Okay, Better is relative. If you want to apply a coating that will be ultra durable, use Cerakote. But be warned, the more durable a coating is, the harder it is to strip, so if your one of those people that change their mind, and want a different "Look" all the time, it wouldn't be the best choice.
Duracoat is a Urethane hardened paint, pretty much the same as your Basecoat/Clearcoat automotive finishes. Fairly durable, but still pretty easy to strip if you want to change it to something else.
I posted this answer to the same question in another thread a few days ago....I have been duracoating for over 4 years and love the stuff, but started using cerakote 3-4 months ago and I like it a little more than the duracoat.
I do like duracoat, and when the surface is properly prepped and the duracoat is given time to FULLY cure (3-4 weeks) duracoat is a great finish that will last a long time. You can use it after 24 hours, but the guns that get to fully cure, have finishes that hold up the best over time. I have seen this proven in many of the guns I have coated over the years.
All that being said, I like cerakote better. It air cures in 5 days or oven cures immediately and seems to me to be a more durable finish to everyday wear than duracoat.
Duracoat has more color options, but given a choice, I will go with cerakote (and they are adding new colors all the time).
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