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Saltwater Etch question - Rubber Answered

Hey y'all, I have another question related to etching my iPod. I took it apart, and now have the aluminum housing with a piece of rubber (latex?) connected to it (the buttons). Do y'all think that the saltwater or current would have any negative effects on it? Thanks!

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zachninme (author)2007-12-13

YOU ARE

Red

Neck

Oreo


Couldn't resist!

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Bran (author)zachninme2007-12-13

I know I am but what are you?!

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Goodhart (author)Bran2007-12-13

Bran ? Does that make you a good "runner" ? (oh sorry, that pun may be a little over the top ) ,

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Bran (author)Goodhart2007-12-13

Hmm, I don't get it. Is it one of your "old" jokes? ;-)

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Goodhart (author)Bran2007-12-13

Bran = fiber, too much fiber = "the runs" just my sick humor, sorry.

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Bran (author)Goodhart2007-12-13

Haha! I get it! One of my teachers even calls me Fiber, to make fun of my name.

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Goodhart (author)Bran2007-12-13

Oh, sorry I didn't know it was your real name *blush* saunters off to take his place back in the corner again...

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Bran (author)Goodhart2007-12-13

Well, my *birth* name is Brian, but since so many people find it hard to spell (they've spelled it "Brain", "Bryan", etc.) I decided to make it easier. Plus, writing 5 whole letters really wears out my hand.

I'm planning on getting it legally changed eventually.

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Goodhart (author)Bran2007-12-13

Oh ok, Bran would normally be short for Brandon, but I understand.

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Skyfinity (author)Goodhart2007-12-15

wait, why aren't you red neck oreo anymore?

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Bran (author)Skyfinity2007-12-15

I felt it was time I changed my username. RedNeckOreo is one of my oldest nicknames, and doesn't really make sense to others. Bran is what I go by, and what I am used to.

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NachoMahma (author)2007-12-13

. If you are using a room temperature method, then you are probably OK with a few hours exposure. But I'm no expert.

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Bran (author)NachoMahma2007-12-13

Well, you're about the closest thing to an expert that I have at hand, so I'll trust you. Thanks!

Oh, by the way, I took the iPod apart (without any damage! Yay!) and am now sanding the whole thing, though the etching will most likely be only on the back.

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NachoMahma (author)Bran2007-12-15

. I'll suggest some type of clearcoat when you get done etching. Don't want it to start rusting on the inside once you get it back together.

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Bran (author)NachoMahma2007-12-15

I'm electroplating (or trying to, anyway) it right now, so I'll update you on that when it's done. I was figuring clearcoat would be the way to go, to prevent scratches and such. Thanks!

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Goodhart (author)2007-12-13

Saltwater does draw moisture to itself. But I haven't any clue as to how long it would take to start to dry out the rubber.

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NachoMahma (author)Goodhart2007-12-15

. From what I've read, it doesn't "dry out" the plastic/rubber, it leeches out the plasticizers and causes it to become brittle.

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Goodhart (author)NachoMahma2007-12-15

Yeah, sorry I am still thinking that we use rubber from plants *sigh*

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srikar06 (author)2007-12-13

salt has a tendency to erode things away....as long as you clean the rubber with some distilled water afterwards you should be fine

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