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Love my Copper Maratac, hate the black clip...FIXED!!!!

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by =RedFox=, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. =RedFox=

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    I really think they dropped the ball by putting a black clip on the copper Maratac. I think it detracts from the beauty of this little light.

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    I posted a thread asking for advice on the possibility of copper plating and got some great input from you guys.
    I checked with a local company and the cost to get it plated was about the same as I paid for the light, so that was a no go.
    So I did some googling, found some home copper plating kits, but again they were about the cost of the light.
    Then I found some information about using Vinegar and Salt!
    Fantastic! I have that already, no cost!!

    Time for a science experiment...
     
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    Removed the clip and sanded it back

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    Made up solution of Vinegar and Salt. Put the clip in with a Copper coupling I had lying around. Haven't spent a cent so far :)

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    The information I read implied it wouldn't take very long, maybe a couple of hours. But after 24 hours, nothing!!
     
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    After some more googling I decided to add electricity.
    And threw in an old copper bracelet too.

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    Apparently this would speed up the process?
    I could see tiny little bubbles, woohoo...getting excited.
     
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    Here we are, first pic is after 24 hrs, not really seeing much, so put it back in. Second pic after another 24 hrs..hmmm is it starting to change?? Another 24 hrs..definitely can see something going on!! Yeah cool! Another 24 hrs...I think it still needs more time..

    And here it is after another 24 hrs

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    This is really starting to look like its worked. Time to wipe it off and see how it looks...
     
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    Was more like copper dust than copper plating and wiped straight off with a paper towel.

    Ok, more googling to do..
     
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    More information.. Time to step it up now.
    I'm kinda digging getting all sciency at this point.
    Can you tell I don't like to let go once I'm moving in a certain direction?
    Ordered some Copper Sulfate and Sulfuric Acid from Ebay, $5 each.
    cleaned up the clip again

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    Made up the solution and here we go again for take 3

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    Awesome!! It developed a coating almost instantaneously.
    Gonna leave it for a little while though..


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    Looking good..


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    Ok, time to take it out I reckon


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    This looks very promising, lets see what happens when I clean it up....
     
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    Oh :censored: Now I've gone and done it!!
     
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    Made a thread asking if anyone had a spare clip that they didn't use, EveryDayBeer came to the rescue.
    I offered to pay something more than once while we talked in pm, but he refused any money and mailed it to me.
    This community never ceases to amaze me.
     
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    Did some more googling and found one guy who said he'd had more luck copper plating a cigarette case by just rubbing the solution on with a Q-tip rather than submerging it.
    So I made up a solution with less acid this time. Sanded back my new clip, courtesy of EveryDayBeer, and gave it a try

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    Did absolutely nothing!!
     
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    By now I was just about ready to completely give up.
    I was in the local Hardware Store getting something completely unrelated and saw this

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    Could it really be that simple??
    Bought it for $7.99

    Gave the clip a real good sanding and cleaning with acetone, and put 3 very light coats on over a couple of days

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    Looks :censored:ing great!
    I'm not sure if the paint comes without the "Hammered" effect, would probably look better without it, but that was what was on the store shelf.
    Gave it a little rub and put it back on the light...
     
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    What do you think?

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    Its a little darker than the flashlight, but my light hardly has any patina yet.
    And I don't know how well it will wear, but I do have 99.9999% of a can left to touch it up with.
     
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    I think you are very persistent and that it paid off :D
     
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    Had fun reading this, thanks for sharing. The ups, the downs... Hahaha. Glad it worked out, looks great.
     
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    Looks like you learned a lot. I bet it was fun in hindsight. Looks good.
     
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    I did really enjoy the whole trip, woulda been a real shame if it had all ended when the clip got eaten by the acid because my mix was too strong and I left it too long. EveryDayBeers contribution really completed the saga
     
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    Thanks for posting, that was a great thread. Good-looking-out by EveryDayBeer. As the ultimate form of flattery...I am so copying you! Thank for the trial and error!
     
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    That looks amazing! whodathunk rustoleum woulda looked so pro?!
     
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    Genius, I admire your dedication. It turned out very nicely.

    Sent from the Droid you weren't looking for.
     
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    Love your enthusiasm came out great.
     
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