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Sealing of hard anodised parts that are subsequently painted
April 17, 2013
Q. Hi, we are producing parts from 6082 aluminium that are hard anodised then painted leaving some areas of the anodising exposed.
We have a restriction in that the parts must have their first paint stage complete within 24 hours of anodising after which final painting takes place in normal time. We then completely immerse the part to hot water seal the remaining areas. As well as being a logistical nightmare with parts shuttling between anodisers to painters then back to anodisers the extra handling is resulting in damage and a lot of rework.
I have a couple of questions:
1. Can anyone tell me if the 24 hour time frame is valid? We have looked through all the literature we can find and the only reference available is a Boeing specification stating 16 hours. We have done many samples that are way beyond 24 hours with no observable effect on adhesion
2. If the answer to 1. is affirmative and self sealing will occur at > 24 hours are we wasting our time subsequently hot water sealing? This is typically occurring at 1 to 2 weeks after anodising when paint is complete
3. We believe hot water sealing increases corrosion resistance compared to self sealing but by how much? These parts will be subject to multiple immersions in sea water followed by fresh water flushing but small amounts of sea water may be trapped in the anodised areas.
4. The paint scheme is etch prime, prime and top coat. It is my belief that the etch prime is useless on an anodised surface - am I correct?
Thanks in advance
Product Assurance Engineer - Portsmouth, England