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.
Originally Posted by The Count
IMHO jeweling only looks good when it is 100% accurate. Kudos for doing by hand but you might be better off bead blasting....
I realized I made a mstake and ran the piece on the polish wheel after I jeweled it and it washed it out too much. I also saw my errs in jeweling and re did the whole thing. It looks much better now. I posted those pics and saw how sloppy it really came out. It is now 100% better. The back of the receiver won't even be seen so I am not worried about that. I also redid the bolt, held more pressure to get a better cut on the metal. When the build is finished and I post the pics you can be the judge. I do appreciate others input and I can learn from everyone, but in the end I know it is my gun. Thanks to all, so far.....