Diamond like carbon is a wonderfully wear resistant finish. It is also a very thin, very brittle finish. It does not offer the best corrosion resistance. And most importantly to me, it practically all but prevents future work done to the gun.
However, if you plan on no further work, like the color, keep the gun in a non corrosive environment, and are horrified by holster wear (99% of the 1911 crowd is) - then this is a great finish.
Every coating is a compromise. Everythin is a compromise. Picking the right gun/coating/airplane/Le Mans car is all about picking the best compromise.
Are there any issues with tolerances on bolts and bolt carrier groups? Would you coat just a bolt and cam pin? I have spare bolts and cam pins I'd like to get coated, just wondering about your feelings on this.
Thanks for any info sir.
Last edited by Serpico1985; 01-10-2013 at 11:38 PM.
On clearances, if you have something that is fit really tight, a thinner coating can be used easily. Our bath plates out at 0.00025" per hour. So, we can easily adjust the coating thickness.
But on MilSpec bolts and carriers, the clearances are very generous.
Bill - could you do a revolver? I've got a Colt Cobra that needs refinishing.