Anodal Anodizing Chemistry


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Anodal EE liqPremium quality MAE type anodizing additive. Enables hard coating at 55ºF.
Anodal AANF liqGeneral purpose liquid additive.
Anodal Dye Buffer liqActivator and pH stabilizer for dye baths.
Anodal PTFE liqConcentrated polytetrafluoroethylene dispersion that satisfies AMS 2482A and MIL A 63576A Type I.
Anodal Ammonium Acetate liqConvenient product for dye baths which benefit from the use of ammonium acetate as a pH buffer.
Ekaline F liqHighly effective mist suppressant for anodizing and acid etch baths.
Anodal Defoamer NS liqEasy use multi-purpose liquid defoamer.
Antimussol C-1 liqDefoamer well suited for waste treatment.
Anodal WT-A liqWaste treatment conditioner for dye baths.
Cartafix WE liqWaste treatment flocculant for dye baths.


» Cleaners
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Anodal Acid Cleaner 3A phosphoric acid based blended cleaner. Well suited for Brite-Dip lines.
Anodal Cleaner BMC New liqNon-silicated alkaline soak cleaner. Great even at lower temperatures.
Anodal Cleaner NFBNon-foaming, non-silicated alkaline soak. Great for buffing compounds.
Anodal Cleaner NFONon-foaming, non-silicated alkaline soak. Excellent detergency.
Anodal Cleaner PMPNon-phosphate, non-silicated alkaline soak cleaner. Effective at removing stamping oils and buffing compounds.
» Non-Phosphate Cleaners
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Anodal Cleaner NoP liqA high performance phosphate free, non-silicate alkaline cleaner with very good emulsification properties for removing buffing compounds and job soils even at lower temperatures.
Anodal Cleaner NPA liqContains a blend of organic acids and surfactants suited to clean a large range of soils, including grease, oil, oxidation, handling and cutting oils, and buffing compounds.
» Deoxidizers
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Anodal Deox LFN liqFully blended desmut/deox that is chromate free. Good for job shops.
Anodal Deox Additive liqAdd to nitric acid to provide excellent performance. Good for Brite-Dip.
Anodal Deox CR #1Iron free additive to nitric acid. Suitable for tri-chrome process lines.
Anodal Deox CDO pAdd to nitric acid to provide long life, high quality casting deoxidizer.
» Etchants
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Anodal EC-2 liqArchitectural etch additive proven to reduce caustic consumption and lower gloss.
Anodal Etch Add C liqDrum stable version of Etch Additive B.
Anodal Etch Add LG liqAdded to caustic to increase aluminum solubility and reduce gloss.
Anodal Etch LGFully blended low-gloss caustic etch. Good for job shops.
Anodal Etch SD-1Fully blended caustic etch product. Good for job shops.
Anodal Ultra MatteFluoride blended product used for the pretreatment of anodized aluminum.
Anodal Ultra Matte AdditiveGrain refiner additive to improve acid etch efficiency and finish.


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Anodal AlusealSmut suppressant for use in conventional hot nickel acetate based seals.
Anodal ASFully blended hot nickel acetate seal formulated with Aluseal pdr.
Anodal AS liqLiquid form of Sealing Salt AS pdr.
Anodal ASLFully blended hot nickel acetate seal formulated with Anodal OL pdr.
Anodal CS-2 liqUsed for sealing at room temperature.
Anodal CS-2N PowderPremium quality room temperature sealant containing nickel fluoride.
Anodal CS-3 PowderPremium quality cobalt-free room temperature sealant containing nickel fluoride.
Anodal ES-1 liqFully blended nickel-free mid-temperature seal product for non-dyed coatings.
Anodal MS-1 New liqLow cost fully blended mid-temperature nickel acetate seal.
Anodal MS-1A liqWill prolong the life of Anodal MS-1, Anodal MS-1 New, Anodal MTS Plus and Anodal ES-1 seals.
Anodal MTS PlusNPE-free nickel acetate medium-temperature seal.
Anodal OLNon-yellowing smut suppressant for use in hot nickel acetate based seals.
Anodal SH-1 liqHot water sealing additive to control smut and improve the seal.

Acid Etch Gloss vs Consumption

Published on November 14, 2013

A new additive which promises to significantly improve the processing cost of acid etched aluminum has recently been developed by Reliant Aluminum Products. It is based on the effect that some transition metal salts have on the etch rate and gloss/consumption ratio. As shown in the accompanying chart, the additive and/or blended product promises to save 30% or more on acid etch chemical costs incurred by the aluminum finisher. To illustrate this saving, achieving a gloss of 20 in the “as etched” state for conventional chemistry (blue line) requires the consumption of 1.10 g/ft2 of aluminum from the metal surface. The red and green curves illustrate that this same level of gloss can be achieved with the consumption of 0.81 g/ft2 and 0.70 g/ft2 aluminum respectively.

High-Phosphate Acid Etch

Published on February 21, 2014

Increased phosphate levels in ammonium bifluoride acid etch have demonstrated in the lab and proven in production to produce a low gloss matte finish on aluminum with excellent surface blemish hiding power. In a recent production trial, etch chemistries comprising active fluoride concentrations of 25-45 g/l and phosphate levels of 40-50 g/l produced defect free surfaces anodized with gloss levels of 6 or less as measured at 60 degrees. This was done while reducing chemical consumption by 28%.

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