Finishes for Aluminum

Almost all finishes used on aluminum may be divided into three major categories in the system recommended by the The Aluminum Association: mechanical finishes, chemical finishes, and coatings. The last may be subdivided into anodic coatings, resinous and other organic coatings, vitreous coatings, electroplated and other metallic coatings, and laminated coatings.
In The Aluminum Association system, mechanical and chemical finishes are designated by M and C, respectively, and each of the five classes of coating is also designated by a letter. The various finishes in each category are designated by twodigit numbers after a letter. The principal finishes are summarized in Table 4.22.

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