Anodizing is an art as much as it is science. Finding the balance of chemistry and process to give the desired outcome of surface appearance and finish. Anodizing can be both functional as well as decorative. Increasing the natural oxide layer of aluminum improves wear properties and corrosion resistance, while also changing reflectance and allowing dyes to be absorbed form improved cosmetics.

Starting with a clean surface, and then modifying etch rates, etch type, and surface finish prior to anodize, many profiles and appearances can be created.


  • CAL CLEAN 657
    CAL CLEAN 657

    Phosphated alkaline cleaner designed:
    • To thoroughly remove oils and soils from aluminum without etch or effecting the surface.
    • Emulsification of oils/greases, particle suspension, and long tank life.
    • Operation – Immersion

    Metal Safety – ferrous and non-ferrous

  • CAL PREP 138 ND
    CAL PREP 138 ND

    Acid etchant
    • Produce a uniform micro-etch, matte finish on aluminum prior to anodizing
    • Operation – Immersion or spray

    Metal Safety – Aluminum

  • CAL CLEAN 65
    CAL CLEAN 65

    Caustic etchant
    • Produce a deeper profile, uniform etch on aluminum prior to anodizing.
    • Operation – Immersion

    Metal Safety – Aluminum

  • CAL PREP 6116
    CAL PREP 6116

    Powdered acid salt designed to:
    • Produce an extremely matte etch profile on aluminum prior to anodizing.
    • Operation – Immersion

    Metal Safety – Aluminum

  • CALODIZE 3500
    CALODIZE 3500

    Nickel acetate seal to operate at moderate temperatures.
    Does not:
    • Does not yellow, smut the substrate, or affect dyes.
    • Good corrosion resistance.

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