Originally Posted by O'Lane
Nice work, I was looking into getting into home anodizing this summer... not to steal your thread, but has anyone experimented with the Caswell Anodizing kits... They're not the cheapest, but they seem like a good place to start.
By all means. There's not a lot of home ano talk here. I think there's room for it without cramping the style of people that do it professionally. A few rounds at home can make you appreciate them, but there are some parts that are very easy to do.
From what I've read, the Caswell kits are good. I've had trouble with Rit black powder, but the liquid did ok last time. I would use Caswell dyes if I had something that had a lot of work in it (and I didn't send it out). Color fastness is something I haven't had to worry about so far.
Thinking about the "vapor balls"; the vapors are pretty strong, but for a few parts in the garage, they aren't too noticeable. You do need a place for the drips and vapors. My space may get re-designated for tools again.
I started with the chemistry and read all the notes I could find to get an "operating envelope" on the times and concentrations. To start with, I would get the power supply requirements settled first. Bath temperatures can swing some, but I've just been using the decent weather mostly.
I do have one fish tank heater for the winter.
There's another home kit available that looks similar. Let me look... Focuser