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Aluminum Finishing Guide Gets Revamp

Monday, February 16, 2015

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Specifiers and other building professionals have a newly updated resource on paint and anodized finishes for aluminum building components.

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has announced an updated version of its “Anodic Finishes/Painted Aluminum” reference document—AAMA AFPA-1-15.


AAMA’s Anodic Finishes/Painted Aluminum Task Group says the reference document provides users and specifiers information on paint and anodized finishes for architectural aluminum.

The updates reflect newer technologies now involved in the anodizing process, which produce coatings that are “thicker than nature’s version, harder and very durable,” according to the association.

The document describes the appearance and physical properties of anodic finishes by three factors:

  • Aluminum alloy and temper;
  • Surface treatment before anodizing; and
  • The type of electrolyte and operating techniques used in the anodizing process.

Update Needed

“There were certain finishes that were outdated and not used in the current architectural specifications,” according to Carl Troiano, vice chair of the AMC Anodic Finishes/Painted Aluminum Task Group.

“There were tests and procedures that needed to be verified or modified, along with clarifying and identifying the specifications.

“This revision streamlined the current specification.”

AAMA AFPA 1-15 may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication Store.

AAMA offers performance standards, product certification, and educational programs for the fenestration industry. AAMA’s membership is comprised of window, door, skylight, curtain wall and storefront manufacturers, suppliers and test labs.


Tagged categories: AAMA; Aluminum; Anodization; Certifications and standards; Coatings Technology; Coatings Technology; Fenestration; North America; Windows

Comment from wayne vutech, (3/26/2015, 10:24 PM)

When repainting or color change is needed by a new home owner years after installation what changes would the painting contractor have to make to insure proper adhesion?

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