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    Default Heat Treatment/Torching to Color Stainless Steel and Titanium

    Lately, I've been seeing a lot of mods that are colored using the heat treatment/torching method. The results I've seen have varied greatly from spotty and poorly done to uniform, professional grade finishes. Some mods have many colors in the finish (JM 22) and some are finished in one uniform color like blue. (Nemesis)

    I would like to know if anyone has any insight on the processes for how this is done as I would like to do this myself one day. I have read things like a propane torch is best and that dipping in oil can affect color, but I can't confirm those things. I think how hot an area is treated can affect color as well. Any insights on how the coloring is controlled are welcome. I would also like to know if there is anyway the finish can be sealed or protected. I have read that sometimes the coloring can rub off very easily.

    If you own a heat treated mod or have heat treated some things before your contribution is much appreciated.

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    I believe Westamyx had some posts on the Reos Mods forum had some amazing success torching her SS atomizers (A7, Surface, ERA, Hornet), you may want to ask her. I had some horrible experiences with A7 -- I think I overheated it by a long shot, it actually glowed red. Looks fairly pretty now, but tastes like rust.

    Home-torched A7 warning

    This thread has pictures of her purple A7. She managed to match the colors to her mod.
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    Interesting read commie, seems as though there will be a lot of trial and error involved. i'm going to get some SS tubes and a propane torch and test out some of the things I've read someday.
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    Kind of. Westamyx mainly did the trial, and I mainly did the error. The error was either overheating the steel, or water quenching it afterwards. There's no visible rust, but I can't get the horrible taste out of it still, and cleaning it with a napkin after a day, the napkin comes up with slight rust stains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commie View Post
    I believe Westamyx had some posts on the Reos Mods forum had some amazing success torching her SS atomizers (A7, Surface, ERA, Hornet), you may want to ask her. I had some horrible experiences with A7 -- I think I overheated it by a long shot, it actually glowed red. Looks fairly pretty now, but tastes like rust.

    Home-torched A7 warning


    This thread has pictures of her purple A7. She managed to match the colors to her mod.
    I posted this in the thread you linked, but figured I might as well post here too.
    AGA-T2 top cap and copper drip tip torched. Looks kind steam punkish. I dig it.
    That was my first attempt at coloring ss with flame too. Seems the AGA is made of some good quality stuff. The inside of the cap is a really vibrant brass color now.
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    My next attempt will be after I get my telescopic Kir Fanis tube and top cap for my eVic. That'll look dead sexy I bet. If only there was a way to hit the selector ring and button on the control head.

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    Very cool TrainingDummy, The AGA-T may be something I do this with in the future. It seems the brass color is one of the possible colors you can get with torching. How hot did you get the AGA(glowing?), and did you heat it all at once or do small areas one by one?

    Here are some pics of mods I've found that have been torched. You can see how they vary greatly in how they turned out. This is why I want more info on the processes people use.

    Chi-You with a decent torch job


    JM-16 with a spotty, poor torch job


    Nemesis (note how instead of all the colors showing up in throughout the finish, they somehow manage to be able to control it and make it one uniform color)
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    Sero, those uniform colorings might be the result of a nitro bath, dipping in molten salt.
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    Interesting asdaq, I have heard of that method from a show about knife making. They would use the method to get a very pretty colored damascus grain pattern on knives. I will have to research it some more, but if it is possible with our tubes, we could get some interesting looks. It would definitely require a master craftsman though. This is pretty advanced stuff from what i gather.

    Here is the knife I'm talking about. It's titanium, but I think its possible with SS as well. Imagine a PV like this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sero View Post
    That is freakin amazing!
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