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Old 10-22-2003, 07:23 AM #1
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stripping annodizing

can someone tell me the exact procedures for stripping anno, i know you need red devil or something.
can someone also tell any precautions i should take, like how much red devil i should use, or if i need gloves to handle the stuff.


sorry i didn't do a search, but i'm currently logged on at school which means i can't go through countless pages of stuff.

also, can you polish annoed metals with mag polish?

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Old 10-26-2003, 11:16 AM #2
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look up at yahoo.com caswell plating, then on their web page u buy anno remover...this is better then typical oven cleaner/drain cleaner because it wouldn't hurt the metal as much
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Old 10-30-2003, 10:24 AM #3
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you have to acid wash it using battery acid i think... ive seen anno kits on ebay and thats what i said
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:01 PM #4
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i think you can use drano, and theres this other stuff i forgot wat its called but its got airplane in the name, we put it on my friends spyder and the anno came sizzling up.
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:38 PM #5
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you don't use battery acid to strip the anodizing, the acid is used during the actual anodizing process.

and an acid wash is a type of anodizing tecnique
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Old 11-01-2003, 12:50 PM #6
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i believe that anno stripper is better however lye will also remove the anno, remember to do this outside with proper safety equipment.
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Old 11-11-2003, 09:08 PM #7
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I used drano when I stripped the ano off of some marker parts and it worked well...it says it wont eat at pipes so I dont know about aluminum (seeing that it ins't the hardest metal) but just soak it for a few min then use an old toothbrush and scrub the ano off.
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Old 11-11-2003, 09:18 PM #8
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i used oven cleaner
anyone no how to strip chrome?
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Old 11-12-2003, 09:21 PM #9
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try yahoo or google searches
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Old 11-13-2003, 01:14 AM #10
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I have used the red devil drain cleaner to remove anno. It works great. Just mix some in water and put your part in. GIve it a few minutes and remove it and rub the anno with a soft cloth. If the anno does not wipe completly off, put it back in for a couple more minutes. Once you have the anno off, just give it a wet sand with a very fine grit paper. Then polish it up with some mothers aluminum polish. It should look very nice (my parts did)
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if u dont use gloves, you beter call your insurance company and tell them to get rdy to shell out some big bucks for your stupid a.s.s. You are on the right track, but annoziing is a science that u will prolly never understand
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Old 11-15-2003, 08:22 AM #12
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indeed it is a science, one of the main reasons when i anno something i have my chem teacher help me do it.
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Old 11-22-2003, 10:01 PM #13
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can you just sand off the anno?
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yea, but its a pain in the ***
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Old 11-23-2003, 06:29 PM #15
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if you use that acid stuff to get all the anno off, will it huirt the inside of your gun?
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yes, it'll throw off the internal bore tolerances
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a whatta what what
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meaning dont dunk your gun in there cause you will screw it up
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it means your the chambers wont be the same size as before, causing nothing to fit, plug up all the holes with rubber stoppers before you de anno anything
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Old 11-24-2003, 07:10 AM #20
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Most markers can have the anodizing removed from them between 1-3 times without fear of damage to the marker. The main thing you will need to concern yourself with are any threads in the part you are stripping. Threads have a very low tolerance and when you remove anodzing you actually remove material from the part you are stripping. When done properly you should be removing somwhere between .0003 and .0005. This allows you to remove the ano at least 1-3 times before getting into a area that will remove enough material that will not allow the threads to hold.

When you re-anodize the part you should have a growth of .0002 to .001. This is a level 2 anodizing grade. This is what most people will be able to achieve with a home setup. As you can see you effectively replace about 2/3's of the material that you remove.

I have personally reanodized my Gen 5 Bushmaster 4 times now and have not had any ill effects from it. It all depends on how you remove the anodizing.

My setup for anodizing removal is 3 Gallons of very warm water, not so hot you cant put your hands in it. I then use Lye, about a half cup.
I suspend the item I am and stripping in the middle of the solution and check it about every 60 seconds.
By using warm water you increase the reaction of the Lye with the anodizing. If you use cool water the process will take longer.
I periodically remove the part and wipe off all loose ano and dip the part back into the tank to remove any ano that has not been released from the part.
A bushmaster body can be stripped in about 2-3 minutes to nothing but silver.
None of tags appear to work so here is a link to a pic of my bushy body that has been stripped.

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