Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

On a hunch, I decided to try and spray some stripper onto an UNpainted lamp. I just couldn't figure out why in the world only the inside of the cap anodised! I knew why the base didn't, and that's because I didn't connect the power correctly, but the cap? My friend who is helping me said something about aluminum being pre-anodised sometimes in order to seal it to keep it from oxidizing...but how did they anodise it without getting ALL of it? There must be something sprayed on there...

...And there WAS!

After letting the stripper sit upon the lamp parts for a few minutes I wiped it off to find that it removed a layer of...something...from the aluminum! THAT is what was keeping the parts from anodising!

And I can get that crap OFF!

YAY! I am SO going to try again to anodise tomorrow...

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Comment by lava luva ~ Tiffany on October 25, 2012 at 3:09pm

oh okay well i hope it all works out for you...dont give up! it will all come together  ;)

in the mean time do you know of any good metallic red paint?

Comment by Loren on October 25, 2012 at 11:16am

Oh hey, Tiff! Thanks! I wish I could report that it's going well. :( I had to take back yet another power supply...that was my 5th. I'm going to have to A) stop using car battery chargers because they all won't work in different ways, and B) keep things in my budget, which is under what I'm seeing for variable, constant voltage power supplies. I still haven't given up though, whenever I have time I keep looking, and asking around.

Comment by lava luva ~ Tiffany on October 22, 2012 at 11:56pm

hey loren, hows the annodizing going?...i was wondering...if i can ever get my hands on a wizard cap would you be able to annodize it red for me? id pay for this of course. i just think it would look so much nicer annodized then if i were to try to paint it.

Comment by Loren on September 28, 2012 at 1:07am

Yes! YAY indeed! :D

And I think you are right, Gwen! I used this particular lamp to experiment on because there was already a scratch on it. The stripper took it right off! So yes, there WAS a scratch on the lamp, but the coating did protect the actual lamp itself from being scratched. It would have been a lot worse on the bare metal.:) Again, Yay!

Comment by lava luva ~ Tiffany on September 28, 2012 at 12:14am

YAY!

Comment by Gwen Williams on September 27, 2012 at 11:58pm

Bet you they spray lacquer the Aluminum so it stays shiny and scratch resistant 

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