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    i just bought a wasr10 ak 47
    and want to anodize it does
    anybody know of any places in central new york or onadoga county were i could get one anodized.
    thank you ahead of time

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    "Anodizing" is a process of controlled oxidation applied to aluminum and its alloys. Since the AK is made from steel, it cannot be "anodized." AR-type uppers and lowers are "hard coat anodized," but that's because the AR-type uppers and lowers are made from aluminum alloy.

    There are many other coatings, from paints to proprietary products such as CeraCoat and its analogues, Duracoat, and so on, that can be applied to AK-type rifles.

    Good luck!

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    Yep, I'm a aircraft mechanic, alodine as we call it can actually weaken steel, leading to stress fractures, etc...
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    If you're just trying to keep it from rusting try gunkote. Its not hard to do and just requires an airbrush and access to the oven when the misses isn't home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjkuleck View Post
    "Anodizing" is a process of controlled oxidation applied to aluminum and its alloys. Since the AK is made from steel, it cannot be "anodized." AR-type uppers and lowers are "hard coat anodized," but that's because the AR-type uppers and lowers are made from aluminum alloy.

    There are many other coatings, from paints to proprietary products such as CeraCoat and its analogues, Duracoat, and so on, that can be applied to AK-type rifles.

    Good luck!

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    thank you re thosse gold materials?
    becuase i forgot to mention but thats why i want to annodize it
    so its gold

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdf747emt View Post
    Yep, I'm a aircraft mechanic, alodine as we call it can actually weaken steel, leading to stress fractures, etc...
    is there any gold materials that can be sprayed on a ak
    thats why i wanted to anodize it so it would be gold

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    There is a process of gold chrome plating that is used on motorcycle and automotive trim parts that looks like the real thing. I recall that it was a Japanese process. Check you local chrome plating shops to see if they do this work.

    For what it's worth... Anodising can be done over non-aluminum materials but they first must be clad with an aluminum skin. That skin is then oxidised using an acid bath and electricity to create a satisfactory oxide layer . Then the AL2O3 surface is dyed to some color. This is called color anodising. Glass Christmas ornaments come to mind.

    Hard anodising is a relatively thicker skin of oxide usually dyed black or dark purple. Added electricity and time are needed to drive this oxide layer much deeper than color anodising. It is intended as a protective coat as used on AR-15's and M-16's types.

    Alodiding is a chemical dye for raw aluminum. As you know is is used in aviation.

    I have used the gold chrome plating on special firearms parts in the past. It is vastly more durable than real gold and cheaper too. It should make your wasr look like an Iraqi bringback.

    There is one other process that can yield a gold color skin on metal. That is powder coating. To make a translucent gold color I recall that clear powder (plastic) is sprayed on. This clear coat is slightly over-baked to turn it a gold hue. It looks nice on steel lawn furnature.

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    Rustoleum makes a very nice looking "Hammered Gold " finish paint. I used it to paint the window cranks in my living room. It's not overly durable, but touchups are easy.

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    Here a link to a company that my be helpful, but , please dont shame a good ak like that. Parkerize it or paint black ,shoe polish not gold.
    Plating Kits Chrome Plating Kits Aluminum Anodizing Kits Electroplating Kits - Caswell Inc.
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    Titanium Nitride plating. Gold, hard as heck, and expensive.

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