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What is Anodizing, Is Anodizing Safe, What Size Part Can Be Anodized, Will Anodizing Cause Loss of Design Detail, What Steps Must I Take to Prepare Parts for Anodizing, Anodized Aluminum or Stainless Steel, How is Price Determined

 

What is Anodizing?

Is Anodizing Safe?

What Size Part Can Be Anodized?

Will Anodizing Cause Loss of Design Detail?

What Steps Must I Take to Prepare Parts for Anodizing?

Anodized Aluminum or Stainless Steel?

How is Price Determined?


What Is Anodizing?

By definition, anodizing is a process for finishing aluminum alloys that employs electrolytic oxidation of the aluminum surface to produce a protective oxide coating.

For a more detailed answer, go to: What Is Anodizing?



Is Anodizing Safe?

When it comes to coatings, anodizing is as safe and environmentally friendly a process as is available today.

Read the complete answer at: Is Anodizing Safe?



What Size Part Can Be Anodized?

We feature 35 foot long anodizing tanks and modern electrostatic paint finishing lines.

For more information about Superior's size-handling capabilities, read: Maximum Part Size.



Will Anodizing Cause Loss of Design Detail?

In the ornamental metal industry, where projects sometimes include intricate designs, there is sometimes a concern on whether detail will be lost.

For more information, read: Will Anodizing Cause Loss of Design Detail?.



What Steps Must I Take to Prepare Parts for Anodizing?

Architectural and other structural items usually call for an "Architectural Type I" or "Architectural Type II" anodized finish. Exterior items need a Type I (minimum .7 mil thickness) and interior items should have a Type II (minimum .4 mil thickness) finish.

More information about the steps to take to prepare your parts for the anodizing process, read: Anodizing Preparation Step by Step.



Anodized Aluminum or Stainless Steel?

Anodized aluminum can replace stainless steel in certain applications. The ways that anodized parts can be used instead of stainless steel are only limited by designers and engineers’ imaginations.

For more on the uses and benefits of  anodized components, read: Anodized Aluminum or Stainless Steel?




How is Price Determined?

Projects prices are based on a number of variable factors. A pricing inquiry checklist for accurate quotes would include...

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