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Color variations in aluminum anodizing
June 12, 2012
Q. I am working as a production engineer in aluminum industry. We are facing problems in color variation as we are checking it twice a day in lab. What are the basic parameters required and how can we improve this?
As temperature of our bath is about 25-28° C and 15 volts is used for a time period of 1 minute ten seconds to 1 minute forty seconds for light champagne to dark brown colors respectively.
- Lahore, Pakistan
A. Hi Muhammad.
Your situation isn't clear to me. If the champagne to dark brown color is being imparted by the anodizing bath itself rather than by a dye or a two-step anodizing process, as you seem to be implying, then what is your process? Is this oxalic acid anodizing or integral color anodizing?
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