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Technical Bulletins

Anodizing Technical Bulletins

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#1-97

Sealing Reference for Anodizing
All three sealing methods are commonly used in the industry. Choice of seal is dependent upon application. Read Bulletin.

#2-99

Caustic Etch
Caustic etching before anodizing reduces these variations and makes the appearance of the aluminum surface more attractive to the customer. Read Bulletin.

#1-00

Sulfuric Acid Anodizing with Aluminum Cathodes
Today's quality-conscious finishing shops are concerned with saving money, producing more quality products, and reducing the emissions of toxic materials to the environment. Read Bulletin.

#2-00

Recommendations for Grinding and Finishing Hardcoat-Anodized Aluminum
Many abrasive wheels and compounds are suitable for finishing hardcoat-anodized aluminum to achieve critical dimensional tolerances or very fine surface requirements. Read Bulletin.

#3-00

Aluminum Alloys Most Often Used for Hardcoat Anodizing
Most aluminum alloys can be hardcoat anodized; this bulletin describes the more commonly used alloys. Read Bulletin.

#1-03

Electrolytic Coloring of Anodized Aluminum
Electrolytic coloring has been used on aluminum throughout North America since the late 1970's. Read Bulletin.

#2-03

Effects of Anodizing on Electrical Conductivity
Aluminum is commonly anodized to provide corrosion resistance and to add a decorative appearance. Read Bulletin.

#1-05

Glossary of Aluminum Anodizing Terms
This Glossary of Aluminum Anodizing Terms focuses on those terms which are most commonly used in the anodizing industry on a day-to-day basis. Read Bulletin.

#2-05

Guide to Commonly Used Hardcoat Anodizing Processes
The purpose of this guide is to list as many useful facts as possible about the most common processes used today in North America and in Europe. Read Bulletin.

#1-06

Waste Treatment of Spent Dye Baths
Any industrial purchaser or user of any chemical assumes the responsibility of awareness of the regulations governing its use and disposal. Read Bulletin.

#1-08

Guide to Selecting the Proper Adhesive for Anodizing Applications
The purpose of this Technical Bulletin is to help evaluate and select adhesives suitable for use with anodized aluminum products. Read Bulletin.

#1-13

Standards References for Anodizing (supersedes Technical Bulletins

#2-13

Specifying Anodized Aluminum (supersedes Technical Bulletin 1-01)
Many people desiring anodized finishes on aluminum may not be knowledgeable about the types of anodic finishes available and how to specifically call out their requirements to anodizers. Read Bulletin.

#4-13

Aluminum Alloy Reference for Anodizing (supersedes Technical Bulletin 2-94)

#5-13

Acid Etch
The acid etch referred to in this technical bulletin is the process that North American architectural anodizers have been adopting since 2005. Read Bulletin.

#6-13

Bright Dipping
The phosphoric acid/nitric acid chemical polishing bath (bright dip) is widely used to produce specular finishes on a variety of aluminum alloys used for automotive, appliance, and architectural trim. Read Bulletin.

#7-13

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

#8-13

Rinsing
Rinsing anything requires ONE (1) primary objective – Removal of the chemical materials, both active chemicals and chemical by-products that may be on the surface of the object that has been chemical treated. Read Bulletin.