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Offline Rob_McFadden

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Blasting black anodized aluminum
« on: February 14, 2017, 02:14:27 PM »
I have seen a lot of guys sandblast the color off of half of the black aluminum playing surfaces so the caller won't scratch through the black and make the call look like crap. I don't have access to a sand blaster but is there any commercial product I could use to get the same effect? I thought about etching cream?

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Re: Blasting black anodized aluminum
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2017, 11:34:02 AM »
You might try one of these:

http://www.micromark.com/MicroLux-Mini-Sandblast-Gun-Set#?promocode=17WS015&leadsource=email&utm_source=Marketing&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=17WS015

I have one and it will work. Etches/cleans steel nicely. They are also available at your local hobby store.

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Re: Blasting black anodized aluminum
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2017, 06:38:12 PM »
For the life of me, I cant figure why one would do that.  Switch to an acrylic striker and throw the sand paper away.  Problem solved.  All you need is a little scotch brite, and very lightly at that.

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Re: Blasting black anodized aluminum
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2017, 07:50:16 AM »
You might try one of these:

http://www.micromark.com/MicroLux-Mini-Sandblast-Gun-Set#?promocode=17WS015&leadsource=email&utm_source=Marketing&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=17WS015

I have one and it will work. Etches/cleans steel nicely. They are also available at your local hobby store.

Fred

Sweet I'm going to pick one up thanks!

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Re: Blasting black anodized aluminum
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2017, 07:51:42 AM »
For the life of me, I cant figure why one would do that.  Switch to an acrylic striker and throw the sand paper away.  Problem solved.  All you need is a little scotch brite, and very lightly at that.

I guess that's why they are called "custom" calls... Everybody does it a bit different.

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Re: Blasting black anodized aluminum
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2017, 07:43:03 AM »
who carries the acrylic strikers
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Re: Blasting black anodized aluminum
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2017, 09:21:01 AM »
who carries the acrylic strikers

Custom Sawing has the acrylic dowels:

https://shipleysoutdoors.mysparkpay.com/striker-dowels.aspx
you will find them as an option on the drop down menu.
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« Last Edit: February 17, 2017, 09:22:52 AM by FDR »
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Re: Blasting black anodized aluminum
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2017, 07:23:03 AM »
I'm making a black anodized call with an image of a turkey lasered on the surface.  I bought some of the acrylic striker dowels from shipleys outdoors and have a question. 

Do I round the tip of an acrylic striker like a wooden one?

Thanks to all for the volumes of helpful information on this site.
« Last Edit: March 15, 2017, 07:24:52 AM by Steve Soileau »

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Re: Blasting black anodized aluminum
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2017, 06:52:03 PM »
I round the tip on my acrylic strikers. I use my collet chuck and sandpaper the tip to shape.

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Re: Blasting black anodized aluminum
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2017, 10:23:02 PM »
 :thanks: I just wanted to check before I did anything.  And thanks for the tip on using the collet chuck and sandpaper.


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Re: Blasting black anodized aluminum
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2017, 10:10:41 PM »
I don't get this at all. I have not done this long and by no means am an expert but how long do you play it before the black wears off? I've made a few and the one for me has alot of hours on it and i just wipe it on my pants and the marks are gone.

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Re: Blasting black anodized aluminum
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2017, 10:33:59 AM »
I don't get this at all. I have not done this long and by no means am an expert but how long do you play it before the black wears off? I've made a few and the one for me has alot of hours on it and i just wipe it on my pants and the marks are gone.

I have a personal one, I think this is its 10th year of hunting. I have not broken through the coating yet.
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