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Aluminum Etch, Need Satin Finish

Can someone tell me what is the formula to reach a satin finish for aluminum parts? I have been trying caustic soda but the final appearance is not what I need, I need a very thin etching.

If any one can help me I would appreciate very much!

Richard Brakarz
metalforming - Brazil


To achieve satin finish, the caustic solution must have build up certain amount of dissolved aluminum in it. You will also need additive to prevent the deposition of the metal and keep it in the solution.

Dado Macapagal
anodizing - Toronto, Ontario, Canada


You can try this formula:

NaOH: 80-100 gpl (grams per liter)
Na Heptonate : 2 gpl
Al(+3): 20-70 gpl
temperature: 62 ± 2 °C
Time: 10 minutes (depends on the degree of etch you require)

Timur Ulucak
aluminum extrusions & finishing - Istanbul, Turkey


Try ammonium bi fluoride at 1 oz per gal for a very fine etch.

drew nosti
Drew Nosti, CEF
supporting advertiser
Ladson, South Carolina


Thank you Mr.Macapagal, Mr.Ulucak and Mr.Nosti for your help. Ammonium bi fluoride was what I was looking for. Can you tell me what temperature should I use and if I need to use any additive. I notice that after some use the solution gets weak and some crystals appear at the bottom. How can I avoid it?


Ricardo Brakarz
- Rio, Brazil

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