Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict
Been wondering when you were gonna do your coating and post about it.
Well I did the coating about a month ago- but I did not want to post about it right away if it was not durable...
I am very pleased with it. It is extremely scratch resistant- though a diamond can easily scratch it. Of all the coatings- this seems to be the best within affordable limits.
It is not self annealing... which I am also considering.. for a another run.... but self annealing finishes are very thick- and some can peel... You might have to engineer the entire casing with a thick coating like this in mind.
There is another type of coating I could do... but the issue really is the softness of the underlying aluminum... Yes you can hard coat anodize things.... but I have a type 3 hard anodized Surefire flashlight- and if you drop it.. it scratches...
The soft underlying Aluminum on the surefire flashlights makes it chip.
I might use a urethane based coating... for the next one.
That coating is actually cool because it has Urethane type properties to cushion it in a fall- reducing the chance for chipping.
I'd like to experiment with more coatings..and if someone would buy this black Millett I would certainly try other ones out to determine the best choice.
The better coatings would be ones that could by applied to titanium (which is much harder than Aluminium) like TiCN and ALTiCN- but then costs rises significantly... Of course so does the total Bling factor.. for ridiculous costs I can also coat with synthetic diamond... which as I have seen samples...looks AMAZING... but the cost is just too high.....uh...errr...... still want.....must have.......... must resist....