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ANODIZING HELP!!!!

Need some help.

I've found out,, here in Michigan nobody anodizing anything over 4' long.

Does anyone know of a shop that can handle parts up to 10' long??

I'm willing to ship anywhere if the company can do it!!!

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What about AACOA?

http://aacoa.com/anodizing/

They've anodized entire boats, cars, etc...seems to me they can do it.

And, they're in Michigan.

AACOA, Inc.
2005 Mayflower Rd.
Niles, MI 49120
269-697-6063
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I tried them, their what they said "2 big of a company 2 deal with small people like me". ops:

I guess the search goes on, just looking to anodize my alum parts in the boat.

thanks for looking.

I found plenty of companies 2 do the work, but their in Ca, and Az. I just left Az. :evil:

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Do you want to try to do your own anodizing at home? http://www.focuser.com/atm/anodize/anodize99.html

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I might would try talking to one of their salesmen. Ask the salemen if he can tell you one of their customers. Then call that customer and see if they can get your parts done for you. The salesman should know of a smaller company and give you the info.

Or find out who makes the anodized chemicals and call them. They should be able to tell you their customers, large or small.

I do this all the time when looking for companies / sub contractors.
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Interesting.

Depending on what it is you're having anodized, the magic words are often "Engineering Sample".

If the part is not believable from that perspective, then I'd figure out where the shop guys have lunch and strike up a conversation. G-Jobs exist in every industry, and I'm sure you can find an enterprising young chap to help you out if you look a little.

I anodize car parts all the time by throwing them in the lot of stuff going out at work for plating. It's a lot charge anyway and the lot is always short. I'm sure they can do something similar...there's gotta be room in there for your part while they're plating something else.

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Re: ANODIZING HELP!!!!

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Need some help.

I've found out,, here in Michigan nobody anodizing anything over 4' long.

Does anyone know of a shop that can handle parts up to 10' long??

I'm willing to ship anywhere if the company can do it!!!

thanks

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Adam I know a young kid here (toeldo) that started his own business doing paintball guns and car parts.
Want me to try to hook you up? If its a repeat thing and he can't do it yet he could likely retool

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Re: ANODIZING HELP!!!!

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Need some help.

I've found out,, here in Michigan nobody anodizing anything over 4' long.

Does anyone know of a shop that can handle parts up to 10' long??

I'm willing to ship anywhere if the company can do it!!!

thanks

cheers
Adam I know a young kid here (toeldo) that started his own business doing paintball guns and car parts.
Want me to try to hook you up? If its a repeat thing and he can't do it yet he could likely retool

Drop me an email

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Thanks for the heads up!! I talked with a company out of California. Because my Alum has all-ready been Anodized (20 years ago) there is a very long and $$$$$$$$ process to re-anodize it. Looks like I'm going with powder coat? :cry: At least it's half the cost.

Thanks again for everyone's help!!
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Anodize

Depending on what kind of anodize it is, the long and expensive process may be as simple as spraying it with oven cleaner. Try it. I'm not a fan of color in the engine bay and "de-anodized" a lot of parts that way.

The active ingredient in oven cleaner is Sodium Hydroxide, if you wish to DIY your own solution less expensively...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_hydroxide

If you want to read/learn more about the anodizing (and de-anodizing) process, see: http://www.focuser.com/atm/anodize/anodize.html


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I talked with the gentleman about the oven cleaner thing and prep-in the alum myself. (sanding and polishing)

He informed me that I may do it wrong (Not getting all the old anodize off ) and when the new anodize goes on it may not come out looking the way I want it to???

I feel if I try and prep my alum myself and it comes out wrong, then I goona have to pay to have it done the right way. Paying twice..
I think will go with podwer coat and call it good??


thanks for the info...

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