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The chemical finishes and comparative anodic coatings charts are designed as guidelines that match processing and required anodic film thicknesses with customer needs.

Chemical Finishes


Type of Finish


Continuous Coil Anodizers Assn.


ALCOA Designations


Alum. Assn. Designations


Description


Examples of Methods of Finishing
(Not Definitive Techniques)



Non Etched Cleaned


N.P.T. (No Pretreatment)


C-10
C-11
C-12

C-1x


Unspecified
Degreased
Inhibited
Chemical
Cleaned
Other


Organic solvent treated
Inhibited chemical type
Cleaner used.
To be specified.



Etched


Matte
Satin


R1
R2
R3


C-20
C-21

Unspecified
Fine Matte

Trisodium phosphate, 3-6 oz./gal. used at 140-160oF for 3-5 min.

C-22

Medium Matte

Sodium hydroxide, 4-6 oz./gal. used at 140oF for 5 min.

C-23

Course Matte

Sodium fluoride, 1 1/2 oz. plus sodium hydroxide 4-6 oz./gal. used at 140oF for 5 min.

C-2x

Other

To be specified







Brightened


Chem. Brighten Bright-dipped (R5)


R5-Bright Dip*
EB10, EB30
R1-R5
Bright Dip


C-30
C-31

Unspecified
Highly Specular

Chemical bright dip solution of the proprietary phosphoric nitric acid type used or propietary electro-brightening

C-32

Diffuse bright

Etched finish C22 followed by brightened finish C31

C-3x

Other

To be specified






Comparative Anodic Coating Designation


Film Thickness


Contiunous Coil Anodizers Assn. Designations


ALCOA Designations


Aluminum Assn. Designations


Description


Type of Finish



.0001

.0002

.0003

.0004

.0005

.0006

.0007

up


Nonstandard flash (less than .001 film thickness)

Interior commercial standard .0001 to .0002 film thickness


Alumilite 200 .0015 minimum thickness


A 21

A 22

A 23

A 2X


Clear (natural) coating

Coating with integral color

Other


Protective & Decorative (coatings less than 0.4 mils thick)

(Thickness to be specified by customer)










Architectural Class II .0004 to .0007

Architectural Class I .0007 and up


Alumilite 204 .0004 minimum thickness


A 31

A 32

A 33

A 3X


Same as Above


Architectural Class II (0.4 to 0.7 mil coating)







Alumilite 214 .0006 minimum film thickness


A 41
A 42
A 43
A 4X


Same as Above


Architectural Class I (0.7 mil and greater anodic coating










 

Ordering Specifications

Covering Area (Yield) and Weight per Square Foot

Aluminum Sheet and Foil Gauges


Decimal Thickness


Pounds Per Square Foot


Square Feet Per Pound


Decimal Thickness


Pounds Per Square Foot


Square Feet Per Pound




.002


.028


35.6


.025


.352


2.85




.003


.042


23.75


.026


.364


2.74




.004


.056


17.8


.027


.379


2.64




.005


.070


14.25


.028


.392


2.55




.006


.084


11.9


.030


.422


2.38




.007


.099


10.1


.031


.435


2.30




.008


.012


8.9


.032


.450


2.23




.009


.127


7.9


.034


.478


2.09




.010


.141


7.1


.036


.505


1.98




.011


.154


6.5


.038


.533


1.88




.012


.169


5.95


.040


.563


1.78




.013


.184


5.43


.042


.590


1.69




.014


.197


5.1


.044


.617


1.62




.015


.210


4.77


.045


.631


1.59




.016


.224


4.45


.046


.645


1.55




.018


.253


3.95


.047


.660


1.52




.019


.268


3.74


.048


.674


1.48




.020


.282


3.55


.050


.704


1.42




.022


.309


3.24


.051


.719


1.39




.023


.322


3.11


.056


.785


1.27




.024


.339


2.95


.063


.889


1.125




Based on a density of .0976 pounds per cubicinch (Specific Gravity of 2.70)

Alloys suitable for anodizing


99.99


Pure Al in sheet, plate or extrusion


Gives highest reflectivity since oxidized surface is free of Si, Fe and Mn which normally obscure polished surface. Easily formable, but low in strength, and expensive. Used primarily for simulated gold finish. Super-purity Al-Mg and Al-Mg-Si alloys give the same brightness; cost is still high, but strength is much improved because of Mg additions.




5005
5252
5257
5357
5457
5557
5657


Al-Mg alloy in sheet form


Reflectivity is below that of high-purity Al-Mg alloys, but they respond well to anodizing, have good mechanical properties, and are priced for commercial applications like automotive, appliance, and architectural trim. Alloying constituents do not tint coatings.




6063


Extrusion Alloys


These heat-treatable alloys combine high strength and good response to anodizing. Contain Mg and Si as MgSi. Heat treatment dissolves silicide, improving strength and luster after anodizing. Presence of Si can give coating a gray or brown tint. Alloy 5005 has some Mg for moderate strengthening.




1100


Sheet and plate


Alloy 1100 is commercially pure Al, but has some Si and Fe which diminish reflectivity under anodized coating. Presence of Si can give coating a gray or brown tint. Alloy 5005 has some for moderate strengthening.




3003


Al-Mn alloy in sheet or plate


This commercial alloy has excellent formability and, though widely used for anodic finishing, has less reflectivity than 1100 or 5005 after anodizing because of Mn and lower Al purity. Since MnO is brown, thick anodized films on this alloy have a brownish tint.




5052


Al-Mg alloy in sheet or plate


Structural alloy containing Cr as well as Mg, widely used for welded parts. Presence of Cr gives thicker anodic coatings a yellowish tint.




6061
2014
2024
7075


Extrusion, sheet and plate


Heat-treatable, these alloys rank after 5052 in reflectivity because Al purity is lower. Cr in 6061 and 7075 gives thicker anodic coatings a yellowish tint.




Reprinted from Product Engineering

Reprinted with permission of Continuous Coil Anodizers Association.