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Anodising Types Explained

Sulphuric Anodising
Sulphuric anodising or "normal" anodising is used extensively for general protective and decorative applications. It produces a clear film which can be left natural or dyed to produce a range of colours.

The nature of sulphuric films enables them to be used with a range of pre-treatments to produce a variety of attractive visual finishes

Hard Anodising
Hard anodising uses formulated acid solutions normally operated at low temperatures, under high current density and voltage conditions. This produces an exceptionally hard coating with excellent wear, abrasion and corrosion resistance, and high electrical resistivity. ", The colour of the anodic film will depend on the alloy type used.

Hard anodised films are usually supplied unsealed for maximum abrasion resistance, but can be further treated with dyes, solid phase lubricants or chemically sealed for high levels of corrosion protection..

Chromic Anodising
Chromic anodising is normally used for the corrosion protection of critical engineering components that require only a thin film with minimum dimensional effect or to ensure maximum fatigue integrity.

It is also used for crack detection and is an ideal pre-treatment for paint.

Chromic anodising is the preferred treatment for components containing deep crevices, since any residual electrolyte is non-corrosive to aluminium






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