Hello all, I am new to the forums and have some questions about the AK finishing world. I have recently been introduced to the world of AK metal finishing by a customer. Here to now, I have generally worked with factory commercial guns and I have avoided military variants. I do have some experience in handling and shooting AK's; Although not enough experience to be able to discern the finer points. My questions to the forum are: Are AK shooters as a group, looking for authentic reproduction finishes, example bluing and how "shiny"? Parkerizing and is it an authentic finish? Do you not care as long as it is very durable, example Parkerize under Cerakote. Or is it generally just up to an individual? As far as spray finishes, is there a favorite (Gunkote, Dura/Cera Kote Krylon)?