Which Coating Option is Best?

Our bare steel products are build with the highest of craftsmanship and functionality. With an homage to the Golden Era of weightlifting and bodybuilding, many of these products can showcase their character after some time of use. However, some people may want added protection to their items, be it aesthetic, or simply for additional rust protection. Here we will break down the differences between our Cerakote and Hard Chrome coatings for your bare steel products.


Cerakote is a ceramic based finish that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers and wood. The unique formulation used for Cerakote ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness. Each of these properties is rigorously tested to guarantee that Cerakote products remain at the forefront of the ceramic coatings market. Cerakote ceramic coatings utilize state-of-the-art technology to out-perform any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real world applications.

Pros: you can utilize several different color schemes and designs to match your own gym

Cons: can wear down over time with use

Hard Chrome

Hard chrome plating is an electroplating process that involves applying a layer of chromium to a surface by submerging it in a chromic acid solution. Hard chrome plating can increase the durability, hardness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance of metal components for more effective use in many industries. Hard chrome plating creates a surface that is very hard, highly wear and corrosion resistant, has a low coefficient of friction, and very smooth and easy to clean. 

Pros: extremely tough and durable, providing a bare steel look. Coating is applied to both rod and pin for weight pins.

Cons: usually have a small uncoated mark from placement on pin during the coating process, but will not affect the overall appearance or finish.


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