Some anodizing I did for the faceplate of the new Audio Sensibility speakers! This is a solid slab of 6061 aluminum. This was polished to a mirror finish then anodized using a special process I have to keep maximum shine in black. These guys also upgraded some speakers that I mentioned in an earlier post. Sounds amazing! Check out their website...well known for the best audio cables: http://audiosensibility.com
Precision Billet brake levers are now complete. These are logo free and can be purchased at www.torontocycles.com and will be soon updated at www.precisionbillet.com. We will be doing some custom anodizing, splash and streak. Soon we should have custom laser engraving but might be a few months away. Titanium crank bolts with press on collars will be done shortly: photo below.
Just some pics of mirror I did on the black part in the center. Reflection is some parts and a bike hanging from the ceiling. The purple on the left is overcast with black (not polished) and looks black at discrete angles. I'll follow up sometime about polishing aluminum. Mirror anodizing is a slightly different technique.
Silver is very easy to anodize since there is no color added. The base finish, like all anodizing will have a large result on the finish. I like polished as much as possible. If you have a mirror finish the anodizing will tend to pull the grains out of the mirror finish but should reflect really well. Blasted or etched will look whiter. The photo isn't that great (hard to take pics of silver) but you can see the reflection of the black pipes in the part. A few little tricks: I do short anodizing time, about half needed for dye. To check the surface (Since bleach testing wont work), after sealant, use mother's aluminum polish. if anodized it will not blacken. On sealant I just use boiling water as most sealants have a tinge of green. Totally fresh water too as any residue dye can soak in and cause a cast of color. A few drops of blue is a little trick I have found. In person (camera make it look yellowish) the above part has a blue tinge. The eye sees blue in the spectrum as silver and this helps offset yellow and grey casting in the part.