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Old 02-03-2014, 01:54 PM #1
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Anodizing a Shocker

So I just recently discovered the ano problem that plagued the SP guns, shockers... It wasn't crappy anodizing but instead the type of aluminum SP used. Is there a certain anodizing method I would be able to do on a shocker that would last long while still being able to use the gun?
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:08 PM #2
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I'm not sure if i understand. Do you mean the grade of aluminum? What grade is it?

edit: After some research I see that they used Al2011 on some models. There is a lot of copper in that alloy which is why it's a PITA to anno. It seems that there are ways to do it better than before but nothing that looks like it would be on par with 6xxx grade. Also, with it being such a difficult alloy, most processes that work with it are more or less proprietary so you might be hard pressed to find any helpful info. Good luck though
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:07 PM #3
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I'm not sure if i understand. Do you mean the grade of aluminum? What grade is it?

edit: After some research I see that they used Al2011 on some models. There is a lot of copper in that alloy which is why it's a PITA to anno. It seems that there are ways to do it better than before but nothing that looks like it would be on par with 6xxx grade. Also, with it being such a difficult alloy, most processes that work with it are more or less proprietary so you might be hard pressed to find any helpful info. Good luck though
That's exactly what I didn't want to hear... But thanks for the info none the less... Anyone else with shocker anodizing experience want to chime in please?
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Maybe try posting this in the shocker forum, there's a lot of dedicated shocker guys there that I imagine have anno'd a few guns
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:06 PM #5
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Having done a few shockers made from that material I would say that there is no way around it. The stuff just does't produce a very tough film.

You can push the film thickness right up to the point before dissolution to maybe maximize your toughness. Now will this have anything over the factory anodizing? I don't really know because I have no long term wear data from the ones that I have done.

That being said only SFT shockers were made with that material...and not all of them were. Sometimes a thin film, bad seal, or bad electrolyte chemistry can cause the anodizing to wear prematurely.
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Your only option would be to have the gun done by someone with experience running a type 3 hard anodizing. But with that, you are very limited in the colors you can get. Dust Black, Dark Red, Olive and a Dark Blue are the only colors I can think of that I have seen on type 3 anodizings. And these are not pretty vibrant colors, they are all kinda dull and ugly.
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I went ahead and had mine dura coated and love it.
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Guess I got lucky..I've had 7 shockers (6 nxts, 1 sft) anodized through 3 various places and all of them crazy different colors and to answer your question I haven't had a problem with any of the finishes thus far and I've had them for a few years...heres a pic of just 1..but taken with my crappy iphone..
That's not what he's talking about. The first runs of SFT's had an aluminum so soft you could scrape the anno off with a penny or your fingernail.
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That's not what he's talking about. The first runs of SFT's had an aluminum so soft you could scrape the anno off with a penny or your fingernail.
Correct. Smart Parts hadn't quite figured out the shocker yet even after producing the first batch. That's why anything after the first batch came with aluminum instead of delrin bolt sleeves too.
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