Anodized OD Green

Some notes regarding colored anodizing finishes:

We do our best to ensure the consistency and quality of our products. During manufacturing, we take great care in making sure that there are no surface imperfections by using a tightly controlled in-house deburring process and holding high quality control standards.

When it comes to colored anodizing and forged parts, certain imperfections usually hidden by the black anodizing process are easily seen due to the lighter pigment of the dye. Because these issues are inherent to the process, our definition of what constitutes a blemished item has been adjusted. Typical issues may include but are not limited to, graphite transfers from forging dies (black marks in the non-machined surface), the blending of machined and forged surfaces (visible blending that doesn't affect the smoothness of finish), shade variances, and areas of inconsistency in the dye uptake. For transparency, we wanted to go into greater detail on some aspects of the finish, so there are no surprises when purchasing one of our August Builder Sets.

Color Matching:

Anodizing is an electro-chemical process that can be affected by many variables. Material choice, dye or catalyst concentration, tank temperature, time in the dye/rinse tanks, and various other factors can affect the color of the final anodized part. Type 3 anodizing is especially susceptible to these changes. With our handguards being 6061 and receivers being 7075 aluminum, it becomes extremely difficult to get a perfect match. To help combat this we opted to use an enhanced type 2 anodizing for our handguards that offers better protection than the standard type 2 and better matches the type 3 anodizing found on the receivers. The colors will not be vastly different; however, the parts may show a small contrast depending on the lighting.

Uniformity:

When colored type 3 or modified type 2 anodizing is used, it is unlikely that you can achieve total consistency in the coating. Graphite transfer from the dyes, inconsistent dye uptake, and blending marks may remain visible through the comparatively transparent anodizing. You may also notice lines, shadows, and waves in color (ordinarily hidden on black receivers). Areas where the part was held in the anodizing tanks also block the anodizing from adhering to specific areas. While these items are unavoidable, we want to assure you that any receivers that show what we consider unreasonable uniformity issues will be treated as a blem. For example, if the receiver's entire side is covered in graphite transfers or inconsistent dye uptake, we consider that a blemished item.

Lighting:

Colored anodizing will appear different in various lighting conditions. When purchasing these sets, please be aware that the color you see under one form of lighting (LED/fluorescent/incandescent/sunlight/studio lighting) will shift once you bring them into a different light type. Your builder set will appear slightly different shades of green depending on the light. We take our photos in a studio with highly controlled lighting, so if your set appears to be a slightly different shade of green than it does on the website, that is why. We have included some various examples of the receivers in different lighting for you to reference.

Some notes regarding colored anodizing finishes:

We do our best to ensure the consistency and quality of our products. During manufacturing, we take great care in making sure that there are no surface imperfections by using a tightly controlled in-house deburring process and holding high quality control standards.

When it comes to colored anodizing and forged parts, certain imperfections usually hidden by the black anodizing process are easily seen due to the lighter pigment of the dye. Because these issues are inherent to the process, our definition of what constitutes a blemished item has been adjusted. Typical issues may include but are not limited to, graphite transfers from forging dies (black marks in the non-machined surface), the blending of machined and forged surfaces (visible blending that doesn't affect the smoothness of finish), shade variances, and areas of inconsistency in the dye uptake. For transparency, we wanted to go into greater detail on some aspects of the finish, so there are no surprises when purchasing one of our August Builder Sets.

Color Matching:

Anodizing is an electro-chemical process that can be affected by many variables. Material choice, dye or catalyst concentration, tank temperature, time in the dye/rinse tanks, and various other factors can affect the color of the final anodized part. Type 3 anodizing is especially susceptible to these changes. With our handguards being 6061 and receivers being 7075 aluminum, it becomes extremely difficult to get a perfect match. To help combat this we opted to use an enhanced type 2 anodizing for our handguards that offers better protection than the standard type 2 and better matches the type 3 anodizing found on the receivers. The colors will not be vastly different; however, the parts may show a small contrast depending on the lighting.

Uniformity:

When colored type 3 or modified type 2 anodizing is used, it is unlikely that you can achieve total consistency in the coating. Graphite transfer from the dyes, inconsistent dye uptake, and blending marks may remain visible through the comparatively transparent anodizing. You may also notice lines, shadows, and waves in color (ordinarily hidden on black receivers). Areas where the part was held in the anodizing tanks also block the anodizing from adhering to specific areas. While these items are unavoidable, we want to assure you that any receivers that show what we consider unreasonable uniformity issues will be treated as a blem. For example, if the receiver's entire side is covered in graphite transfers or inconsistent dye uptake, we consider that a blemished item.

Lighting:

Colored anodizing will appear different in various lighting conditions. When purchasing these sets, please be aware that the color you see under one form of lighting (LED/fluorescent/incandescent/sunlight/studio lighting) will shift once you bring them into a different light type. Your builder set will appear slightly different shades of green depending on the light. We take our photos in a studio with highly controlled lighting, so if your set appears to be a slightly different shade of green than it does on the website, that is why. We have included some various examples of the receivers in different lighting for you to reference.