I got my paycheck finally for teaching the two Texas A&M Galveston toxicology course classes, not much money.. but I did it for the CV padding, not the wallet padding. Along with the check this time came a bunch of student evaluations, which were a good idea. I got pretty great reviews I must say, with almost every single comment saying that "he knew his subject extremely thoroughly" and "he needs to present less material next time, it was too much to learn". Shit, they should've seen the powerpoint from last year, it was 20% larger. So I enjoyed that, especially as it arrived close to 5 when I was reaching my stress limit for the day.
I have been stripping the chrome off of some motorcycle parts at work this week, in the hood with some sulfuric acid. It works like a charm, and leaves me with what looks like the underlying nickel plating, which tarnishes up from the sulfur and comes off with some 120-grit sandpaper at home. I primed the parts and painted them with some Krylon wrinkle-finish black, like my other powder-coated parts, and man, I wish I had tried this sooner. I could've saved so much money. And those dipshits at the coaters couldn't replicate a "brushed stainless steel" look and cocked up the pieces they tried it on, but I got it just right on a few, and if I laquer them it might just stay that way. Tomorrow I'm going to mask off my kickstarter and strip it, and tomorrow evening prime and paint it. Then I'm going to (hopefully if my trailer is still intact) load up the bike to bring to the shop on saturday and get the starter installed and some other maintenance done, while I'm going to be out of town anyway.