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Anodizing Publications/Technical Information

Article Excerpts, Books and Pamphlets, Anodizing Fact Sheets, Technical Bulletins, Anodizing Conference Proceedings, Free Publications & more

The Aluminum Anodizers Council generates and compiles articles and reports relevant to the aluminum anodizing industry, many of which are available for purchase by completing then mailing or faxing the AAC Publications Order Form below.

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Article Excerpts

Manufacturing Matters
America’s economic recovery is hinged on resurgence of the industrial sector

This Anodizing Update was published in the April 2010 issue of Products Finishing magazine. Visit Products Finishing for additional information.

Books and Pamphlets

#BP1 The Technology of Anodizing Aluminum, Third Edition
by Arthur W. Brace
As written by the internationally renowned Arthur Brace in his preface, the third edition is "… an attempt to set out much of the detailed experience gained in more than 40 years involvement in aluminium finishing. This information is such that most of it is not to be found in published research papers and the trade literature but arises from personal experience of investigating problems under production conditions."
Member $295 Nonmember $350

#BP2 Anodized Aluminum Electrolytic 2 Step Color Standards—Architectural
AAC color standards for anodized aluminum to which anodizers will produce extrusions, sheet, or coil anodized aluminum for architectural applications such as windows, storefronts, curtain walls, roofing, fascia, coping, composite panels, doors, and signs. Color samples included in this pamphlet are champagne bronze (AAC-CB1), light bronze (AAC-LB2), medium bronze (AAC-MB3), dark bronze (AAC-DB4), deep bronze (AAC-DB5), and black (AAC-B6).
Member $15 Nonmember $30

#BP4 Anodic Coating Defects Their Causes & Cure
by Arthur W. Brace
This is another informative book by Arthur W. Brace that should be in the office of all anodizers. “… All industrial processes give rise to defects which are the cause of rejection. … Anodizing has a feature that is not shared by other finishing process; namely, that the final result depends upon the quality of the underlying metal as well as the skill of the anodizer. This publication attempts to identify, not only the defects arising from the processes involved in producing an anodic finish, but also those that may have originated in the material.”
Member $150 Nonmember $180

Anodizing Fact Sheets

Each of the fact sheets is printed on both sides with clearly written, detailed facts and explanations, complete with photographed examples of market applications. Each fact sheet is sold in packages of 25.

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Anodized Aluminum: The Naturally Green Alternative

#AFS1 Anodized Aluminum: The Naturally Green Alternative

Covers the environmental benefits of choosing anodizing, which is a water-based process that successfully combines science with nature to create one of the world's best finishes.

Anodizing and Its Uses

#AFS2 Anodizing and Its Uses

Provides facts and explanations about anodizing in general and its variety of uses

Automotive Applications for Anodized Aluminum

#AFS3 Automotive Applications for Anodized Aluminum

Illustrates the advantages and many uses of anodized aluminum in the automotive industry.

Filiform Corrosion Prevention

#AFS4 Filiform Corrosion Prevention

Outlines the benefits of anodizing as a pretreatment to painting aluminum, which is used in marine environments and helps to avoid filiform corrosion.

Hardcoat Anodizing

#AFS5 Hardcoat Anodizing

Details hardcoat anodizing, also known as hard anodizing or hard coating, as an electrochemical process that yields an especially hard anodic oxide integral to the aluminum part, offering a number of beneficial coating properties including resistance to corrosion, wear, and temperature.

