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JoeLee
02-15-2013, 02:39 PM
Does any one know of any small shops that will anodize a few parts for less than an arm and a leg???? maybe a couple fingers!

I have the need to anodize some small parts, usually the big shops either have a minimum on pieces or are just way to expensive.
The only alternative I've found is Birchwood Casey's aluminum black, but thats like cold blue for steel, a chemical staining process.
I doubt it's as durable as an anodized fiinish.

JL...................

Toolguy
02-15-2013, 02:45 PM
I have not had any luck at all with B/C aluminum black. Tried it several times, not even close to anodizing.

demerrill
02-15-2013, 03:13 PM
Here's my collection to DIY anodizing links:
http://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com/f25/anodising-13211/
http://www.observationsblog.com/4/post/2011/10/anodizing-and-dying-aluminum-without-battery-acid.html
http://www.focuser.com/atm/anodize/anodize.html
http://engineeringhobbyist.com/projects/completed/anodizing/
http://www.thirdgen.org/anodizealuminum

David Merrill

Weston Bye
02-15-2013, 04:34 PM
Another vote for the DIY links, but...
I do my own anodizing, but will admit that it is a chore setting up, doing the actual work, and then cleaning up afterwards. Figure on a whole Saturday afternoon, even for just a few parts. Also, figure out some safe storage for a gallon or so of sulfuric acid and maybe some caustic lye in between sessions.

JoeLee
02-15-2013, 05:15 PM
That is what I didn't want to get into for a few small parts.......... a whole day's worth of work plus clean up. I don't have any of chemicals or electronic stuff and don't plan on getting into it either. I have done hot blue and thats enough work and clean up.
I'll check the sites.

JL...........................

Mike Folks
02-15-2013, 06:46 PM
If you need to remove Anodizing from Aluminum parts, any of the stove cleaners will work, after applying it, just do a good rinse, followed by soap and water & rinse. I like easy off oven cleaner.

RWO
02-16-2013, 01:22 PM
This company does small jobs: http://www.usanodizing.com/index.htm jobs Their website is aimed at gun makers, but they will do other kinds of stuff, plus that can do Type III if need be.

RWO

Ridgerunner
02-16-2013, 01:36 PM
This company does small jobs: http://www.usanodizing.com/index.htm jobs Their website is aimed at gun makers, but they will do other kinds of stuff, plus that can do Type III if need be.

RWO

Their contact page says they are not accepting any non-production work now.