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I am looking to turn some aftermarket billet parts black through anodizing. Anyone tried this themselves? Its a handful of random parts (cfm rearsets, vortex clipons, shock bottle holder). Is there mail order place that does this for a reasonable cost? Anyone know of a place in or around Chicago?

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Awesome. Thanks guys. I think I'll give it a try at home. Time to secure some chemicals.
 

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You'll be dealing with some nasty stuff. Caustic soda to strip parts, sulfuric acid for anodizing. Nickle Acetate for sealing. You will need a DC power source as well. I'm not sure what this guy recommends, but when I did anodizing back in the 90's, the baths were set at 14-18 volts. Just to warn you, getting a deep, even black color is not easy, even with a full anodizing shop setup. I'd probably look around for a local anodizing shop that can do it for you.
 

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You'll be dealing with some nasty stuff. Caustic soda to strip parts, sulfuric acid for anodizing. Nickle Acetate for sealing. You will need a DC power source as well. I'm not sure what this guy recommends, but when I did anodizing back in the 90's, the baths were set at 14-18 volts. Just to warn you, getting a deep, even black color is not easy, even with a full anodizing shop setup. I'd probably look around for a local anodizing shop that can do it for you.
100% agree - after watching my Dad do his own plating (which is similar, but not the same), I will just outsource anodizing - it's nasty stuff.
 

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FWIW..I tried doing my own anodizing as well. I did NOT get it right with a couple attempts. I think in all cases, my fail method was not enough amps from my cheapy battery charger, as well as not maintaining a correct bath temperature. Since it is nasty stuff, I was doing it outside at the end of winter/start of spring last year..it was 50 °F ish out.
 
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