Just got some magnalium on order and I'm going after Win39j. I was hoping to clear up a few things in this thread that I feel like I've read somewhere before but seem unable to locate right now.
As I understand it, the 2 most common ways of protecting Magnalium from a reaction with Nitrates is to use either boiled Linseed oil or Potassium Dichromate; the later being the prefered method.
My first question is: What's the best way to coat Magnalium (or Magnesium) with Dichromate?
And my second question is: With using such little water to bind glitter (6-8%), is it absolutely necessary to coat the Magnalium in such case?
Are my stars going to spontaneously catch fire before I have a chance to use them?
From what I "think" I read in the past, the problem of nitrate reaction is not as bad in small batches, and that "sometimes" the dichromate isn't needed?
TO BE CLEAR HERE: I just ordered a pound of dichromate... like literally as I was typing this, it's been eating at me all day like a bad nitrate reaction.. er umm.. you know.
I WILL be using dichromate in the future as soon as it arrives, but before then I was playing with the idea of doing a small test batch (50g), because like a boy with a new toy it's going to be so hard to let that magnalium just sit around for more than 2 days. But I will wait if I have to.... hard as it may be. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Edited by PhoenixRising, 31 May 2016 - 09:11 PM.