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#1 EHolm

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:24 AM

Anyone ever tried this? https://www.golfiron...erakote-ceramic
Was considering getting my irons blacked out and put some black $-tapers in them but want something that doesnt wear out after half a season

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:50 AM

Cerakote is not ceramic in the sense that most people think about.  It's not like a ceramic tile or a coffee mug.  As I understand it Cerakote is a high temperature powder coat that withstands high temperatures, thus the ceramic designation.  In my experience it's not very abrasion/chip resistance though.  I've got a motorcycle with Cerakote on the exhaust system and there is a spot on one of the head pipes that flaked off.  Before getting the coating done I asked the shop owner about chip resistance and he told me that's not Cerakote's strong point (read into that as you will).

Edit: did a bit of research and found that the Cerakote exhaust system coating is different from that used for firearms.  I believe those golf club guys in the UK used the firearm version so my comments about handing durability is apples to oranges and doesn't fully apply.  I'm still not clear how well that stuff would be on a golf club though.  Most likely good on a driver (other than the face) or a putter and similar.  Don't think I'd use it on the face or sole of an iron unless you are okay with it coming off to some extent.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 12:18 PM

Some have used it on putters.  I don't think I'd try it on an iron though.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 02:48 PM

Would wear very quickly as far as abrasion from turf interaction is concerned.
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Posted 13 November 2017 - 02:59 PM

I've seen a number of places doing a cerakote finish on steel shafts too, but I don't think I've ever seen on iron heads.

https://www.cerakote...m/resource/faq/

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 12:10 AM

I have cerakote on all my firearms. It is an extremely corrosion resistant coating. Especially with solvents. It cannot, however, take direct shots to the coating from a hard surface. Cerakote on an iron would wear immediately. That's why I chuckle when these Instagram club finishers are selling cerakote services for irons. Ridiculous.

That being said, I do have it on my putter. Blue metallic mixed with crushed silver.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 07:46 AM

OP, Google Black Nitride.  Best I've ever seen/used, other than the "black" chrome a few companies used a few years back.  Black Nitride is actually more wear resistant than chrome, and doesn't effect the "feel" of the steel.  I have a set of TM RAC TP Combos that I got re-done with this and they are awesome looking/feeling.  It does get a bit "silvery" on the soles/faces, but doesn't chip or wear completely off.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:03 AM

I've never seen in person, but the black chrome and satin black chrome that Tiger Nick Golf uses in their refinishing looks awesome.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:55 AM

View Posthalliedog, on 14 November 2017 - 07:46 AM, said:

OP, Google Black Nitride.  Best I've ever seen/used, other than the "black" chrome a few companies used a few years back.  Black Nitride is actually more wear resistant than chrome, and doesn't effect the "feel" of the steel.  I have a set of TM RAC TP Combos that I got re-done with this and they are awesome looking/feeling.  It does get a bit "silvery" on the soles/faces, but doesn't chip or wear completely off.
Are there different kinds of this? So far people seem to think it makes the clubs harder and thats a no go for me
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:58 AM

So apparently using this on irons doesnt seem like a good idea. Any good ways to diy? Who does good work except Tiger Nick and BOS?

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:58 AM

LOL..... Not gonna lie when I read the title I thought you meant the ceramic coating they are using on vehicles now days. I was like no way someone is trying that.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 12:54 PM

DLC is the best but spendy. I currently have a set of cally MB's getting this done and will share pics when I get them back...

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 12:56 PM

If you want a good iron coating that's thin and more wear resistant than triple plated chrome, go PVD. If some corectly, you'll never wear it out. I ran rainbow PVD irons on a range that was primarily sand, and just barely wore the PVD off the sole.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 09:19 PM

View PostEHolm, on 14 November 2017 - 10:55 AM, said:

View Posthalliedog, on 14 November 2017 - 07:46 AM, said:

OP, Google Black Nitride.  Best I've ever seen/used, other than the "black" chrome a few companies used a few years back.  Black Nitride is actually more wear resistant than chrome, and doesn't effect the "feel" of the steel.  I have a set of TM RAC TP Combos that I got re-done with this and they are awesome looking/feeling.  It does get a bit "silvery" on the soles/faces, but doesn't chip or wear completely off.
Are there different kinds of this? So far people seem to think it makes the clubs harder and thats a no go for me

I sent an extra wedge that I had had Black Nitrided to a fellow member here who works in "metallugy" and he did hardness tests on it and an identical chromed head, and found no major difference in "hardness".  I personally don't notice any difference in feel before/after.

