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Old 09-19-2010, 01:18 AM
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I'm thinking of giving it a shot. With the correct safety and time, it could be done for about $30 bucks. Has anyone done this before? Also will the initial acid/ water electrode bath remove the current anodizing or is there another method?
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Use oven cleaner to remove old ano, then take the black stuff off with steel wool.
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There is a thread around here somewhere with lots of good info on home anodizing. Looked like he had some pretty good results. Do a search and see if you can find it.
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www.weaponsguild.com

Go to firearms finishing forum.

more info there than you ever wanted on home coatings.



Lots of guys Home-anodize 80% AR lowers.
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Originally Posted by Phatkat View Post
Use oven cleaner to remove old ano, then take the black stuff off with steel wool.


Then you may have to prep the piece prior to re-anodizing, depending on the type of finish you're ultimately looking for.

Also, if you do set up an anodizing station, make sure you're in a well ventilated area and have safety/emergency measures in place, cuz it can get real nasty in an instant. You will eventually have to dispose of some chemicals. That section of our shop gets regular visits from the EPA and FD to make sure spent chemicals are being disposed of properly, among other things. You can find yourself in a world of trouble if one of your neighbors sees you dumping product down a storm drain or on the ground, even if you think you have it neutralized (even the stuff in your rinse and dye tanks). Make sure you have access to a legitimate disposal facility before you go out and buy any chem.

Oh, and no, you don't want to put anything but perfectly clean, raw aluminum in your electro/chem tank.

BTW, 30 bucks seems a bit on the optimistic side, even for a home setup, unless you already have some of the components setting around.
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Thanks for the replies! I'm looking for a nice deep red for my Losi 8ight.

I work for the county and have access to the Public Safety Training Center and they have a hazmat disposable there. And all I would need is the chemicals so it should be on the cheep side. I'll post the results when I have the time to give it a try
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