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 Post subject: Un anodizing of mast?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 2:42 pm 
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My '74 mast has little bubbles that are popping up all around it and bursting, it looks like a clear layer of something maybe the anodizing process on the mast? Will the aluminum rust or decay now that it might be exposed and what is the best way to fix this? its an older mast with a comptip no dye just raw silver aluminium.. any imput would be great.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 8:10 pm 
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I'm not sure what would be causing the bubbles, but any "raw" aluminum that's exposed will form an oxide layer, which is basically just what anodization is.

If you tried to "anodize" iron, for example, you'd just get a layer of rust on it (Iron oxide, FeO). Anodizing aluminum creates a layer of aluminum oxide (Al2O43) on the piece. Al2O3 is much harder than raw Al and therefore an anodized piece of Al will resist scratches & what not much better. The oxidization of Aluminum will take place anytime you have Aluminum and Oxygen in the same place, it will just take longer on your mast in the air than it would in a tank. :)

Small parts are easily anodized (or re-anodized) at home using a car battery charger and inexpensive battery acid for some reason only available in sufficient concentration from Sears. There are lots of articles on it on the internet, for example:
http://www.warpig.com/paintball/technical/anodize.shtml

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