Tiger Nick does do excellent work from what I've seen of his eBay auctions for "Black Chrome", but once again, it's chrome and will eventually wear   The beauty of Black Nitride is it doesn't wear that much, as it actually penetrates the first microns of the surface of the metal (can't remember exact amount) so it is not a "plated" finish that is adhered to the surface, but actually penetrates the surface and is molecularly bound.  Plus, at least for me, Nitride was MUCH cheaper than Black chrome.

Good luck with whatever you decide, and be sure to post pics when done!  I love the look of the Black Chrome better, but when you factor in the cost and durability it was a no-brainer for me, and I couldn't be happier with the results:

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 11:50 AM

View PostGTPL, on 14 November 2017 - 12:56 PM, said:

If you want a good iron coating that's thin and more wear resistant than triple plated chrome, go PVD. If some corectly, you'll never wear it out. I ran rainbow PVD irons on a range that was primarily sand, and just barely wore the PVD off the sole.
Man those look sick! Any place you can recommend?

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 11:51 AM

View PostWardonation, on 14 November 2017 - 12:54 PM, said:

DLC is the best but spendy. I currently have a set of cally MB's getting this done and will share pics when I get them back...
Isnt that what pxg uses in their darkness lines? Where did you get it done?
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Posted 15 November 2017 - 03:37 PM

I wouldn't get it done on irons in fairness. I had a set of cleveland wedges done in black ceratoke (not the grooves) as I had the wedges for 8 years or so and didn't want to change them really at the time. It wears on the sole of the club fairly quickly, especially if you hit anything out of a bunker. They looked amazing when i first had them done though.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 03:55 PM

View Posthalliedog, on 14 November 2017 - 09:19 PM, said:

View PostEHolm, on 14 November 2017 - 10:55 AM, said:

View Posthalliedog, on 14 November 2017 - 07:46 AM, said:

OP, Google Black Nitride.  Best I've ever seen/used, other than the "black" chrome a few companies used a few years back.  Black Nitride is actually more wear resistant than chrome, and doesn't effect the "feel" of the steel.  I have a set of TM RAC TP Combos that I got re-done with this and they are awesome looking/feeling.  It does get a bit "silvery" on the soles/faces, but doesn't chip or wear completely off.
Are there different kinds of this? So far people seem to think it makes the clubs harder and thats a no go for me

I sent an extra wedge that I had had Black Nitrided to a fellow member here who works in "metallugy" and he did hardness tests on it and an identical chromed head, and found no major difference in "hardness".  I personally don't notice any difference in feel before/after.

Tiger Nick does do excellent work from what I've seen of his eBay auctions for "Black Chrome", but once again, it's chrome and will eventually wear   The beauty of Black Nitride is it doesn't wear that much, as it actually penetrates the first microns of the surface of the metal (can't remember exact amount) so it is not a "plated" finish that is adhered to the surface, but actually penetrates the surface and is molecularly bound.  Plus, at least for me, Nitride was MUCH cheaper than Black chrome.

Good luck with whatever you decide, and be sure to post pics when done!  I love the look of the Black Chrome better, but when you factor in the cost and durability it was a no-brainer for me, and I couldn't be happier with the results:

Just happened to catch on a couple of listings on Tiger Nick's facebook page today that have black nitride finish. Not sure how long he's been offering that finish, but looks nice:  https://www.ebay.com...O-/232557602505

Looks like he also has what is called a 'gold nitride' finish that I actually quite like too:  https://www.ebay.com...0-/332445331250
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Posted 15 November 2017 - 07:26 PM

Google Black Ice Golf.

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 06:26 PM

I actually bought 2 sets of black chromed forged irons from Tiger Nick (Bístone J36CB & Mizzy MP-37). Have been playing the J36 off & on for about 1.5 years now and while the feel is a tad different than std chrome, thereís no difference in performance that I can tell (spin etc). And durability is very good for an after market coating.

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