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Old July 1st, 2013, 10:31 AM
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Blackening steel...

Well once more into the uncharted waters of weird shiz you do for your truck.
I have a TON of little this and thats like nut plates and clips and you name its. Being the cheap SOB that I am, I don't really feel like spending the almost $200 for genuine 2A door hardware nut plates, so I'm going to blacken the old ones.
From what I have found it pretty much involves simply plopping the items into boiling lye. Since I have lots of wide open space, and a pot to boil lye in, I'm gonna go for it.
The cold blackening that sells on the web is really just copper that reacts with the iron to form a very thin coating which offers no corrosion protection. The hot method is the way to go.
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Old July 1st, 2013, 10:55 AM
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I'd be interested in seeing your results. I was thinking at one point about using this stuff:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/245...-gallon-liquid
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There's also a place in WI that sells a mid-temp blackening solution. It's pretty much just lye and saltpeter. A gallon of the stuff is $60 plus a 20 buck hazmat fee. I think I can find some Lye at the grocery store and the saltpeter I think I can order online.
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I don't know if it's available at the consumer level, but there is a process called black-oxide that is long lasting. It is a dull finish.
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