How to anodize titanium turnbuckles


How to: Anodize your Titanium turnbuckles

Author:  RCTen.com’s member Martijn Demeulemeester

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When your turnbuckles are getting old, the color could disappear. Now you can get the original color or even other colors back on your turnbuckles by anodizing them.

Here is a chart with the colors and their voltage:
This can variate.

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What you’ll need:

  • Cleaning soda
  • Tap water
  • Plastic container
  • Scotch brite
  • Several 9volt batteries or adjustable Power supply
  • Crocodile clamps
  • Electrical wires
  • Brass piece (thick copper wire)

 

Step 1:
First take your turnbuckles off of your car. Unscrew the plastic ball cups. Sand them with Scotch brite.

Step 2:
Take the plastic container and fill it with tap water, add 2-3 spoons of soda and stir the mixture.

Step 3:
Put the brass piece or copper wire in the container with the crocodile clamp attached and plug it in your power supply (or attach it to the batteries).
Take the other cable and also plug it in your power supply (or batteries).
Polarity doesn’t matter.

Step 4:
Attach the turnbuckles and hold it in the water as close as possible. Make sure it doesn’t touch the turnbuckles!

Step 5:
Adjust the voltage so you can become different colors.

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The voltages I tried (with pictures):
13.8v (normal power supply for all your RC stuff)

How to anodize titanium turnbuckles Articles

38.4v (a little bit lighter AE blue)

How to anodize titanium turnbuckles Articles

The higher I went the more lighter is got. If you have 7-8 9volt batteries you can get a gold color. (Like Ryan Cavelieri’s turnbuckles).

How to anodize titanium turnbuckles Articles

Sylvain Lafrance

Sylvain Lafrance

Hello, my name is Sylvain Lafrance and I am the man behind MyRCBox.com. I have bought my first hobby grade RC in the early 90s. With years, what that started as a simple hobby, quickly became a strong passion. I am so much passionate about R/C that I have created MyRCBox.com in 2006 to share my experiences with R/C products that I use for racing and bashing. Follow me !

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