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Old 08-01-2020, 6:58 PM
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Default Re-anodizing ar pistol lower

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I have a AR Pistol that I bought during the good ol SSE days. Its a Spikes lower with the punisher logo and markings filled in from factory. I hate flashy looking lowers (it was the only thing the dealer had at the time) and recently I've been thinking of sending the lower to get re-anodized. My only concern was it has markings on the right side of the lower stating that its a registered pistol. If I get it re-anodized am I good to go as long as I carry around the copy of the FFL paperwork?

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Old 08-01-2020, 7:21 PM
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Markings are printed or engraved? If printed, why not get someone like TAR HEEL to engrave it before anodizing or cerakote stuff
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Old 08-01-2020, 7:24 PM
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Markings are printed or engraved? If printed, why not get someone like TAR HEEL to engrave it before anodizing or cerakote stuff
It's etched on very lightly. That's definitely not a bad idea and i'll consider it but I would rather have less markings on it.

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Old 08-01-2020, 7:28 PM
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Honestly, I'd just carry the papers if concerned. The chances of running into an issue are slim
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Old 08-01-2020, 7:31 PM
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That's what I was thinking. I always carry around a copy of the paperwork with me inside the case.
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Old 08-02-2020, 5:34 AM
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Stripping and reanodizing is a PITA with thick type III hardcoat ano. After you strip the ano off itís going to look super rough, so probably have to re do the abrasive blasting. Itís also going to change it dimensionally but probably not enough to affect function to be honest. In theory the engraving will stay the same depth because the acid theyíre going to use will etch away the oxide/metal there also.

Are you planning to have them grind out the punisher logo and blend the area before they re anodize it? The etch they do to strip the ano isnít going to remove that engraving.
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Old 08-02-2020, 5:58 AM
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Has to go to ffl licensed anodizer or yu must be present when work done.
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I dont see the need to reanodize unless you are trying to change the color of the type III
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Old 08-02-2020, 11:40 AM
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Has to go to ffl licensed anodizer or yu must be present when work done.
I'm sending in the lower to New Frontier Arms who is a licensed FFL thankfully.
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Old 08-02-2020, 11:42 AM
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OK good to go.
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Old 08-02-2020, 11:44 AM
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Stripping and reanodizing is a PITA with thick type III hardcoat ano. After you strip the ano off it’s going to look super rough, so probably have to re do the abrasive blasting. It’s also going to change it dimensionally but probably not enough to affect function to be honest. In theory the engraving will stay the same depth because the acid they’re going to use will etch away the oxide/metal there also.

Are you planning to have them grind out the punisher logo and blend the area before they re anodize it? The etch they do to strip the ano isn’t going to remove that engraving.
I don't plan on filling in the engraving. I just want to get rid of the color filling. Personally its kind of obnoxious seeing a bright white punisher logo & selector markings when I look at the pistol.
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Old 08-02-2020, 12:12 PM
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Just color/paint over it.
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Old 08-02-2020, 12:19 PM
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My buddy has the same lower, but direct from spikes they donít fill in the engraving with white, itís black like the rest of the finish, and you hardly notice it. Just paint over the white with black, it will disappear. You might be able to remove the white from the engraving, depending on who painted it with what.
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Just color/paint over it.
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What he said
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My buddy has the same lower, but direct from spikes they don’t fill in the engraving with white, it’s black like the rest of the finish, and you hardly notice it. Just paint over the white with black, it will disappear. You might be able to remove the white from the engraving, depending on who painted it with what.
I thought about just filling it in but the anodizing service is so cheap I would rather just send it in. I'm not sure if Spikes still fills in the engravings but it definitely came filled in from the factory like these lowers.


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Spike's uses paint in the engravings. It is similar if not Testor paint. Could probably used a paint thinner/remover to get it out of there.
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Old 08-02-2020, 4:23 PM
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Dont worry about the PISTOL markings. Just worry about the serial number because that is what determine if it is registered as a pistol or not. I suggest get DLC or Black Nitride finish if possible.
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Spike's uses paint in the engravings. It is similar if not Testor paint. Could probably used a paint thinner/remover to get it out of there.
This is a great point. The thinner won't hurt the anodized finish, so just might do the trick. OP, I hadn't seen the painted ones before; learn something new everyday!

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Old 08-04-2020, 4:34 PM
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My fear would be the lower is lost during shipping. If it's lost your SOL.

You might call Spikes and see if they did paint lowers. If they did, how would they recommend removing the paint.
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Old 08-04-2020, 8:31 PM
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You have to understand shipping the current anodized is going to open up hole dimensions. You will have to reanodize .0005" thicker then original thickness if you can figure that out (measure hole before and after to figure out depth).

Or you can mask all holes $$$$ before stripping.
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Old 08-05-2020, 1:36 AM
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Thanks for everyones input. I also sent an email to Spikes and i'm waiting for a reply back but looking at the color fill it looks like they used some kind of enamel/acrylic paint. I'm going to stop by local hardware store today to pick up some enamel thinner/lacquer thinner/mineral spirits and see how it goes. Will update the thread later with the results.

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salt or acid etching is cheap
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