Description of anodized
Anodizing is an electron chemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodize oxide finish. Aluminum is ideally suited to anodizing, although other nonferrous metals, such as magnesium and titanium, also can be anodized.
The anodize oxide structure originates from the aluminum substrate and is composed entirely of aluminum oxide. This aluminum oxide is not applied to the surface like paint or plating, but is fully integrated with the underlying aluminum substrate, so it cannot chip or peel. It has a highly ordered, porous structure that allows for secondary processes such as coloring and sealing.
Anodizing is accomplished by immersing the aluminum into an acid electrolyte bath and passing an electric current through the medium. A cathode is mounted to the inside of the anodizing tank; the aluminum acts as an anode, so that oxygen ions are released from the electrolyte to combine with the aluminum atoms at the surface of the part being anodized. Anodizing is, therefore, a matter of highly controlled oxidation—the enhancement of a naturally occurring phenomenon.
Anodized aluminum sign blanks
Durable scratch resistant anodized & sealed surface
Custom shapes available
Holes or adhesive backing for mounting
Aluminum for signs
Alloy 5052 Temper H38
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Magnesium gives this alloy its enhanced corrosion resistance, work ability, strength, and weld ability. Typical uses include aircraft fuel tanks, electronic mounting plates and panels, fan blades, refrigeration liners, storm shutters, and utensils.
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