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    Caswell Black Oxide Plating Kit? Any experience?

    I just ordered this Black Oxide Kit from Caswell.

    Black Oxide Kit - 1.25 Gal - Black Oxide Kits - Metal Antiquing - Caswell Inc

    Does anyone have any experience with this kit? Sounds like it should work well, I guess I'll find out? I'll use it to finish the angle plate and louver press.
    I'll post up results when I have them.
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    No experience with the black oxide, but have used their cad and zinc kit. Works well once you get the hang of it. Try it on some scraps first.

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    Just to update this thread.
    I used the Black Oxide Kit on a couple of projects and I documented it here in this thread:
    Shop Built Angle Plate
    Check it out if you are thinking about trying it out. I am very pleased with the results other then I didn't clean the angle plate as well as I should have. The kit was very easy to use, just heed their directions to get everything very clean!
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    I'll add some more info to this thread.
    I had a small rotary fixture I built years ago that was seeing some surface rust. I cleaned it up and gave it the Black oxide treatment.
    Before cleaning.

    After cleaning with Metal Ready and a piece of ScotchBrite. The Metal Ready cleans this up immediately! It doesn't take a lot a lot scrubbing to get rid of the rust.

    I still had the mixed solution I used three weeks ago so I thought I would see if it was still good. It was! This pic was taken about 20 seconds after I dropped the part in!

    And I have to think the solution really liked the way the Metal Ready cleaned up the steel because the reaction was nearly immediate!
    After taking it out about a 2 minutes later. This is BLACK!

    More in next post...

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    I also blackened the chuck. I couldn't get that as clean so the solution didn't work as well but I wanted to leave some oil in the mechanism so it wouldn't lock up.

    I put some sealer on them and we'll see how they turn out tomorrow.





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