Marty! Dork
11/10/10 8:22 p.m.

I came across this blog and it seems too simple to me.

Battery acid, RIT dye, and a battery charger.

Will it last? Look like crap after a month? Thoughts?

Also interested if anybody has ever done any type of plating also. I'm thinking of trying my hand at some copper plating.

Derick Freese
Derick Freese HalfDork
11/10/10 8:42 p.m.

I've done electrolytic derusting, which is the same process. Worked wonders for me. I did mistakenly put some aluminum in the tank once and it blackened it. It's been a dull black for about 5 years now. Never placed into use, but on the shelf, it's remained decent looking.

Hocrest Reader
11/10/10 8:46 p.m.

I use to copper plate nickles when I got bored at work. Just a small container of saline, a 12v source and some sacrificial copper wire.

Strizzo SuperDork
11/10/10 10:05 p.m.

check on some RC forums, diy anodizing used to be popular for things that either didnt come color anodized or didn't come in a particular color.

neon4891 SuperDork
11/10/10 10:21 p.m.

Hmm, new ideas for refinishing my wheels...

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