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Old 04-21-2005, 10:38 PM
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Anodizing 1911 Parts

i would like to anodize parts of my KJW para 1911 but in order to do so the parts must be made of aluminum or an aluminum alloy. so my question is, does anyone know what type of metal makes up the KJW 1911?
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Old 04-21-2005, 10:50 PM
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I would also like to know. What color would you be doing yours? I kinda want to do mine with an Olive Drab Frame, like on this Wilson Combat I saw.
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I worked in scrap metals one summer and generaly:

1. Iron and steel are magnetic (steel comes from iron)
2. Aluminum shines
3. Zinc is dull in color, but shines if you scratch it, and is fairly maluable
4. Lead is always dull in color and fairly soft
5. I belive cast iron tends to have dark spots in it
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I worked in scrap metals one summer and generaly:

1. Iron and steel are magnetic (steel comes from iron)
2. Aluminum shines
3. Zinc is dull in color, but shines if you scratch it, and is fairly maluable
4. Lead is always dull in color and fairly soft
5. I belive cast iron tends to have dark spots in it
I did these tests, and here are the results.

1. It is not magnetic, except for the guide rod.

2.It does seem to have a good shine flat shine to it, nothing sparkling, so it might be Zinc.

3. Mine hasn't been scratched yet.
EDIT: Did you mean to say valuable? I'm not sure what maluable is.
4. I've had small lead weights in springers before, and this isn't NEAR as soft as lead.

5. Mine is all one color (at least the paint, again.)

I am banking on this being Aluminum or Zinc, but probably Zinc because it's got a bit of heft to it.
Thanks for the info Enoch!
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Old 04-22-2005, 03:29 PM
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[EDIT: Did you mean to say valuable? I'm not sure what maluable is.
maluable means the metal is soft and can be reformed fairly easily.
and i too thank you enoch for the info and thanks JL for the tests.
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The word you're looking for is "malleable."
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So I guess it might be aluminum now, because I'm not sure its very malleable, or I don't want to find out

BTW: These tests are not offical, I did them here on my desk, but I dont think these require any machinery or stuff.

When my guns gets scratched or the paint chips, I'll report back.



Update: Using Bobby's test, it would appear to be aluminum.
I offer no warranty that it is, so if it isn't (small chance) don't hold me responsible.
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If it looks like it has been cast in a mold then it is probably zinc, if it looks like it was machined then it is probably aluminum. Check the inside and look for machine cuts and rough corners. If it has no casting marks anywhere and a pocketknife won't easily gouge it for zinc is quite soft then it must be aluminum, or possibly some top secret super alloy that only oriental airsoft companies have access to
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Actually it would be rare to get a pure zinc or a pure Aluminum part. And knowing KJW, its a probably a pretty cheap alloy of sorts. A mix of Zinc and Aluminum, or Zinc and some other metal(s).

Also, Aluminum can, and is cast as well. I highly doubt anything but a specialty aftermarket part (i.e. PGC, Shooters Design, Sheriff) would be machined on a KJW gun.

If you really wanted to do it, and have it stick, and if you wanted different colors (such as OD) You could powder coat it. But, if you wanted the Anodized look, but I would only do it with a pure metal slide (such as a CNCed slide.)
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