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    WOW, that pen looks awesome! I'd love to get one, but the price puts it out of my reach.

    Awesome macro shots BTW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jake royston View Post
    the threads and the inside of the body tube on mine are still shiny.
    From my analysis of my black anodized ITP AAA, it's not the threads which conduct the electricity, but rather the top ring which smooshes against a similar ring under the pill when turned on. This ring looks quite shiny on yours, as seen in the second photo.

    Do you grease your threads or are they factory condition only?

    If all of the interior, including the inside of the barrel (you obviously never grease) looks shiny, then I suspect they treat it to stay that way or the sealed lack of oxygen and humidity (and pee ) keeps it sparkly and untarnished.


    Thanks for the pics.

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    Last edited by weklund; 10-09-2011 at 12:38 AM.
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    Please stay on topic...
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    Default Re: Maratac AAA Cu tarnish progression

    had to have a fresh start. has anyone else noticed that the color of the patina will change to a pink color the more you play with it?








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    Quote Originally Posted by jake royston View Post
    had to have a fresh start. has anyone else noticed that the color of the patina will change to a pink color the more you play with it?

    Nice! I love that washed out pink color on about days 2-4 after you polish it. What did you use to shine yours up? I made the mistake of sing Barkeep's Friend on mine, so it's not as polished (although it got that tarnish off quick).

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    i used Zephyr pro 40 metal polish on mine.


    http://www.detailing.com/store/zephy...lish-16oz.html

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    I'm not an expert, but just a heads up to those of you who use polish. It is meant for metal, not rubber or silicon, so if I were doing it I would be careful not to get any on the gaskets, such as the front one that holds the front "glass" in place. It could eat through or pit the rubber which would compromise the water tight seal. Just a thought.

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    thats a good point, i completely disassemble the light first, so i can polish the body tube

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    Here's one from today:



    Next to a fresh specimen


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    Hi:

    Is that flashlight a 80 lumens max model? Other Maratac AAA models upgraded to V2 versión with 115 lumens and more runtime like this:
    http://countycomm.com/aaa.html

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    That's the old version. Still, 80 lumens from such a small light is very impressive.
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    I am anguished that mine escaped my pocket at work. If anyone wants to part...

    Mine stayed shiny from use.
    My biggest light-hog is my camera.

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    Use Tuff-Glide on the threads and they will not tarnish easily.

    Man, after reading the procedures to patina these, I would never buy one used!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLed View Post
    Man, after reading the procedures to patina these, I would never buy one used!
    You may as well say you never want to get used money. None of these are anything that wouldn't be cleared up by a good rinse and polish. My Maratac Cu showed up again! One of the other flashlight fans (a hunter) figured that it was probably mine, being a copper high-powered light.
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    Yeah, I know, I know...but just thinking about it?

    Someone said near the begging of this thread that they wished more companies would make lights in copper, Me too! These do look nice and seem well made.
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    I love the way copper looks tarnished!! Green and dark brown in the crannies, shiny in the main use areas...its like a funky old guitar or a good carbon steel knife...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnAppleSnail View Post
    You may as well say you never want to get used money. None of these are anything that wouldn't be cleared up by a good rinse and polish. My Maratac Cu showed up again! One of the other flashlight fans (a hunter) figured that it was probably mine, being a copper high-powered light.
    I think he was refering to the yellow ammonia you can use to tarnish copper quickly

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    Quote Originally Posted by BilMacGil View Post
    I love the way copper looks tarnished!! Green and dark brown in the crannies, shiny in the main use areas...its like a funky old guitar or a good carbon steel knife...
    I agree...and these lights have lots of nooks and crannies for tarnish to go undisturbed.

    Oh, and...


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    Quote Originally Posted by BilMacGil View Post
    I love the way copper looks tarnished!! Green and dark brown in the crannies, shiny in the main use areas...its like a funky old guitar or a good carbon steel knife...
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronG View Post
    I think he was refering to the yellow ammonia you can use to tarnish copper quickly
    Hahaha.... anyone hung up on something having been in contact with the stuff that some Eskimos used to save for various purposes might want to move to a more sanitary planet than this one.

    Anyone else got any more tarnish photos for us to see?
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    At 8 mths. Looking good.
    http://flic.kr/p/bmMSw5
    Last edited by Sparky's Magic; 03-01-2012 at 03:28 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky's Magic View Post
    At 8 mths. Looking good.
    Wow, looking really good!
    Last edited by kaichu dento; 03-01-2012 at 11:02 PM.
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    Now that is impressive indeed.
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    Default Re: Maratac AAA Cu tarnish progression

    What about some more tarnish photos...please.

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    Starting to look good!!


    Untitled by whill44, on Flickr

    Untitled by whill44, on Flickr

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    Nice!

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    Whill44, that looks cool!

    I've never seen that before. Is the Zippo copper or copper plated, I wonder? . Is it made by Zippo or a third party?

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    @whill44: Looking good! Thanks for posting & welcome to CPF.

    Cheers and Good Luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzil View Post
    Whill44, that looks cool!

    I've never seen that before. Is the Zippo copper or copper plated, I wonder? . Is it made by Zippo or a third party?
    Thanks Guys.
    To answer some of the questions, Yes it's a real Zippo, Yes it's all copper just like the flashlight. I believe Zippo made these in a limited run spanning a couple of years (if someone else knows more please chime in) as of now I only see an antique copper in the catalog which I think is a plating or a copper wash. Their were a handful of these on ebay two weeks ago at all kinds of prices mostly high. I bought mine used, to save some money, and because I intended to carry and use. Ok Showoff.....

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    Thanks for the info.

    I don't smoke, so this may be old hat to most who do, but it has recently come to my attention that there are fairly inexpensive ($10-12) inserts made by third party companies for Zippos, which turn them into jet flame (torch) "windproof" lighters. They are made by Z-Plus and Thunderbird brands.

    Sorry to be off topic, but I thought to buy one as an addition to my survival kit. Most windproof lighters cost way more than this. I dont see why I'd even need the external Zippo casing, since while in my survival tin there's nothing to push down the ignition button by mistake.
    Last edited by mzil; 03-19-2012 at 03:34 PM.

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