Anodizing and dyeing alloy 6262
I would like any feedback on the following anodizing problem: We experience a phenomenon I'm told is dye precipitation when we anodize and color alloy 6262 T8 and T9. It manifests itself as dark blobs, primarily on surfaces machined perpendicular to the long axis of the grain structure. We have seen the phenomenon occur after coloring in azo and anthraquinone dyes. Testing I've done indicates the problem is influenced by bath age (possibly chlorides) and tooling material choice (Ti vs. Al). Azo dye precipitation appears to be influenced more by bath age than tooling material. The opposite appears to be true for anthraquinone dyes. We do not see the phenomenon on any other alloy. Any ideas what we may be seeing?Charles H [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
I am a 17 year old metal student who is looking to give my aluminum projects an extra flair by Anodizing them in a color. The only problem is that I don't know the Dyes to use. I have researched the process and I am only lacking that information, if anyone could help me I would be very thankful. I would like to know what dyes to use to achieve the color green.
Thank you.Nick [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
Ed. note: For a student project,
RIT fabric dyes =>
are available inexpensively, and will prove fine. Professionals can obtain anodizing dyes from a number of vendors including U.S. Specialty Chemicals.
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey
Falls Township, Pennsylvania
How do I find the answer for 6262 Anodizing and dyeing alloy ?Jenifer Villanueva
- Dekalb, Illinois, USA
Ed. note: Hello Jenifer. It's a public forum. If anyone anywhere offers an additional suggestion besides consulting the Electroplating Engineering Handbook, we'll print it. Are you having an identical problem to Charles H? If your problem differs, please give the details of your own problem because maybe someone who couldn't help Charles with his problem can nonetheless help you with yours. -- Ted
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