XDm 45 Cerakoted to look bitone

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  1. jlh820

    jlh820 XDTalk Member

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    The only remorse I experienced buying my XDm 45 was not having fully considered the bitone before I put my money down. As a defensive weapon, I think all black is the smarter choice. That's why I got the black one. But after thinking about it and seeing all these bitones everywhere, I just got the bug.

    I looked into changing slides. I even wrote Springfield Armory and asked them, but they still have yet to respond. Meanwhile, I was still jonesin' for a bitone. I looked into hard chrome, but I saw that while overall, it got high marks, but some posts (not all on XDTalk) talked about the hard chrome being harder to keep looking nice.

    Then I discovered Cerakote. Durakote didn't ring my chimes, but Cerakote seemed to be much more durable and I liked the baked on process. I wound up getting my slide done to look like the bitone. I used Brushed Aluminum as the color. I started googling and found a reputible dealer local to me in Phoenix. He gave me a great price, at least I think it was great, and told me it would be ready in two weeks. Well, he miscalulated the time estimate. It was ready in two days! :D

    I discovered during this process that it's almost easier to buy a new gun than to remove and replace the sights on an XDm. He told me he could tape off the sights and I envisioned my efforts in bleeding edges and housepainting. But new sights really weren't in my plans or budget, expectially with the CTC LG-448 I'd just bought, so I told him to go for it. Damn, it turned out nice! You can't really tell they were taped unless you inspect it closely and know what to look for.

    He runs a small shop, but after this one job, I highly recommend him. He doesn't just do local, as you can see from his website. So, if you're interested in having your gun Cerakoted, especially if you live around Phoenix, check out his site. I'm not affiliated with him in anyway and never met him before two days ago. Just so's you know I'm not recommending my brother-in-law or something like that.

    As the Beatles once said, "I'm in Love With my Gun!"

    Springfield Armory XDm 45 4.5" bbl
    Hogue Handall grip sleeve
    Crimson Trace LG-448
    AGP +3 Mag Extensions (not shown here)

    ... and very soon, a custom leather holster from littlebearholsters.com

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  2. G-Weezy.45

    G-Weezy.45 XDTalk 100 Member

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    Looks nice. For that price of almost a new gun I would of bought a new gun.
     
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    1lowlife XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    I'd of done hard chrome (well I did) or nickel-teflon..

    But if cerakote works for you then my opinion is nill..;)

    Hope it works for you...:D
     
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    I am interested in this, as well. I wonder if the baking process will melt the fibre sections in my truGlo aftermarket sights, however.

    Can anyone comment on this?

    $65 isn't bad at all for this service, for just the slide, IMO.
     
  5. Quickdraw Limpsalot

    Quickdraw Limpsalot XDTalk Member

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    I'd recommend removing the light pipe from the sight if you have another section to put in afterward. ...In fact, I'd remove the sights altogether before coating, but YMMV.
     
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    agalindo XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    You remove the sights before painting and baking. You don't paint the sights.
     
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    FJ40Jay XDTalk 100 Member

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    very nice..i think i will soon match my dark earth frame.
    thanks.
     
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    Thanks for that confirmation.

    After seeing how hard it was to remove the OEM sights and install the truGlos, I'm certainly not going to be the one to pull them off.

    I should contact the aforementioned coating company and see if they can offer that service as part of slide cerakoat application.
     
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    Spooled XDTalk 500 Member

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    Man every time i see a post like this i picture my AK hard chromed with black furniture.
    Then i remember how much it is and decide F that lol.

    Looks good BTW.
     
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    slugger6 XDTalk 85K Member Founding Member

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    If it floats your boat...congratulations!
     
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    I so want to do this to mine, im looking at having springer do it as well as slide serrations!!!

    But I want mine done in OD green and black.
     
  12. jlh820

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    Price of a new gun??? It was only about $85 and I didn't have to disassemble the slide.

    I think there's about a $50 difference between a new bitone and black, but once you've bought it, you're choices are limited.

    BTW - I finally got around to shooting it. The slide action is so much smoother - a very noticeable difference. And after 200 rnds, it wiped off clean with a soft gun cloth. I cleaned it when I got home and found nothing remarkable about cleaning it. I used Hoppes 9, some aerosol spray gun cleaner and CLP on it. No smudging or smearing or finger prints. I finished up with a little 409 around the sights. It handled them all well, though it looked a little dull after first spraying it with the aerosol cleaner. But perked back up with Hoppes or CLP.

    Also, the brushed aluminum color is a tad brighter than the factory bitone, but I'm happy with the choice I made.
     
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    agalindo XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    Usually disassembly of the slide, including removing the sights is part of the price. Sometimes they offer discounts if you send it in already disassembled.
     
  14. Cajun XDM

    Cajun XDM XDTalk Member Founding Member

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    Very Nice!! That would look good on my XDM 9!!
     
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    Meh. Glad you like it but I prefer mine to be all ninja black. ;)
     

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