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Anodizing Yoke magnesium parts

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I have searched and come up with nothing for anodizing the magnesium parts on these cars. Anyone know if it can be done without destroying the parts?

If no one knows, I will report back when I attempt it.

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Re: Anodizing Yoke magnesium parts

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As far as I understand, magnesium doesn't anodize. there are specialized coatings that magnesium parts are subjected to when used in military applications, like alodine(sp?) or something like that.

I would worry that the anodizing bath will cause major shape degradation of the parts, especially tapped holes.

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I looked back at the Kyosho forum beacuse Jay Dub had some Optima kunckles anodized which he said they came out greyish.

Were the Optima parts magnesium, I thought they were?

I really need to get this figured out.

Thanks for the help.

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Re: Anodizing Yoke magnesium parts

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Magnesium can be anodized. The coating is not as durable as aluminum's, so the resultant oxidized surface is usually just used as a primer for further coating or painting. Also, there is no dying involved, so you end up with a tan/brownish color to a green. It's not very attractive.

The Optima parts are aluminum; I don't recall Kyosho using magnesium for anything.

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Re: Anodizing Yoke magnesium parts

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Well crap.

Thank you for the info. I was certain the Optimas knuckles were magnesium because they look so similar to the Yoke parts.

Well I guess I need to find a rear aluminum bulkhead and an aluminum motor plate.

Thanks for the info.

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Re: Anodizing Yoke magnesium parts

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The Kyosho steering knuckles are aluminum. The cast versions dont't anodize well. And I don't think the magnesium parts will "anodise". It is merely a conversion coating to prep it for another type of coating (like stated before). You could paint them, after some type of conversion coating. Speak with your local plater for options. -Jeff

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