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How-to: Anodizing titanium turnbuckles

Discussion in 'Suspension and Shocks Section' started by Martijn, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. Martijn

    Martijn Well-Known Member

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    How to: Anodize your Titanium turnbuckles

    When your turnbuckles are getting old, the color could disappear. Now you can get the original color or even other colors back on your turnbuckles by anodizing them.

    Here is a chart with the colors and their voltage:
    This can variate.
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    What you’ll need:
    • Cleaning soda
    • Tap water
    • Plastic container
    • Scotch brite
    • Several 9volt batteries or adjustable Power supply
    • Crocodile clamps
    • Electrical wires
    • Brass piece (thick copper wire)
    Step 1:
    First take your turnbuckles off of your car. Unscrew the plastic ball cups. Sand them with Scotch brite.

    Step 2:
    Take the plastic container and fill it with tap water, add 2-3 spoons of soda and stir the mixture.

    Step 3:
    Put the brass piece or copper wire in the container with the crocodile clamp attached and plug it in your power supply (or attach it to the batteries).
    Take the other cable and also plug it in your power supply (or batteries).
    Polarity doesn’t matter.

    Step 4:
    Attach the turnbuckles and hold it in the water as close as possible. Make sure it doesn’t touch the turnbuckles!

    Step 5:
    Adjust the voltage so you can become different colors.

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    The voltages I tried (with pictures):
    13.8v (normal power supply for all your RC stuff)
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    38.4v (a little bit lighter AE blue)
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    The higher I went the more lighter is got. If you have 7-8 9volt batteries you can get a gold color. (Like Ryan Cavelieri his turnbuckles).
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  2. LeeSc10

    LeeSc10 Well-Known Member

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    Very cool write up. Never knew you can do this. :thumbup:
     
  3. Martijn

    Martijn Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you just have to play with the voltage for different colors :)
     
  4. tmail61

    tmail61 Well-Known Member Factory Member

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    Very SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!
     
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  5. AERacer

    AERacer Administrator Staff Member Moderator Factory Member

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    Wow nice writeup :) I gonna make it sticky !
     
  6. JSU101

    JSU101 Active Member

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    Thats pretty cool
     
  7. Bubba Boggs

    Bubba Boggs Well-Known Member Factory Member

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    I have a video of me doing my turnbuckles on youtube. Search mrbubba1972. Also doing colors higher on the voltage scale they have to be chemicaly etched to get a good color. Im waiting on more chemicals to
    do more colors on other titanium. BUt you can get a really cool green and pink. Just remember once you go to a higher voltage color you cant go back. Unless you strip it down.
    I use simple green instead of soda or the TSP powder. With the simple green theres no measuring just fill up a cup and go.
     
  8. Martijn

    Martijn Well-Known Member

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    Yes I know you can use simple green also but in Belgium I can't find simple green in the local shops..
    So it did this with soda
     
  9. Bubba Boggs

    Bubba Boggs Well-Known Member Factory Member

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    Makes sence. LOL
     
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