The anodising process

Anodising aluminium is achieved by passing an electrical current through the aluminium to produce a protective oxide film on the surface. Suitable for all good quality 6063T6 items, the attractive natural matt silver finish (bronze, gold and black also available) provides extreme durability, long long-term resistance to the elements and is easily maintained. We always ensure the team selects the best bars available to guarantee the highest quality anodised aluminium extrusions are delivered to the customer.

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What is anodised aluminium?

Anodised aluminium is aluminium that has undergone the electrochemical process of anodising. This causes the formation of an extremely durable layer of oxidised material on the surface of the metal. The anodised finish is part of the metal and won’t chip or peel.  

Anodising aluminium is accomplished by immersing the aluminium in an acid electrolyte bath and passing an electric current through the medium. A cathode is mounted to the inside of the anodising tank; the aluminium acts as an anode so that oxygen ions are released from the electrolyte to combine with the aluminium atoms at the surface of the part being anodised.

What are the Benefits of Anodising Aluminium?

wear-resistent

High wear resistance

quick#

Available with quick lead times or even from stock

insulation

Improves insulation properties

superior

Superior appearance

corrosian-thickness

Corrosion resistance

Anodising Aluminium Services – Advice and Recommendations

As an established anodised aluminium supplier, we specialise in delivering high-quality material that meets and exceeds your expectations. However, there are some things you should know before choosing anodised aluminium. 

Large surfaces receive more abrasions:

Due to the nature of aluminium, large surface areas aren’t ideal for anodising as abrasions can sometimes be visible.

Jig marks are unavoidable:

Jig marks normally appear at the end of the bars and are a natural effect of the reactive process. However, if required, they can be cut away.

Chemical brightening & colour anodising

Our standard anodised aluminium features a matt silver finish, however, the L.A. Metals team can chemically brighten or colour anodise your aluminium to obtain a brightness or a colour that suits your project. We can offer a variety of colour finishes, simply specify with the helpful L.A. Metals team.

A bright, specular finish applied to pre-polished material can achieve a high gloss finish. We can also achieve gold, brass, black and many other colours by immersing the aluminium in a concentrated acid solution. We can even offer powder coating services for your aluminium extrusions!

Have More Questions About Anodising Aluminium? 

Anodised aluminium is created by placing an aluminium section, to act as an anode, into a bath of acid acting as an electrolyte, with lead or stainless steel placed as a cathode. A direct current between the anode and cathode allows oxygen ions to form from the electrolyte and combine with the atoms at the surface of the anode. This is the aluminium extrusion you are anodising.