What Is It With You & Aluminum Anodizing, Man?

I’ll tell you what it is with me and aluminum anodizing (man): this process slightly blows my mind. Not my whole mind, but part of it; about a third, maybe. So slightly, but not completely.

‘Cause think about it: you put aluminum stuff in a pool of the gods only know what kind of chemicals, add enough electricity to wipe out a herd of goats, and a little extra coloring sauce of some kind, and BAM! Not only is your aluminum stronger and harder than it was before, now it’s blue. Or red, or purple, or orange or yellow or green or whatever. And it’s not like you just painted it—any jerk can paint metal to make it a different color. With aluminum anodizing, you actually make the metal be a different color. With science. And electricity.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t know how much electricity this process requires. It probably varies by how much aluminum you’re anodizing, or how thick it is, or something like that. But it’s probably not actually enough to kill a bunch of goats. Maybe one goat, two tops. But that would be mean. Leave the poor goats alone, dang it. All they ever wanted was to chew on stuff and have their milk be made into delicious cheese. Is that so awful? Is it?!?

Okay. Rant ended. Hooray goats.

Kev Dog the Evil Ice Man

So, if you’re like me, you ate way too much cheese over the holiday. I tried to hold back, but the Kev Dog needs him his gouda fix, braj.

Or, if you’re like me in a different way, you spent summers during your college years painting houses. It’s actually not a bad gig if you can get it. The pay is usually just a little over jack squat, but at least you get to be outside in the fresh air and you get the day off whenever it rains. Now, most of the time, the work itself wasn’t too difficult, ’cause how hard is painting? Not very.

Preparing a house for painting, however, is a really pain in the tuckus. Scraping and stripping the existing paint for 600 straight hours is not my idea of an awesome day on the job. So when I came across a website touting steam stripping systems, I immediately thought about how I could put such a thing to use in prepping a house.

I came to find out (after a bit more reading) that steam stripping is not really used for removing paint, and would be prohibitively expensive for such a task, but a guy can dream, can’t he? After spending far too much time thinking about how to make it work, I also realized that, oh yeah, I don’t work as a house painter anymore and haven’t for like five years. And even if I did, it’s the middle of winter and so cold here that the steam would probably just freeze solid, instantly killing anyone caught in its icy grip.

Hmm… maybe I could find a use for it after all. Mwa-ha-ha-haha-haha-haa!