What is anodizing
and why use it?
Aluminum anodizing retards corrosion, yields a hard durable surface,
and beautifies the aluminum through different surface effects including
coloring, sanding, and etching. The actual process includes cleaning,
deoxidizing, anodizing with dc voltage, then sealing in most cases.
A very hard surface that is scratch resistant is the result.
Can parts be re-anodized?
The short answer is yes assuming the prior surface can be stripped
and reconditioned to its original surface. Sometimes, it is just not
feasible based on cost to reanodize.
Can an anodized surface be painted?
Absolutely ! An anodized surface gives a great base for painting
whether powder coated or wet paint.
Can the aluminum be buffed after anodizing?
Sorry. The aluminum after anodizing is a very hard surface that
would be very difficult to buff or polished after the fact. If you
want a high gloss surface, it must be buffed prior to anodizing.
Just how hard is an anodized surface?
Let's answer this by saying that aluminum can be so hard that you
can neither scratch it, saw it, or machine it. If the surface is hard
anodized properly, it may be as hard as Rockwell 70 ( and that is
REALLY hard...approaching tool steel)
How much thickness will anodizing add to a surface?
Conventional anodizing will add approximately .0002-.0005 inches
to every surface and hard anodizing can add as much as .001 to all
surfaces. Actually, the anodic thickness is double that but 40-60%
of the total thickness is embedded into the substrate.
Is an anodized surface conductive or non-conductive?
We are asked that question all the time and the answer is NON CONDUCTIVE.
So, if you are going to use an aluminum plate in a electrical circuit,
keep that in mind.
What process can I use to yield a conductive surface yet
be protected from corrosion?
Chemfilm is a process that does exactly that. It protects the surface
from corrosion and actually increases conductivty.
Will scratches show after anodizing?
Anodizing will not hide scratches. A severe etching can hide some
surface bemishes, but not deep scratches. If you can feel the scratch
with your fingernail, it will still be there after etching and anodizing.