View Full Version : Kydex and parkerized finishes?
20th May 2008, 15:53
I'm looking at IWB holsters and Comp-Tac has geen getting good reviews. However, they are made out of kydex. Is there any problem with using a kydex holster with a parkerized gun?
20th May 2008, 15:59
All holsters will wear the finish on parkerized or blued guns. Some kydex holsters will wear the finish quicker. I've never worried about finish wear though. I think it gives the gun character.
20th May 2008, 16:07
What about wear on stainless with Kydex?
20th May 2008, 16:58
Halito, all. +1 to what garrettwc said. I will add that stainless will wear just about as much, although it isn't quite as evident due to the finish being the metal itself. I have a S&W 1066 that has some "melting" going on due to carry in kydex and nylon too. Like garrettwc said though, it gives them character. I have a few I will not carry because I don't want them worn. This makes them "safe-queens" of course. BTW, welcome to the forum pingpingping. Oh, this will be fun...pingping and now, pingpingping. Love the 1911, Germany (not East or West anymore eh?) and the forum.
20th May 2008, 17:23
Kydex (in general) is harsher than leather (in general) on the gun's finish. Differing degrees, depending on the Kydex, the leather, the gun's finish and the holster maker for sure.... but all will wear to some degree. Of course generalities are never absolutes. YMMV. And void where prohibited :D .
27th May 2008, 21:06
As far as Kydex goes it all depends on how well you clean your pistol. Kydex itself doesn't promote much finish wear, the reason kydex will wear a finish faster is when you insert a dirty gun into it the grit has no where to go. the Kydex is a hard smooth surface and your firearm is a hard smooth suface. the weakest thing in the mix is your finish, and therein lies the rub, pun intended.
If you're going to carry your gun, and practice with it, then just accept that the finish will wear off. In my experience, kydex will generally wear on your finish a bit faster than leather. The contact points in the holster will continue to wear on the finish until theirs none left. At that point just refinish the gun if it bothers you that much.
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