Technical Bulletins

Technical Bulletin Compendium: all 20 bulletins complied in a binder Nonmember $75
Members Free Downloads available on Member only section of AAC Website


Sealing Reference for Anodizing


EPA Regulations Affecting Metal Finishing


Selected Federal OSHA Regulations Affecting Metal Finishing


Caustic Etch


Sulfuric Acid Anodizing with Aluminum Cathodes


Recommendations for Grinding and Finishing Hardcoat-Anodized Aluminum


Aluminum Alloys Most Often Used for Hardcoat Anodizing


Electrolytic Coloring of Anodized Aluminum


Effects of Anodizing on Electrical Conductivity


Glossary of Aluminum Anodizing Terms


Guide to Commonly Used Hardcoat Anodizing Processes


Waste Treatment of Spent Dye Baths


Guide to Selecting the Proper Adhesive for Anodizing Applications


Standards References for Anodizing (supersedes Technical Bulletins


Specifying Anodized Aluminum (supersedes Technical Bulletin 1-01)


Comparison of A32/A42 and A34/A44 colored Aluminum Anodic Finishes


Aluminum Alloy Reference for Anodizing (supersedes Technical Bulletin)


Acid Etch


Bright Dipping


Deoxidizing (supersedes Technical Bulletin 3-99 – Smut on Anodized



Anodizing Conference Proceedings

Technical Papers & Handouts
Each set of proceedings contains the papers that were presented at the Annual Conference, including those from General Sessions, Focus Sessions, and guest speakers.

#ACP12 2012 21st Annual International Anodizing Conference

#ACP11 2011 20th Annual International Anodizing Conference
available on CD
Member $95 Nonmember $150

#ACP10 2010 19th Annual International Anodizing Conference
available on CD
Member $95 Nonmember $150

#ACP09 2009 18th Annual International Anodizing Conference
available on CD
Member $95 Nonmember $150

#ACP08 2008 17th Annual International Anodizing Conference
available on CD
Member $95 Nonmember $150

#ACP06 2007 16th Annual International Anodizing Conference—Managing Today's Challenges:
available on CD
Member $95 Nonmember $150

#ACP06 2006 15th Annual International Anodizing Conference—Managing Today's Challenges:
available on CD
Member $95 Nonmember $150

#ACP05 2005 14th Annual International Anodizing Conference—Unleash the Power of Productivity: available on CD
Member $95 Nonmember $150

#ACP04 2004 13th Annual International Anodizing Conference—Focus on the Future:
available on CD
Member $95 Nonmember $150

#ACP03 2003 12th Annual International Anodizing Conference—Driving the Industry Forward:
available in binder while supply lasts
Member $50 Nonmember $95

#ACP02 2002 11th Annual International Anodizing Conference—From Here at Home to Outer Space: available in binder while supply lasts
Member $50 Nonmember $95

Free Publications

AAC Guideline for Hardcoat Anodizing
This application guideline covers the typical performance requirements for hard anodic oxide finishes (often referred to as hardcoat anodizing) on aluminum alloy parts.

Anodizing and the Automotive Market
A summary account of anodized aluminum's role in the automotive industry and how it satisfies the factors that must be considered when selecting a high performance finish, including cost, durability, color stability, aesthetics, health & safety, capacity, color selection, and ease of maintenance.

Architectural Anodizing
Originally appearing as an article in the November 1999 issue of Products Finishing magazine, the information provided in this section offers general information about the anodizing process including its advantages, its impact on the environment, and some of its attributes including color choices and durability.

Automotive Standard AAC 1119
A .pdf version of the standard showing the typical requirements for clear and colored anodic oxide finishes on automotive aluminum and aluminum alloy parts. Based on application, six types of anodic oxide finishes are specified.

Interference Coloring (Three-Step)
This section explains one of the newer developments in aluminum finishing that allows anodizers the ability to produce a wide palette of stable colors with an anodized finish. These colors offer a whole new world and dimension to architects, designers, and others. They are a real departure from the traditional bronzes and black of the two-step electrolytic process. These colors are produced by the refraction, reflection, and absorption of light hitting the surface. Because of this they are impervious to the effects of ultraviolet radiation and therefore are stable and will not fade with time and exposure in outdoor applications.

Technical Bulletin #2-13 Excerpt (Specifying Anodized Aluminum)
Excerpted from AAC's Technical Bulletin #2-13, the information presented here is intended to be a useful guide for anyone seeking requirements, explanations, and reference materials when specifying finishes for anodized aluminum. The novice will gain insightful background information and guidance, while the expert may use this as a quick reference.