Originally Posted by WoodysKJ
Is anybody gonna answer or attempt to answer one of my first questions?
Has Anybody done this, besides Spitz'z Raw Forging build?
I was drinking coffee and realized I had not addressed this.
The biggest reason to anodize is corrosion resistance. Aluminum doesn't rust but it will corrode which does funky things to the integrity of the material. It also gets scaly and makes a mess which is not good for the inside of a gun.
Now, I haven't anodized mine yet (because I can't find a local engraver who will touch it with a 10ft pole) and it shows no signs of corrosion but keep in mind it's being stored in a climate controlled area and it got a wipe down with some oil just like steel to protect it.
There are also different types of anodizing....hard, bright, etc....Hard anodizing is extremely tough and offers great protection and wear. If you are building a SHTF, zombie apocalypse gun I would highly recommend it.
Bright gives you a glossy like finish and IMO would look ghey on a gun.
Most guns get a "standard" type of anodizing which results in a matt type finish we are all used to seeing on ARs and such.
Anodizing also doesn't add thickness to the material like most coatings and the process actually helps to smooth machining marks in the material. Bright anodizing REALLY smooths them out, it will make a .005" deep scratch disappear!!
The others....not so much.