Looking for someone to anodize aluminum

GeorgeSPatton

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I'm not sure if this should go in the modified knives section but I was hoping for a little more exposure with folks who can probably help me out- I need to either anodize myself or have someone anodize for me the aluminum frame to a Benchmade 960. I bought the knife second hand and it's been carried and some of the red anodization has come off.

I want to reanodize the handles and I was curious if anyone of y'all can do it for me. I'd really love to turn it a green color if that's possible, else do a splash pattern.

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Bill DeShivs

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It doesn't take much more than some battery acid, a low voltage power supply, and Rit dye.
Google "home anodizing" for instructions.
If the anodizing is worn, the surface will also be worn. You need to make the surface finish even and consistent by polishing or bead blasting.
Most people just paint aluminum with the "gun paints" available now, but they won't hold up or look as nice as properly done anodizing.
 
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Yeah its pretty easy. Some basic (still dangerous!) Chemicals, a foam ice chest, a switchable 6/12 volt car battery charger and some RIT dye from the craft store. If you want multiple items to match, its best to do them all at thesame time, because matching color can be difficult sometimes. Obviously practice on scrap first, but it isn't the end of the world if you screw up the actual part.


-Xander
 
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