of the ceramic coatings market. Cerakote ceramic coatings utilize state-of-the-art technology to out-perform any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real world applications.

Available in a wide spectrum of colors, Cerakote coatings allow firearms manufacturers to offer durable finishes which also differentiate their products in the market. Unlike many custom firearm shops, Imagineering is capable of coating firearm components at production volumes.

Dry Film Lubricants
Dry Film Lubricant Gun Magazines Dry Film Lubricant Gun Magazine  Cut Away Gun Magazines 


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Dry film lubricants (DFL) hold a number of advantages over greases and oils. DFL provides lubrication over a much wider range of temperatures and pressures, are more resistant to corrosion and chemicals, and they do not attract and hold dirt, unlike conventional lubricants. Additionally, DFLs are permanent coatings, which never need to be reapplied.

Dry film lubricants provide coefficients of friction between 0.02 and 0.08, and have a maximum load carrying capacity of 250,000 pounds per square inch.

Magazine inside diameters are notoriously difficult to coat evenly with dry film lubricants. Imagineering Finishing Technologies possesses industry leading, computer controlled technology which allows it to coat inside and outside diameters more evenly and to tighter tolerances than is possible for many competitors.

Due to these advantages IFT’s dry film lubricants are ideal for critical firearms applications where conventional lubricants are unsuitable or do not provide sufficient protection.

 Electroless Nickel Plating

Electroless Nickel Plated Bolts Electroless Nickel Plated Magazines 

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Electroless nickel is a popular firearm finish. It provides excellent wear resistance, with hardness ratings up to 72 HRC, on par with hard chromium plating.Electroless nickel offers greater uniformity than conventional electroplating. Electroless nickel also offers outstanding corrosion protection. A 0.001” coating thickness can exceed 1000 hours of salt spray testing.

Because Imagineering Finishing Technologies is also holds several aerospace certifications, it can control electroless nickel deposits to +/- 0.00005” per side, with no buildup on edges and uniform coverage on all surfaces of intricately shaped parts. Combined with some of the fastest turn around times in the industry, this makes Imagineering the perfect choice for electroless nickel application.

 Electroless Nickel Plating With PTFE

Breech Bolts Plated with Electroless Nickel with PTFE

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Electroless nickel may be applied with additives in order to change the characteristics of the plating material. Often applied to bolts, slides and other moving parts, electroless nickel with PTFE offers superior lubricity which can eliminate the need for additional lubrication on plated parts.

Electroless nickel with PTFE is quickly becoming a favorite coating for the firearms industry, as it offers the hardness of an electroless nickel plating with the lubricity of PTFE. This means Electroless nickel with PTFE offers excellent release properties. Like standard electroless nickel coatings it also offers outsanding corrosion resistance, perfect conformity to complex geometries, coverage of entire surfaces or only selected, crucial areas, and it can be applied to many common metals and alloys. 

Phosphate Coatings

Phosphate Coated Front Sights  Phosphate Coated AR15 Components

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Often called Parkerizing or bonderizing, phosphate coatings are “conversion coatings.” Unlike plating, in which a layer of metal is deposited on the surface of the substrate, during the phosphating process the substrate participates in the reaction and becomes a component of the coating.

The surface of the metal is chemically changed to a new structure that provides a porous, yet corrosion resistant surface to which the rust inhibitors, oils, paints, or other lubricants can penetrate and attach. The attachment site and absorption area are far superior to the base metal.

A popular choice for military weapons and AR type rifles, manganese phosphate coatings provide a deep, flat black appearance. Zinc phosphate coatings produce a light to medium gray finish.

Phosphate coatings offer greater corrosion protection than black oxide coatings, bluing, and other popular firearms finishes.