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When Black Dye is Not Black
We are sending aluminum extrusions to our outside anodizer for Type II anodize and black dye, and we are encountering several problems, notably that the newly black anodized parts exhibit a greenish tint.
Ask an Expert Published: 5/1/2011
Painting Anodized Aluminum
Can you tell me the pros and cons of painting anodized aluminum?
Ask an Expert Published: 3/31/2011
Salts Build-up Around The Top of The Cathodes
The aluminum cathode bars in our Type II anodizing tank have become completely encrusted with white “salts” at the solution/air interface.
Ask an Expert Published: 2/18/2011
Producing a Thick Anodic Coating on 6061-T6
Our customer has requested .004-inch (100µ, 4 mil) coating thickness on 6061-T6. We normally anodize this part to .002-inch thickness. Our process is 28 V, bath temperature 32°F, for 1 hr. We are not sure of exactly what the best procedure is to har...
Ask an Expert Published: 1/11/2011
ASTM Test Comparison
What is the difference between ASTM B136-84 and B-136-77 for the Modified Dye Stain Test?
Ask an Expert Published: 8/1/2010
Black Power on Die Casting After Anodizing
After anodizing there is a loose, black powder that can be removed just by touch. Can you tell me why this happens and recommend a method to prevent it?
Ask an Expert Published: 8/1/2010
Dying Anodized Parts With Small Holes
We send our 6061 aluminum bars to an outside anodizer for Type II anodize and black dye. These parts have several very small diameter, blind holes, both threaded and non-threaded. When we get these parts back from the anodizer, the tapped holes will...
Ask an Expert Published: 8/1/2010
What is the Correct Anodizing Specification?
My company fabricates aluminum and steel pedestrian bridge railing among other bridge parts. We recently got an aluminum railing job that called for “Type I” anodizing per MIL-A-8625. There was no anodic coating thickness called out. We are not anod...
Ask an Expert Published: 5/1/2010
Dichromate Sealing and Fatigue Life
We are looking for some references that show that dichromate sealing restores the loss in fatigue life caused by hard anodizing aluminum alloys.
Ask an Expert Published: 2/1/2010
Teflon Impregnation and Wear
Does Teflon-impregnated aluminum offer a higher resistance to wear or corrosion?
Ask an Expert Published: 2/1/2010

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