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Cerakote vs. PVD/DLC Coatings

Cerakote vs. PVD/DLC Coatings

330 Times the Corrosion Protection.

Manufactures and customers alike demand the most out of their finish. Exposure to corrosive environments, wear and abrasion, as well as chemical abuse, takes its toll on parts and finished goods. Cerakote ceramic coatings are a premium upgrade and an excellent alternative to PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition), Ionbond, and DLC coating (diamond-like carbon coating).

Cerakote is the industry innovator in ceramic coating technology offering unmatched corrosion protection, and chemical and abrasion resistance, all in an ultra-thin film ceramic-based coating. Cerakote can be applied to most surfaces and offers hundreds of different color options. Cerakote is easily applied both manually and automated, in a simple, single coat process (no base coat or top coat required).


Cerakote's aerospace and military-grade coatings require no oiling and offer 330 times the corrosion protection of PVD/DLC while exceeding military standards by over 40 times.

Modified ASTM B117 Salt Spray Corrosion Test

Modified ASTM B117 Salt Spray Corrosion Test

Wear Resistance

Cerakote ceramic coatings offer superior abrasion resistance in a thin film coating, outlasting PVD - DLC in a modified ASTM Taber Abrasion Test by 4,500 cycles.

ASTM D4060 Taber Abrasion Test

ASTM D4060 Taber Abrasion Test

Chemical Resistance

Cerakote's extreme chemical resistance protects your parts even in the harshest conditions. Cerakote maintains its color and performance after exposure to chemicals such as:

  • Gun cleaners
  • WD-40®
  • Brake cleaner
  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Lacquer Thinner
  • Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)
  • Acetone
  • Gasoline
  • Diesel
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Paint Stripper
  • 5% HCL solution
  • Bleach
  • Drano®
  • Household cleaners
  • Disinfectants

Parts submerged in hydrochloric acid for 1 hour

Parts submerged in hydrochloric acid for 1 hour

Industry leaders choose Cerakote as an affordable alternative to PVD or DLC. Cerakote offers superior durability, consistency, color selection and improved turnaround time. Cerakote is made in the U.S., and can be applied anywhere in the world, making it a safe and accessible coating for any application.

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