Can Garnet Blast Abrasive Remove Cerakote?

Many people ask whether they should use garnet abrasive to remove Cerakote from a firearm or other surface. The appearance of your firearm may be in need of an upgrade or you might change your mind about the finish you have and want a new one. In either case, you will need to have your firearm abrasive blasted to remove the existing finish, but what options do you have to remove Cerakote finish? Should you have it done by a professional or is removing the finish yourself an option?

At 10X Engineered Materials we see this question a lot so we’re going to provide you with some tips on how to remove Cerakote finish from your firearm.

Abrasive Blasting Options for Removing Cerakote

There are gentler blasting options that will put little stress into the metal but will remove most coatings of the coating from your firearm.

An efficient way to remove Cerakote without melting your gun in a burn off oven is to use a sandblaster loaded with an abrasive such as: Garnet , Aluminum oxide or – the best option – a superoxalloy.

Once you have finished blasting all of your parts it is a good idea to clean each part with Acetone and follow the instructions from Cerakote to prepare for the new coating. 

Conclusion – The Best Way to Remove Cerakote

Removing Cerakote from your firearm can be a hard process especially if you don’t know which steps to take. Choosing EpiX superoxalloy abrasive blast media from 10X Engineered Materials can help save you both time and money when looking to remove Cerakote. 10X blast abrasives have been shown to be cost effective and “clean” in many blasting applications including Cerakote removal. 

Currently, KinetiX and EpiX are available from abrasive distributors around the US. If you don’t see a distributor near you, contact 10X and we will work with you to get you what you need. EpiX abrasive, which is best for precision applications such as powder coating and medical applications, is also available to purchase directly from the 10X Engineered Materials website.