Anodizing - The Optimum Finish for Architectural Aluminum
Anodizing is an electrochemical process that increases
the thickness of a passive, naturally occurring, protective
aluminum oxide film.
Anodizing is a reacted, not an applied finish that is integrated
with the underlying aluminum for total bonding
and unmatched adhesion.
- It is non-selective process and protects all exposed andunexposed surfaces.
An anodized finish is a uniformly thick, ceramic-like,
transparent coating that does not hide defects or potential
- Sapphire hard with superior resistance to abrasion andscratching.
Scars and wear from fabrication, handling, installation, graffiti, and frequent usage
are virtually non-existent.
Harder, smoother surfaces mean less friction, easier movement, and extended hardware and
weather-strip life in operating components.
Anodized surfaces like other adjacent or surrounding materials, are unaffected by acidic
cleaning solutions or misplaced mortar when properly protected or timely and thoroughly rinsed.
- Lower initial finishing cost.
- Lower life cycle cost for long-term value.
- No special mixing or set-up is required. Delays and added costs are minimized.
- Strippable - can be replaced with an alternate color. Reduced inventory and added flexibility lead to more savings.
- A bright anodized finish does not tarnish or require lacquer coatings.
- Sealant compatible – no special priming required.
- A constantly increasing number of true, deep metallic architectural exterior colors are available.
- Anodizing’s intrinsic clarity highlights the natural beauty of the underlying aluminum.
- Improved technology minimizes or eliminates significant color variation associated with earlier processes.
- Buffing and brightening before anodizing eliminates tarnishing and the need for protective lacquer coatings. Color Stability
- Anodic coatings are inorganic and unaffected by ultraviolet rays.
- Do not chalk, chip, peel or fade.
- Deep cuts or gouges do not propagate.
- Colors are repeatable to match for future replacement or additions.