How to age aluminum parts to look ANCIENT.

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  1. Newbcaster

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    You know, to look dark, dank, like someone unearthed it from a viking tomb in 630 AD.
     
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    Muriatic acid FUMES. DO NOT let the acid touch the metal, just the fumes.
     
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    There's a bathroom cleaning product called The Works.

    I don't know what's in it, but it
    a. Does a great job of cleaning porcelain toilets and sinks
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    b. It does a wicked job of staining and discoloring silverware and stainless steel sinks

    It would likely do the job on your aluminum bits and parts.

    :(

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    You can controll the blackness with the different application time and preparation level (sanding).
     
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    That would consume the aluminum and release toxic gas
     
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    I envisioned some experimental applications of a short duration, with nearly immediate rinsing-off, and burnishing with sandpaper as necessary.

    Either that, or he could leave his bits and parts in a Viking tomb for 1,389 years.

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    That probably would do it. Maybe just wipe on a thin layer and let it "work"
     
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    what happens when acid touches metal in this case?
     
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    Aluminium corrodes pretty fast and turns to oxide... keep the acid/alkali weak....

    I doubt if there is any ancient Ali dug out of the ground...especially if there's any salt around... ;)
     
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    Aluminum looks pretty bad when it oxidizes, turning into a white powder.
     
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    Aluminum looks pretty bad when it oxidizes, turning into a white powder.
    Not sure if that's what you want.
     
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    Aluminum looks pretty bad when it oxidizes, turning into a white powder.
    Not sure if that's what you want.
     
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    Apparently this was important enough for me to post 3x.
     
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    Just how ancient?
    Aluminum was used at least 7,000 years ago and our modern discovery of this valuable metal is nothing but a re-invention based on knowledge our ancestors already possessed.

    While excavating in Iraq, archaeologists discovered pottery produced around 5,300 B.C. These artifacts were made of clay that contained aluminum.

    http://www.ancientpages.com/2017/07...ears-ago-long-metals-official-invention-1825/
     
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    Aluminum does not rot gracefully.
     
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    "Lonn said:
    Muriatic acid FUMES. DO NOT let the acid touch the metal, just the fumes.

    what happens when acid touches metal in this case?"

    The metal melts, especially the old zinc trem blocks. Found that out the hard way.
     
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    I tried to use ferric chloride on an aluminum control plate from Rock Rabbit and it bubbled the chrome right off in less than 3 seconds. Not ideal. But then I polished it back a bit and it looks reasonable.
     
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    Aluminum looks crappy as it oxidizes. It gets bumpy and riddled with white "warts". If you want it dark, find a translucent tinted polyurethane coating you can apply in coats until you get the effect you want.
     
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    Leave it outside for a month or two. Sprinkle some salt on it occasionally.
     
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