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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:25 am    Post subject: Anyone tried anodizing at home?

It seems a good bet that some of you guys do it. I would like to try it, mainly to see what happens. I stupidly scratched my CP reg and now that I am getting my Promaster going again, I would like to stick it on there, but I cannot abide the scratches.

I have some battery acid that came with a mower battery that I bought, so I think it is enough to do small parts such as a reg. My questions:

What is the best way to strip the old anno? Some say draino, but that sounds a little harsh to me.

If I use black Rit dye, will I get the black glossy finish?

Any tips or tricks?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:34 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried anodizing at home?

I have the stuff to do it, havent set it up though. The stuff is nasty = lots of acids! - No you cant get good results with rit or battery chargers. To get repeatable profesional results you will probably spend $700 minumum. Someone like Acidrain probably has 2k-3k in his hobby setup. You would be better off just PMing Rick (acidrain) on PBN.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:39 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried anodizing at home?

I looked at doing it, but to get a good setup would be a little more cost prohibitive than I would like and there are some chemicals you cannot import into Canada as an individual, so it becomes a problem sourcing them.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:50 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried anodizing at home?

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I have the stuff to do it, havent set it up though. The stuff is nasty = lots of acids! - No you cant get good results with rit or battery chargers. To get repeatable profesional results you will probably spend $700 minumum. Someone like Acidrain probably has 2k-3k in his hobby setup. You would be better off just PMing Rick (acidrain) on PBN.

Holy moley, $700!! Maybe those scratches aren't that bad after all. Being the hard head that I am, I may try it anyway. Even if it does not come out so hot, it probably will not look much worse than it does now. At least it should still work (I THINK??). If not, I will just have to get a new reg or use the stock one. I don't think I would ever attempt anything valuable like a whole gun.

I am an incurable tinkerer anyway. If I do it, I will post pictures, good or bad, for entertainment and information.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:45 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried anodizing at home?

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At least it should still work (I THINK??).
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Not with rit it wont rit gives a washed out look. Some people have done some fancy stuff wiring wise to get the correct amps out of a battery charger but dye is one place your not cutting corners. There is a few Ano forums like Caswell. Its funny all the noobs say I'm going to try rit and a battery charger then they do.... and its #?%$$#!!! that didnt work! Then they either give up or do it halfway right.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried anodizing at home?

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At least it should still work (I THINK??).
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Not with rit it wont rit gives a washed out look. Some people have done some fancy stuff wiring wise to get the correct amps out of a battery charger but dye is one place your not cutting corners. There is a few Ano forums like Caswell. Its funny all the noobs say I'm going to try rit and a battery charger then they do.... and its #?%$$#!!! that didnt work! Then they either give up or do it halfway right.

Don, you may have talked me out of it. I like to tinker and try new things. About 50% of the time I turn out to be a genius and the other 50% I turn out to be a complete idiot!. Well, maybe more like 40/60. I will have to weight out the cost of having it redone vs. either getting another one or tolerating the scratches.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried anodizing at home?

You can do it it just takes the right stuff and $$$. Its also very nasty fume wise if you have a small garage or close neihbors. I didnt know about the fume part when I got my equipment. I like my garage to work in too. I want to do ano but the chemical investment is too big to throw it away when your done... to get rid of the acid smell, the dyes get fungus in them if unused etc.
Check out caswells forum. if you want to do it I have top notch stuff at a discount. If I sold my stuff I would just send my item to acidrain and let him hassle with it. He does great work!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried anodizing at home?

I've used Easy-Off oven cleaner to strip anno, it works well, but is not very fast, wich is good because it helps keep you from over stripping and eating too much metal. I don't reccomend amature stripping like this for any small parts that have tight tolerances like inside the LPR or the ram etc. but for stripping a gripframe,tray,feedneck etc, it works. but try it at your own risk.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried anodizing at home?

pretty much all good info here... which is why i went the route of Duracoat.. it seemed more of a thing that a person could try at home with no hazzards. i have a nice writeup in the ICDU section Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone tried anodizing at home?

www.caswellplating.com...uminum.htm

A friend of mine has one these kits, I have used it and had some great results. we used a battery charger as power source, so they will work. Did a couple black to blue fade jobs. a black/ brown sponge jod and a black.
Go to westlake and get some Red Devil lye, drain cleaner. mix about a 1/4 cup with 5 gal water. use rubber gloves. check frequently because lye will damage the alluminum if you soak to long. after anno is removedm rince with lots of water. You can pick up alluminum wire at radio shack. On very cold days in his shop we used a aquarium heater to keep the acid solution about 75-80 degress for best results.
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