Sulfuric Anodizing

What is Sulfuric Acid Anodize?

The sulfuric acid process is the most common method for anodizing. The sulfuric acid anodize process films range from .0001"-.001" thick. The overall thickness of the coating formed is 67 percent penetration in the substrate and 33 percent growth over the original dimension of the part. 

How is Sulfuric Acid Anodize different from other types of anodize?

It is particularly suited for applications where hardness and resistance to abrasion is required. However, where parts are subjected to considerable stress, (such as aircraft parts), the possible presence of the corrosive acid residue is undesirable. The porous nature of sulfuric acid films prior to sealing is used to particular advantage in the production of colored surface finishes on aluminum and its alloys. The porous aluminum oxide absorbs dyes well, and subsequent sealing helps to prevent color loss in service. Although dyed anodized films are reasonably colorfast, they have a tendency to bleach under prolonged direct sunlight. Some of the colors are: Black, Red, Blue, Green, Urban Grey, Coyote Brown, and Gold. Parts can be treated chemically or mechanically prior to anodizing to achieve a matte (non-reflective) finish.

What are the attributes / characteristics of Sulfuric Acid Anodize?

  • Less expensive than other types of Anodize with respect to chemicals used, heating, power consumption, and length of time to obtain required thickness.
  • More alloys can be finished.
  • Harder than chromic anodize.
  • Clearer finish permits dying with a greater variety of colors.
  • Waste Treatment is easier than chromic anodize, which also helps to reduce cost.

What are the applications of Sulfuric Acid Anodize?

  • Optical components
  • Hydraulic valve bodies
  • Military weapons
  • Computer and electronic enclosures
  • Mechanical hardware