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Removing Annodization (without sanding)

rhd

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Does anyone know how to remove annodization (sp?) from aluminum, without sanding?

IE - a chemical process that would work for a rather intricate piece of metal?

I've heard that oven cleaner will work.
 

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See the PM I sent you..:beer:

These hosts use different aluminum alloys, DON'T use oven cleaner....I've tried.
 

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Although not exactly hand/machine sanding, but still along the lines of sand, if you have yourself or know someone who can let you use a sandblaster, that gets rid of anodization very fast and very cleanly.

Ive personally never heard of chemicals that can remove anodization, if anyone knows Id love to hear about it too.
 

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Oh lol - I missed your cautionary note before trying it myself.

That said, oven cleaner stripped the anodizing almost instantly!
 

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Oven cleaner contains lye, which should eat aluminum and oxides thereof. Make sure you rinse it really well.
 

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Lye is the trick. I use it to remove anodizing and it works awesome.
 

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..dont forget lye eats aluminum too.. thats what I heard, and eventually I will try it on both! :)
..and I sure hope you dont have lye in oven cleaner?!? wtf! lye is probably the most dangerous chemical you can easily buy!

Manuel
 

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Ya know I have enough of this stripper to make about a tall cupfull. You wanna buy it, it's yours.
 
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