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Whit Kincaid
(razor) - F
Pot Marking on 03/14/2008 11:40:06 MDT Print View

I'm dehydrating my brains out getting ready for my PCT thru hike. I'm doing the boil in bag technique so it would be really handy to be able to mark the inside of my .85 liter MSR kettle with fill marks . I'm looking at the cutters for my Dremel tool and I'm sure that I can find one that would make the mark on the titanium. But before I dove in I wanted to query this group to see if anybody had any experience or ideas.

Edited by razor on 03/19/2008 11:13:29 MDT.

Derek Cox
(derekcox) - F

Locale: Southeast
pot marking on 03/14/2008 11:49:56 MDT Print View

this is an option rather than marking on the pot itself

Terry G
(delvxe) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
RE: Pot Marking on 03/14/2008 12:11:22 MDT Print View

I have also seen folks use the measuring stick thing using the handle of their spork.

I also have the Ti Kettle. You can probably wing it. The tack weld marks line up pretty well with standard measures (i just cannot remember what they are right now).

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Pot marking on 03/14/2008 12:34:34 MDT Print View

This is just copied from my post in the DIY Walking Axe thread..assuming it is Ti, try putting some tape on the side you want to mark - leave small slits (like you wanted to paint the lines) where you want the marks, and follow these steps. The tape should be thick enough to stop the voltage from changing the color of the material.

Here is my setup my set-up:

Four 9 volt batteries
Wires with aligator clips
small piece of aluminum foil (tinfoil)
paper towel
1 can of diet pepsi


Wire the batteries in series (not parallel).
Wrap a ball of aluminum foil in a piece of paper towel.
Attach the negative wire to the titanium part.
Attach the positive wire to the aluminum foil/paper ball.
Dip the ball into the pepsi.
Touch the titanium part with the aluminum/paper ball.
It will change color immediately, but will require you to hold it there for several seconds in order to reach the final color.
If you are not getting results, make sure you have a closed circuit. I usually pour a little pepsi all over the part and clips to ensure a good connection.
Keep an eye on the batteries, they get dang hot. I don't want someone telling me they blew up on them.

Disclaimer: Following this procedure may lead to death. Blunt enough?


Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Re: Re: Pot marking on 03/14/2008 12:54:19 MDT Print View

haha, I think I will stick with my watered down couscous or rice :)

Brian James
(bjamesd) - F

Locale: South Coast of BC
RE: marking titanium using pepsi, tinfoil, and 9v batteries on 03/14/2008 12:55:48 MDT Print View

ahahaha I am falling out of my chair laughing -- sounds like a Red Green episode!

I say if she don't work at first, just getcherself a fresh two-four from the garage, bring up the battery outta yer van and give'r heck me old trout!

Try explaining this procedure down at the emergency ward as you get treated for battery acid burns and smoke inhalation... in the USA they'd call Homeland Security, up here the nurse would get you a double double and make you tell the story again!

Edited by bjamesd on 03/14/2008 13:05:06 MDT.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
marking titanium on 03/14/2008 14:56:33 MDT Print View

I have a snow peak ti bowl and i just used a knife point(last time the knife had any value to it though) and made the marks i needed, not professional looking but perfectly effective.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Pot Marking on 03/14/2008 15:07:18 MDT Print View

hmmm, you guys didn't like that one? :)

From above - "i just used a knife point"
That works too!

Brian James
(bjamesd) - F

Locale: South Coast of BC
Re: Re: Pot Marking on 03/14/2008 15:31:11 MDT Print View

My post didn't sound right; I loved it!! I think it's a great idea; there's just something about rigging all that stuff together that sounded mildly Red Green -- in the good way.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: Ti Anodization Marking w/ Pepsi on 03/14/2008 15:31:42 MDT Print View

That is so unbelievably beyond awesome... I don't know where to start...

The beautiful part is that you could do this on the inside of the pot.

I am totally doing this with my Tri-Ti pot...

Edited by jdmitch on 03/14/2008 15:36:10 MDT.

Mark Bishop
(mark_b) - MLife

Locale: Northwest (WA)
Pot Marking on 03/14/2008 21:17:57 MDT Print View

And remember, if the women don't find you handsome they at least outta find you handy. (a great line from red green)

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Ti Anodization Marking w/ Pepsi on 03/15/2008 11:32:05 MDT Print View

LOL...! Mark, I love that line!:)

So...who's gonna be the first to post pics of their newly anodized pots?

Brian James
(bjamesd) - F

Locale: South Coast of BC
Re: Pot Marking on 03/15/2008 12:20:50 MDT Print View

The Man's Prayer:

I'm a man,
but I can change,
if I have to,
I guess.

Brian James
(bjamesd) - F

Locale: South Coast of BC
Re: Re: Pot Marking on 03/15/2008 12:21:52 MDT Print View


Edited by bjamesd on 03/15/2008 12:22:26 MDT.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: RE: marking titanium using pepsi, tinfoil, and 9v batteries on 03/16/2008 18:03:31 MDT Print View

It's amazing what you don't know when you don't have TV. I wondered about the reference to Red Green so I Gooogled it. Now I've just spent two hours LOL at YouTube takes. So that's where the automatic window winders came from.

Thanks, and don't forget to keep your stick on the ice.

Edited by redleader on 03/16/2008 18:04:32 MDT.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Pot Marking on 03/16/2008 18:13:52 MDT Print View

Whit Kincade, on 3/14 said

"I'm dehydrating my brains out getting ready for my PCT thru hike."

Well, you've beat Sarah to the punch on trailside sweetbreads!


Whit Kincaid
(razor) - F
pot markings on 03/19/2008 11:16:23 MDT Print View

What a strong tribe we have! Thank you for so much diverse provocative input. I think that I'll try a disposable razor knife and give you a report. Thanks!