|Forum topic by TelescopeMaker||posted 10-07-2010 04:15 AM||1108 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
10-07-2010 04:15 AM
I have a project which consists mainly of baltic birch ply, but has 2 or three aluminum parts. A major one is a 2 inch diameter aluminum tube five feet long.
It is 6061-T6 aluminum and very stiff. It is not anodized. I would like it to have a shiney, natural finish on part of it and flat black on the rest of it. It is likely that it will be exposed to the evening dew now and then.
How would I go about preparing the aluminum and what kind of finish can I apply to it that would keep it in good condition?
Should I have it anodized? Or are there other treatments? I know very little about finishing metal.
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