V&C Industries, LLC is a veteran owned small business located in Northern Virginia, and they provide a number of services including gunsmithing and Cerakote gun coating. I found V&C Industries on Facebook, and I contacted them about Cerakoting my Smith & Wesson M&P.
Since learning about Cerakote a year or two back, I’ve been wanting to try it out. I have some experience with other finishes, including DuraCoat (not my favorite) and Robar’s NP3 (highly recommended, but a bit pricey).
If you haven’t heard of Cerakote before, it’s a ceramic based coating that provides a durable, weather and corrosion proof protective finish that resists scratching, chipping, and abrasive cleaning solvents. The hardener and paint chemically bond into an ultra-thin coating that adheres to almost any surface.
Now I’m not a Chemist, nor do I pretend to be one on the internet, but my understanding is that Cerakote isn’t quite as good as NP3, since the former is a coating and the latter is an electroless nickel plating. Having said that, it’s a pretty tough coating, comes in many different colors, and is pretty affordable. Time will tell how well it holds up.
Smith & Wesson M&P
I sent my M&P to V&C Industries with decent idea of what I wanted – a snakeskin camo using Monderno colors, and in my opinion they delivered. V&C Industries coated the slide in Armor Black, and the snakeskin frame in Tactical Grey and Armor Black. Coating is preceded by blasting, and this also provided a little bonus – the frame now has a slightly textured (grippy?) feel that I love.
While they had my M&P apart, I thought it was a good opportunity to get the Apex Tactical Duty/Carry Action Enhancement Kit (DCAEK) and AEK Trigger installed. 10-8 Performance sights and a Storm Lake .40S&W to 9mm conversion barrel round out the changes to the gun.
The whole process was pretty simple – fill out an order form, approve the estimate, FedEx the pistol to V&C Industries, and roughly two weeks later, this is the result.
I love the way the M&P turned out, and I highly recommend V&C Industries’ work. If you’re interested in getting a gun Cerakoted, make sure you check them out, especially if you live in the northern VA area.
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