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Coloring of aluminum beyond paint/anodize


Can anyone suggest a process other than painting or anodizing that could be used to turn 6061-T6 aluminum black? I work at an optics company that needs to have its parts meet certain shock specifications, and when in use, the shocks the pieces receive cause chips of paint or anodize to be dislodged, obscuring the optics. We need a black interior to eliminate glare. Any suggestions?

John T. Chovanes
- Freeport, Pennsylvania, USA

First of two simultaneous responses -- 2002

There is a new spark anodizing process for aluminum with integral black color called Kepla-Coat(R). It has very good optical properties.

Chris Jurey, Past-President IHAA
Luke Engineering & Mfg. Co. Inc.
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International Hard Anodizing Association - Wadsworth, Ohio

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Second of two simultaneous responses -- 2002

Why not powdercoat?

James Totter
James Totter, CEF
- Tallahassee, Florida

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