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The following should never be used to maintain a Cerakote finish and should not be allowed to come into contact with your finish: steel wool, wire/stiff bristle brushes, dust/dirt/grit, and other abrasive materials. Coated parts should not be soaked in stripping agents.
Special care should be taken with holster selection: there are arguments for and against each material, but the best holster is a clean holster. Some popular hard-bodied holsters contain metal hardware such as rivets/eyelets, and metal-to-coating friction will cause damage to the coating.
After coating, firearms have a break-in period of 200 to 300 rounds. During the "break-in" process you may experience sluggish slide return, stove-pipes, and similar "sticking" issues. This is normal as your firearm religions all paired surfaces and clears any excess material. After 200 rounds, field strip your firearms and thoroughly clean and lubricate it. A third hundred rounds and cleaning could be necessary on tight fit models. Following this break-in procedure, your firearm should be primed for optimum performance.
We recognize each firearm owner is unique-so are his/her preferences for care supplies and gear. We encourage you to embrace these preferences and view your firearm as a tool. With any well-loved tool, you can expect to see some signs of wear... but remember battle scars must be earned!