Originally Posted by mattywp
I know a guy here on the front range that had his entire diamond plated frame powder coated (white) locally for $100. He gave me the name and I called them to check. It was true. I could get the name again if you like. However, anodizing would last longer. I anodized all my fittings so that they wouldn't discolor my tubes.
$100 is CHEAP!!
What did you pay for the fittings?
Cast grade aluminum isn't supposed to be as easy or consistent to anodize.
Originally Posted by garyherballeaf
The seal on clear anodizing is hot water nickel-acetate. You can wash it off in warm water sodium hydroxide, aka lye, aka drain cleaner. This allows a chemical bond for painting.
Yes and no.
The seal on clear anodizing is really no seal at all. It is the anodizing itself. It is Aluminum oxide and is harder than just about anything but diamonds.
You are correct that a caustic bath will remove it, but I wouldn't want to substitute a permanent finish like anodizing in favor of paint!