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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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Couldn't resist!

I know I am but what are you?!

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

. 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.

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!

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.

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

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

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