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Old 09-03-2017, 8:44 AM
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Hey Gang, does aluminum blackening actually work? Have an aluminum trigger I would like Black.. Thanks for your thoughts..
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I've used Birchwood Casey "Aluminnum Black" to touch up scratches, and I've found that if the scratches are relatively fresh (recent), it seems to work fairly well.

I think it will not work very well (if at all) on aluminum which has developed a substantial oxide layer such as an old scratch, or on clear anodized aluminum.

So if your trigger has a clear anodized layer, it probably won't do very much.

The other unknown factor (in my experience at least) is how well the blackened surface will hold up on something like a trigger - due to contact with your finger - if you shoot the gun frequently.

The few times I've used it involved scratched areas that normally don't have frequent contact with anything that might rub the surface.

I think an anodized and dyed (or possibly electro-colored) surface would hold up much better.

BTW it looks like there are some decent youtube videos on the subject of aluminum blackening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXFZQlmIQ7s
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