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topic 4071

What Materials Can Be Anodized





A. Magnesium, stainless steel, titanium, and zinc are four that I can think of offhand, Doug. Note, though, we're speaking of the ability of a material to form some sort of useful oxide skin when anodically oxidized under the right conditions -- we're not talking about materials that you can just drop into a tank designed for anodizing of aluminum, nor will you get similar results like dyeability or hardness. Please don't keep your question so abstract and we can probably help you a lot better! Regards,

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey

Anodizing of magnesium alloys


Q. How can I anodise magnesium alloys? Are there any approved international processes? Are they all aerospace approved?

Peter Bennett
- Birmingham, England

Magnesium Finishing

March 1, 2009

A. Hi, Peter. We have an FAQ about surface finishing of magnesium at that is a great starting point towards listing those processes and standards.

Then see if you can possibly find an old copy of Dow's Magnesium Finishing Handbook. =>
Good luck.


Ted Mooney,
Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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