Originally Posted by LDBennett
I would have anodized the bead blasted 10/22 parts if I had the tools required, but I didn't. The whole of the modification was done perhaps 10 years ago and the bead blasted parts have lost little of their luster, surprisingly. I am beginning to believe that the anodizing is probably un-necessary if you keep your hand off the bead blasted parts and clean the outer surfaces of the gun regularly with gun solvent. But if you handle the blasted aluminum you can get a blackening of the hands as with any raw aluminum piece. With an oil or even the residue of oil from my solvent tank I am not even seeing that.
Anyway your efforts are very good but a bit too embellished for my likes. We all get to choose. I also don't like engraved guns. But that's just me. I do like the anodizing done on your trigger guard. My choice of colors might be different than yours but again it is all personal choice. A gun is probably a perfect canvas for artistic endeavors.
Can you explain what is involved in the anodizing you have chosen to do? What equipment is required as well as what supplies? What is the process? I am curious as to what can be done at home for a reasonable investment, not that I will be doing it.
LD, I will probably do a blasted only piece one day, but not today. I too don't like engraving either but on some pistols it does look good. Like you said, it is not for everyone, to each his own. I am a fan of polished and brushed. Yes, I believe the firearm is a canvas too.
As for anodizing, check out this link. It is a good site and has alot of info for someone that wants to start a garage anodizing set up.