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Mark Kelly said:
I did the opposite. I dislike carbon so I painted the forks and ergo levers: a blue undercoat, then translucent silver then a top coat of a chameleon paint (the ones that change colour with viewing angle: this one is purple / green so the effect is the top half of the spectrum: green / blue / violet).
I would LOVE to see a photo of your levers!!

I also agree that the aluminum needs to be prepped with "etching primer" before painting. Since levers are a fairly high-wear item, paint won't stick around too well without this additional pre-painting step.
 

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Safeway said:
So you think it would be a wasted endeavorer?

Ugh, I want black levers!
You could always try this stuff:
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=707229

It's Birchwood Casey's "Aluminum Black", used by gunsmiths to blacken aluminum parts. You'll have to strip off the clearcoat/clear anodizing on the levers to get it to stick, but might be worth a try. I've never used the stuff personally, but it gets favorable reviews on the gunsmithing forums...
 
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