FAQ

-Can I ship my firearm to Schiwerks for cerakote or a custom holster?

Absolutely!  Schiwerks is an FFL, so it’s pretty simple.  A common or contract carrier, such as FedEx or UPS, must be used.  Make sure the return address is the address where the firearm will be return shipped to.  When the work is complete it will be sent back to you.   Check out Send us your Firearm for complete details.

Cerakote

-What is Cerakote?

Cerakote is basically a ceramic based paint.  After it’s sprayed, it’s baked in an oven, hardening it and leaving an extremely durable ceramic coating.  Check out our Cerakote page.

-How long will the finish last?  Will it scratch?

Applied correctly, Cerakote will last an extremely long time.  Years, if not a lifetime.  It is the best gun coating on the market and is extremely durable, but like any coating will scratch if exposed to harsh enough conditions.  Under normal wear and tear, it won’t be an issue though.

-Can you coat more than just firearms?

Absolutely!  We can coat anything metal, polymer, plastic, or wood.  

-Do you warranty your work?

You bet.  We warranty any failure of the coating: chips, flaking, cracks, bubbles, etc.  Normal wear and tear is not warrantied.  

 

Holsters

-What is Kydex?

Kydex is an acrylic-PVC composite thermoplastic. This means the material has the rigidity properties of acrylic, and the strength properties of PVC. The inside is a nice smooth shiny surface, while the outside can be any number of textures. Kydex has become somewhat of a generic name for plastic thermoformed holsters, and many holster makers no longer use the original Kydex material.

-What material do you use to make a holster?

Our holsters are made with Boltaron 4332. Boltaron is another well-known acrylic-PVC composite thermoplastic popular among holster-makers. It has slightly better properties of abrasion, chemical, heat, and impact resistance than Kydex. We choose to use Boltaron for all of those reasons, plus the added benefit of better workability, resulting in a better product in a more timely manner.

-Will it wreck the finish on my firearm?

There is not a holster out there that will not wear the finish of your firearm over time. That being said, a properly made Kydex holster will do a better job of protecting your finish than any other type. To prevent scratching from outside elements, you can easily clean your holster by simply rinsing it off in the sink with soap and water.

-Does Kydex require a “break-in” period?”

No. Your holster will maintain it’s shape from the day you receive it.

-Does a Kydex holster require any maintenance?

No. But as with any holster, we do highly recommend that the hardware is periodically checked to make sure it’s not loosening up.

-What if my hardware loosens up or falls out?

All of our hardware is installed using Loc-Tite Threadlocker Blue 242. If you notice that a screw is beginning to loosen up, remove the screw, apply a threadlocker, and re-install. If any hardware is lost or broken, please contact us, and we will replace it.

-Are your holsters warrantied?

Absolutely. All of our Kydex products carry a lifetime warranty. If you have any problems whatsoever, please contact us and we will fix or replace your holster at no charge to you.

-How long does it take to receive a holster?

In most cases, your holster will arrive in 1-2 weeks, but please allow up to three weeks for your order to be delivered.