Anodizing

What is anodizing?

Anodizing is an electrochemical process that creates a thin controled coating of aluminum oxide on the surface of a metal part. This layer is a part of the aluminum, and is very durable and highly resistant to corrosion, discoloration, and wear. It also cannot be chipped or pealed, like paint or other coatings. Comprised of microscopic pores, the surface of an anodized part can be injected with colored dye to create a colorful and metallic appearance. The metal is then boiled to seal the pores, locking in the color.

Pricing

*10 piece minimum for all anodizing. All prices are up to 20 pieces, unless otherwise noted. $8 per additional piece over 20

*Combo refers to any combination of 2 non-standard anodizing effects (Ie: Fade with a splatter, acid wash with a splatter, etc..)

Additional anodizing services

What counts as a piece?

Each individual aluminum piece counts towards your total piece count. Make sure the gun is completely broken down before you count. If you're unsure how to count the pieces on your gun, you can refer to this diagram

Do you color match?

Unfortunately, anodizing is not an exact science. Many different factors play into color anodizing. Aluminum alloy, texture/finish, and shape can all have an affect on the color and shade for each piece. We do our best to match custom colors, but a 100% match simply isn't possible. When deciding on a color, we recommend choosing from colors already listed in our gallery, as this will ensure the closest possible match. If you still wish to do a custom color, we will do our best to come as close as possible to that color. But we must stress that a 100% color match simply isn't possible.

If you have a part with the color you're tyring to match, be sure to clearly label that piece as a sample. Photo color samples work as well, but we prefer to have a solid piece for reference.

What do I have to do?

Before your gun can be anodized, it must be completely disassembled, and free of dirt and oil. Paintball guns are filled with steel, aluminum, plastic, and rubber parts that are vulnerable to heat and electricity. Forgetting to remove a part from the gun could result in destroying that particular part, or unexpected color reactions. All internals, orings, set screws, and jewels/emblems must be removed prior to anodizing. If you're unsure about what needs to be removed from your gun, you can email us, or give us a call at 714-226-0010 Monday-Saturday 12-8pm PST and we'll walk you through the process. If you're uncomfortable taking apart your gun, we offer disassembly and reassembly for an additional $50. This involves setting both regulators, and chronographing the gun before returning it to you.

Once the gun is completely disassembled, organize the pieces into your new color scheme. Put each color into separate sealable bags, with the piece count and color written on the front of the bag.

Here are some samples of our anodizing

Check out our gallery for more examples. Filter by color, gun, and anodizing style

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