AnoChem TCP

Hex-chrome free, RoHS Compliant, Chemical Conversion for Aluminum

Technical Data Sheet - AnoChem TCP    

AnoChem TCP replaces hexavalent chromate conversion coatings used for aluminum alloys without sacrificing corrosion resistance, electrical contact resistance or organic topcoat adhesion properties while meeting regulatory requirements of ROHS, WEEE and ELV legislation. This 100% hexavalent-chromium free conversion coating exceeds the requirements of MIL-DTL-5541, and results in a harder, denser and more abrasion resistant finish than chromate coatings it replaces. AnoChem TCP has a blue-bright finish without characteristic iridescent yellow color of chromate conversion coatings commonly referred to as Alodine® or Iridite® (1)

Typical Applications

AnoChem TCP should be applied where conductivity, paintability or corrosion resistance are required on aluminum substrates. AnoChem TCP is an excellent solution for the following applications:

  • Grounding paths for electronic components
  • Paintable surfaces for prime or dry-film lubricants
  • Tight-tolerance features

Organic Coating Adhesion

Organic coatings applied to AnoChem TCP pass the adhesion test ASTM D 3359, ISO 2409, and Method 6301 of MIL-STD-141.

Corrosion Performance

  • Aluminum alloys withstand 168 hours of salt spray per ASTM B117 or ISO 3768 without evidence of basis metal corrosion beyond the minimum permitted per specification
  • Exceeds the salt spray requirements of MILDTL-5541, MIL-DTL-81706 and AMS 2473
  • Outperforms conventional chromate coatings in corrosion resistance testing on high copper bearing aluminum alloys 2024 and 2019
  • Unlike chromate conversion coatings, corrosion resistant properties don’t degrade

(1) Alodine is a trademark of Henkel, Madison Heights, MI; Iridite is a trademark of MacDermid, Waterbury, CT


aluminum chemical conversion coating from anoplate inc near syracuse ny

AnoChem TCP (left) has a clear, bright finish with a blue iridescence and should not be mistaken that the part is untreated. Traditional hexavalent chromium (right) has its characteristic gold iridescence.

Electrical Performance

Many companies that offer chemical conversion coating on aluminum either will not or cannot certify to MIL-DTL-5541 Class 3 – low electrical resistance which requires specific electrical resistance to be maintained before and after an accelerated corrosion test*. Anoplate, maintains its own inhouse salt-spray test chamber and its own electric resistivity test equipment. These, in conjunction with its superior cleaning process and statistical process control, have given Anoplate the edge with optimizing and being able to certify its AnoChem TCP coating for Class 3 applications.


Electrical Contact Resistance [µΩ/in2]
Chemical Treatement As-Coated After Salt Spray*
AnoChem TCP 2,500 5,100
Hex Chromates 2,400 7,300

*Tested to o168 hours IAW ASTM B117 per MIL-DTL-5541



AnoChem TCP meets and exceeds the following requirements:

  • MIL-DTL-5541, Type II
  • MIL-DTL-81706, Type II
  • AMS 2473 / AMS 2477
  • ASTM B921
  • IBM Finishing Code 41-218A
  • Lucent WL-2156 Oxidized Aluminum #571

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