I realize there are far more weekend hobbyists than pro builders on the HAMB and a thread similar to this may have already been posted. If so this probably wont go far but I'm gonna kick it off. For guys like me, working out of a garage or small shop space, trying to save money where you can, sometimes one needs to use "backyard logic" to make it all work. So, here are a few of my favorite tricks...hope they help some of ya'll along. REMOVE ANODIZING I personally do not like the looks of the blue and red A-R fittings used on braided lines, so I looked for a way to easily remove it...Answer / Easy-Off oven cleaner...removes anodizing in about 30 secs. leaving a nice clean aluminum piece than can now be polished. REMOVE POWDERCOATING Using a bead blaster or wire brush on a grinder is one way, but my garage has no bead blaster and wire brushing leaves only so-so results...Answer / Permatex Gasket Remover...probably not cost effective on large pieces, but is killer for smaller stuff...Had a couple mirrors that were powdercoated satin black and I wanted to remove it. Sprayed it on, 15 mins. later, powdercoating slid right off leaving 100% bare metal...no muss no fuss. PATINA PRESERVER Most all here on the HAMB is familiar with my A Sedan. I wanted to preserve the patina without clear coat painting, which, in my opinion, looks painted with clear when done. Someone here on this site emailed me a couple years ago with the solution I was looking for. When I'm out and about with my car, the number one question, by far, is how do I keep it looking like I do...Answer / Boiled Linseed Oil and Acetone mixed 50/50. The trick here is using "Boiled Linseed Oil" as opposed to "Straight Linseed Oil". Wipe it on, wipe it off and drys to touch in about 15 mins and only has to be reapplied about twice a year leaving it nice and shiny without that clear paint look. Been using this for about 3 yrs. and absolutely no surface rust. Here is a pic of the car about a week after the last application. I will see how this thread goes as I have plenty more cool little tricks I can share...If you have some please share. I'm always looking to learn something usefull.