Custom Gun Finishes


Why Choose Armor-Tuff®

ARMOR-TUFF® Protective Firearms Finish was developed specifically for firearms use to provide a non-reflective tactical surface finish with optimum corrosion protection, abrasion resistance and enhanced lubricity. The low curing temperature prevents parts damage or warping during the finishing process. A firearm finished with ARMOR-TUFF® has the most durable, chemical and heat resistant, thermally cured firearm finish available.

Before a firearm is coated with ARMOR-TUFF® the firearm is thoroughly sand blasted with fine grit media, then carefully dehorned and every surface prepared by hand. Every carbon steel firearm is phosphate parkerized before we apply the final finish to form a bonding surface for ARMOR-TUFF® that increases durability and corrosion resistance.

A highly trained finish technician then sprays the ARMOR-TUFF® coating on the firearm before it is thermally cured. After the firearm is re-assembled it is given a thorough inspection to ensure the finish meets our highest standard of quality and ensure your firearms reliability.


ARMOR-TUFF® has a very attractive, non-reflective matte surface finish that looks very similar to an ultra-fine sandblast blue job. ARMOR-TUFF® is available in matte black, matte OD green, matte grey and matte tan. We can also do various combinations of these colors. Check our unique gallery (Link) for examples of different color combinations. ARMOR-TUFF® can also be applied to Stainless Steel and anodized aluminum.

Corrosion Resistance

ARMOR-TUFF®, when applied to parkerized carbon steel, will pass the test procedures for salt water spray testing without corrosion for over 3000 hours! Properly ARMOR-TUFF® coated surfaces will not rust when subjected to normal firearm use.


ARMOR-TUFF® provides excellent anti-friction characteristics over typical firearms finishes. We do, however, still recommend a quality lubricant like ULTIMA LUBE II (Link) be used on contact surfaces.

Fluid Resistance

ARMOR-TUFF® will meet or exceed 24-hour immersion requirements in the following fluids: aviation gasoline, hydraulic fluid, jet fuel, lubricating oils, paint removers, trichloroethylene, hydrochloric acids, hydrogen peroxide, gun powder solvents, common gun lubricants, strong bases, and numerous other chemicals.

Thermal Stability

ARMOR-TUFF® will withstand exposure to temperature extremes of +1000 degrees F to -250 degrees F.


ARMOR-TUFF® has a nominal thickness of between .0003" and .0009" unless a thicker coating is desired, such as on high-wear areas like a pistol grip safety or frontstrap. The thin coating characteristics of less than one thousandth of an inch allow easy re-assembly of precision fitted parts.

Finish Quality

ARMOR-TUFF® is applied at our finishing facility in Berryville, Arkansas, under the strictest quality control standards by Master finishing technicians and gunsmiths with years of experience.

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel not a coating but actual firearms grade stainless alloy in a variety of finish levels. Stainless Steel can be finished in a non-reflective, bead blasted matte gray or a hand finished brushed, satin silver finish. A Stainless Steel frame and black or blued slide is a classic 1911 color combination. Since the finish is based on the surface preparation of the steel, Stainless is easier to refinish than a coated pistol. Stainless Steel can be finished with ARMOR-TUFF® to lower a firearms reflective signature.

Aluminum Anodizing

A process of hardening and finishing lightweight aluminum alloy in an electrically charged bath to greatly enhance strength and service life over untreated alloy. All Wilson Combat lightweight 1911 pistols and AR-15 rifles are Mil-Spec “hard” anodized as part of the custom build process prior to ARMOR TUFF® finishing in the color of your choice.

Hand Finished Deluxe Blue

Conventional hot salts bluing gives a deep black finish that is applied by boiling finished carbon steel parts in a caustic salt solution. Our hand finished deluxe blue is applied to our polished carbon steel for a truly custom look.

Case Color Hardening

A special hardening process that can be applied to a carbon steel frame or carbon steel small parts to give the ultimate in a traditional, high-end bespoke look. The mottled, rainbow of blues and browns of authentic Case Color is a rare and appealing high-end finish for your dream custom 1911. Pricing and details on request.

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