Kydex and finish wear

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    Unhappy Kydex and finish wear

    I want an MTAC but my smith has warned me of finish damage from Kydex. That pushes me into leather but the wait is rediculous.
    Does anyone have any pics of finish wear from Kydex so I can decide.
    Any written experiences would help too. Thanks. Sam.

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    Any holster is going to show wear over time, but I would probably disagree with your smith.
    A properly made Kydex holster will probably have less wear on you gun. A leather holster will, over time, collect grit on the inside of the holster. This grit will wear on your gun. The kydex holster can just be wiped clean. The MTAC is different because it has both materials, but has the smooth side of the leather toward your gun.
    If this is a carry gun, IMHO, wear shows use and that is not a bad thing.

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    Roger that Ront...Thanks for the info.

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    I am a custom kydex holster maker. I tell all my customers to use a silicone cloth on both the holster and weapon surfaces. Does wonders for reducing finish wear. The same would help with a leather holster as well.

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    +1 on what RONT said. ANY holster is eventually going to put some wear on your gun. Just get comfortable with the fact your carry gun is a tool, not a museum piece. Use it and it will eventually show some wear.

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    +1 for all - carry guns get used, no two ways about it. I like polymer/stainless for that reason.

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    Thanks for all the info members!!
    I find the way I'm leaning is totally supported.

    Thanks. Sam.

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    Pete10 how often would you recommend a wipe down?

    And, are there any caveats with the silicone and Gunkote?
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    I'm not going to lie. I think my HK is sexier with finish wear then it was when I bought it new.

    Granted a nice custom 1911 wont look to good with the same wear.

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    I worry about finish wear w/40XD-C, the finish is so crappy in the 1st place.

    I use silicone spray in all the kydex holsters and like the feel of the draw. Having said that-nothing beats a well made leather holster for fit & feel.

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    I like kydex (CTAC) because it doesn't sweat through, is faster, and when kept clean only slightly scratches a stainless slide. Beware the man with the finish worn off his gun from practice drawing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunthorp View Post
    I like kydex (CTAC) because it doesn't sweat through, is faster, and when kept clean only slightly scratches a stainless slide. Beware the man with the finish worn off his gun from practice drawing.

    +1,.. Wear shows use, use = proficiencey (usually)
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    Anytime you have 2 surfaces rubbing there is friction. Friction is going to cause wear.

    Kydex tends to contact the weapon in only a few places like the trigger guard. Leather contacts the weapon on the slide, dust cover, trigger guard.

    Properly designed and fitted leather will probably wear on only a few spots where it contacts the weapon for retention.

    Another good treatment for Kydex is Armor all, cleans the kydex and slicks up the interior. It makes the kydex really really fast.
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    More good info....thanks.

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    I wear a Kydex with nearly all of my carry guns. None show much or any wear. About the same as what I'd get with leather. Of course I never see any wear on the Tennifer slide of a Glock. None whatsoever. I treat my leather holsters with Mitch Rosen's Leather Lightning. That helps lower friction and makes the draw much faster. It's not needed with Kydex.
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