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  1. CrazyALee

    CrazyALee Oakley Collector

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    So I got a blue carabiner (olympian blue) for cheap at an oakley vault and it was a color I did not like so much. Anyway, I wanted it polished so I researched online if theres a DIY for removing anodized finish from aluminum or similar metals. You just need a solution called "greased lightning" (at least super strength or commercial, coudlnt find commercial strength), and "never dull" metal polisher. See the pics!

    Project Success! - Removing Anodized Finish From Small Ellipse Carabiner Keychain! - DSC05221_zps97881c87.jpg
    Project Success! - Removing Anodized Finish From Small Ellipse Carabiner Keychain! - DSC05311_zpsbdb651e4.jpg
    Project Success! - Removing Anodized Finish From Small Ellipse Carabiner Keychain! - DSC05313_zps71b2f0f5.jpg

    Let it sit in the Greased lightning solution for about 15-20 minutes.
    Project Success! - Removing Anodized Finish From Small Ellipse Carabiner Keychain! - DSC05316_zpsc572aef8.jpg
    It helps to swirl or move the object about too.

    Some light scrubbing with scotch brite towards the end, and rinse (WEAR gloves! Dont let this solution contact your skin)

    Project Success! - Removing Anodized Finish From Small Ellipse Carabiner Keychain! - DSC05315_zps4d2eaa0e.jpg

    Notice the rough brushed texture?
    Project Success! - Removing Anodized Finish From Small Ellipse Carabiner Keychain! - DSC05317_zps38db7d84.jpg

    Rinse and dry-still a rough brushed texture
    Project Success! - Removing Anodized Finish From Small Ellipse Carabiner Keychain! - DSC05319_zps695554f9.jpg

    Now polish that rough texture into a shiny finish !!!!!
    Project Success! - Removing Anodized Finish From Small Ellipse Carabiner Keychain! - DSC05322_zps62eaca98.jpg

    The only thing is I was too impatient and too lazy to try scrubbing the harder to reach areas..
    Project Success! - Removing Anodized Finish From Small Ellipse Carabiner Keychain! - DSC05324_zps403cbee2.jpg


    But overall I am very happy with the result! =)
    Project Success! - Removing Anodized Finish From Small Ellipse Carabiner Keychain! - DSC05323_zpsa0df2aeb.jpg

    Project Success! - Removing Anodized Finish From Small Ellipse Carabiner Keychain! - stages_zps442918ad.jpg
     
    Last edited: 10/11/14
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  2. bad fishy

    bad fishy Oakley Expert

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    Good work!
     
  3. CrazyALee

    CrazyALee Oakley Collector

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    thanks!
     
  4. xmetalmaniac

    xmetalmaniac Made of Metal Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    greaat idea, however I would not use a scotch bright pad as it is too rough on the smooth finish. Try 0000 steel wool instead.
     
  5. Oakley Stephen

    Oakley Stephen Oakley Collector

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    I agree with xmetalmaniac try the steal wool. I use it on a lot of projects and it works great. I spray water out of a squirt bottle on the item and steel wool. I have used this method to remove surface rust from chrome parts and it does well
     
  6. CrazyALee

    CrazyALee Oakley Collector

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    thanks for the tip! if I ever do more in the future, I would try steel wool !
     
  7. Dieseltech

    Dieseltech Oakley Expert Premium Member

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    Pretty cool !
     
  8. dr.chop

    dr.chop Oakley Expert

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    try ez-off heavy duty oven cleaner....been destroying anodizing with it since the 80's...used to strip the anodize coatings off the old gold rc10 chassis pans and polish them to a mirror shine in high school...don't get the fume friendly though, it sucks..
     
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  9. Oakle y

    Oakle y Something Something Darkside Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    Cool project.
     
  10. OakleyFrankFMJ

    OakleyFrankFMJ The Legend - - Vlad the Impaler Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    I knew a guy who cleaned his sportbike with a can of ez-off spray once.......ONCE. He cleaned EVERYTHING on that bike with it......needless to say we had a new name for him after he destroyed everything on the bike......
     
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