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  • Tried red again today. PH meter came with reagent and could be calibrated as required. Initial check on dye said 7.0. I used acetic acid to get it down to the required 5.5.

    This red test part used the same process as the other three parts above. Again, it came out just like all my other...
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  • I simply left the black part in the dye because once the fifteen minutes or so had passed, I still had to wait on the sealer to come to a near boil. I figured it would not hurt.

    Tested orange and yellow today, both with fantastic results. I will try again with red tomorrow. I am curious...
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    Last edited by Theirons84; 11-21-2017, 10:11 PM.

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  • After being in the dye for a good 45 minutes, I then sealed in the sealer and it is a true deep black. It looks great.

    I guess the obvious question then is why am I struggling so much with red. No difference in the process really vs. the initial degreaser temp. I have a lot of colors,...
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  • UPDATE.

    Black seems to be working, but is not completely black. I have a dull bluish grey color. I assume this means that the ano is not sufficiently grown on the surface?

    This is good. This means I am getting somehwere. What should I try next?

    I wish I had...
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  • Ok. I Will check out a PH meter today. I tried my soil PH meter and it didn't do anything.

    I am going to try some black today. I have to run to the store and get more distilled water....
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  • I was doing everything like Caswell's instructions stated. That is the reason much of this has been so frustrating.

    I read through the sticky threads at the top, and I saw where PH was important. I will definitely check that. I will also try a different color like black - I had thought...
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  • What to do when still not getting results

    I have posted two or three threads here over the last couple of months and been through literally ever part of my process, and I am still not getting results.

    At this point, I have got to find a way to do some baseline tests where I can at least get some good results - a point to start...
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    Last edited by Theirons84; 11-16-2017, 06:20 PM.

  • Strange situation this morning. Have the part in. Everything is the same as stated in my last post except I am using Ti wire. I have been going back between it and aluminum, with no real difference that I can see.

    Anyway, I put the part in, and I cannot get the power supply to go any higher...
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  • So after talking with Caswell Technical support, we came to the same conclusion. There was obviously some question on the way the parts were being held. Caswell recommended a better connection to the part with more of a mechanical bond, and I did even see in the manual where it said that many of the...
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  • Best way to make contact on parts for anodize?

    I started messing around with anodizing about two weeks ago and got mixed results, so I decided to invest in basically the cheapest of the anodize kits from Caswell. I already had a few of the things, so I bought the things I needed separately. I got everything set up and made a test run today, but...
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