One of the most frequently asked questions on a firearm is should I get it coated first or should I do the engraving first. The answer depends on the results you prefer.
When I do the engraving first the end result is that your firearm will end up the same finish as the coating. That makes a very nice result and is the way most factory engraving looks............but not all.
This is a few examples of when the engraving is done after the coating process. As you can see on the red gun the engraving is done as a surface image and comes out bright white. On the green gun we have done deep engraving and the engraving comes out looking darker. We can make this black upon request. Both are very nice effects