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#1 MartyDavis

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 07:02 AM

Has anyone set up an anodizing system for our small parts?  I have always wanted to have the ability to anodize aluminum parts.

 

If you have please list the components and show some images if you will.

 

 





#2 John Beardslee

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 08:09 AM

Hi Marty
You can do it at home if you are careful and are comfortable working with acid. Check online, there are a number of good informative articles. Supplies are reasonable priced.
Thanks John



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 03:47 PM

http://www.caswellplating.com/#

 

 

i did some research a while back cause i was gonna do it for myself but it got back-burnered.

i read that this place was kind of the best for do-it-yourselfer



#4 Terry Keeley

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 06:06 PM

Hey Marty:

 

I did my own stuff for years until I found a shop that fit me in for a reasonable cost.

 

It's quite easy, lot's of stuff on line like this:

 

http://astro.neutral.../anodise5.shtml

 

I used an aluminum camping pot, some aluminum wire and in the beginning a 12v car battery with an ammeter and a big variable resistor.  A power supply was easier to use later on.

 

You can buy good dye from Caswell:  http://www.caswellpl...ource=overture/ Some use food coloring but the real dye is better.  Also a proper seal will keep the dark color much better than just boiling in water or whatever.

 

Give it a shot!  :)