I've considered making aluminum muzzle breaks for my R9s but just didn't want to do a black paint job that would just chip off. Well...I found this link and it SEEMS that perhaps anodizing may be possible with a basic setup. I remember Pete's great thread on making scope adjustment "side wheels" and thought that perhaps this process could be used to color the wheels.
This message has been edited by wved on Apr 19, 2008 5:33 AM This message has been edited by wved on Apr 19, 2008 5:25 AM
Home anodizing setups are not really practical IMO
April 20 2008, 5:15 AM
If you only need to do small batches once in a while, the expense of equipment/setup/maintenance/chemicals and the space everything takes up makes it impractical. It's not always easy to get good results either.
The last time I had about 20 parts anodized at a local plating house, they charged me their minimum $50 (and that was for Type III hardcoat, not the soft Type II Sulfuric anodizing described in your link). Even larger batches are not very expensive unless you need holes plugged or something else special. And they guarantee that what I ask for is what I will receive.
The only finishing process I do at home is Parkerizing. It's pretty easy, but I wouldn't even recommend doing that in the garage unless one has a need to do it fairly frequently.