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I'm investigating the possibility of anodizing my aluminum parts for decorative purpose (Type2?) How much can I expect to pay for this in my area, and what colors are available?

Mike Lee
- San Bernardino, California, USA

First of three simultaneous responses -- 2002


Almost any color in the rainbow can be achieved with type II anodizing...except you will not find...white. Most anodizers offer-"natural", blue, red, green, gold and black. As far as pricing....well that depends. Why don't you take a few parts to a local anodizer for a quote. There are too many variables to be able to give pricing sight unseen.

Bill Grayson
- Santa Cruz, California, USA

Second of three simultaneous responses -- 2002

Your best bet would be to contact anodizing shops in your area, provide them with a print, and have them quote the job. It is impossible for anyone in this forum to give you a quote based on the information supplied.

Marc Green
Marc Green
anodizer - Boise, Idaho

Third of three simultaneous responses -- 2002

Yes, it seems that everything from anchovies to zebra-shell mussels seem to be exactly the same price from brand to brand when you go to the supermarket. Still, it is often illegal to discuss pricing in any kind of forum which attracts competitors.

But some rules of thumb are that for a small project you'll need to pay a lot charge anyway, and you can make a good guess at that from what any other service organization like a plumber would charge you for a minimum call. You can also figure that costs will be roughly comparable to competing technologies like quality painting or powder coating.

Almost any color is available except white. But it can depend on how robust the color needs to be. For example, you'll see coat hangers, knitting needles, flashlights, paintball guns in every color. But you'll rarely see an aluminum building or outdoor lighting fixture which isn't some shade of the more robust bronze colors.

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