Armed with some simple supplies I headed to the garage. I first cut some blocks of wood so I could straighten the deco. One was cut to fit perfectly in the slot where the rubber insert goes, the other spread the load across the back. Next I used my heat gun and heated the heck out of the spot I wanted to straighten. When it was well heated, the blocks of wood in place, it took a few smacks with my hammer to get it to where I thought it would be acceptable.
Following this I laid the deco outside on a table and sprayed the Easy Off and let it sit until it was bubbling- about 1/2 hour. A good bath in soapy water was next.
The result of this is that the deco seems to have 95% of the anodizing removed. It is now blotchy and has a kind of milky appearance.
Next comes sanding with various stages of wet/dry sandpaper. My goal is not to reach perfection- it is to have a very nice appearance with perhaps a few small nicks for patina.
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