Sadly, not exactly. It's a bit hard to find examples of this on the internet because most people (let's just assume nearly all) who do anodizing want a nice, clean finish. Nice pictures end up on the internet. Ugly examples don't.... and I'm seeking ugly in this instance. The closest example I could find that come close is the following, pulled from a recently completed eBay listing for some KCNC brakes that the owner messed up on:
It's awfully close to what I'm looking for. Perhaps with a bit of the original color degraded, maybe if it started off as gold or red, the end result would look stained/rusted and in decay even though it's aluminum. The same could be done for the seatpost and stem (even the crank). A sort of beautiful ugly.
The purpose? When the build actually comes together I'll post a background on it, but a brief description would be "unattractive urban high performance stealth bike."
I figured I would ask around to see if anyone has attempted similar intentionally. Usually when chemicals are used to clean off the anodized layer, the chemicals are washed away along with what was removed. In this case I want to keep the look and not have the harsh chemicals continue to eat into the metal, threatening the strength of the metal. I don't know too much about metals/chemicals and want to learn more.
At the moment I'm debating whether to take this degraded route, or move more towards a subdued 'gunmetal' all around look.
Masking liquid?! I'm intrigued! Do you have more information about this. I'm already thinking I could use that same technique for other purposes too!
Thanks for the ideas everyone, it's helpful.
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