Weathering aluminum parts like my DL44 Blaster Flash Hider in the dishwasher

METATRON

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Hi, I‘m working on a Star Wars costume at the moment (see my other threads) and found a nice way for weathering Aluminum parts. Just put them in the dishwasher. Something you should never do with aluminum kitchen stuff.
Here my DL44 flash hider before, new and shiny:

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And after one round for an hour. But be careful, to much and it could be overdone. Then you have to polish your part and try it again.
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7-11 Jedi

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Weird. After reading your thread, I tried it with an aluminum flash hider I had. Came out sparkling and shiny. Did you use detergent?
 

scarf man

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Weird. After reading your thread, I tried it with an aluminum flash hider I had. Came out sparkling and shiny. Did you use detergent?
Pixelpiper posted a lot of info about the dishwasher trick a few years ago in the Luke V2 thread,
keep reading for a few pages, the info is a bit spread out.
 

eethan

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Weird. After reading your thread, I tried it with an aluminum flash hider I had. Came out sparkling and shiny. Did you use detergent?
I think you need to use an oxigen based detergent, like oxiclean for instance. some detergent will not do anything.
I have also read that wraping your part into aluminium fold would increase the effect.
 

METATRON

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I think you need to use an oxigen based detergent, like oxiclean for instance. some detergent will not do anything.
I have also read that wraping your part into aluminium fold would increase the effect.
Hi, very interesting. I’m using these little dishwasher tablets. Maybe your have different ingredients? Could be. I also have to fill the machine with a special salt from time to time. On the package it’s written that’s the ingredients are phosphate, polycarboxylate, bleach and soaps.
It’s a store brand. For the German folks:
Ich nehme die DM Marke von Denk mit.
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