Frequently Asked Questions
Customer care and high quality are mutually exclusive when you work with the Vegas Metal Finishing team. View answers to the most frequently asked questions then contact us to request a quote or get more information.
What is anodizing?
Anodizing is an environmentally-safe electrochemical process that converts the aluminum metal surface into a porous aluminum oxide. It’s a finishing process used on aluminum parts and components to increase corrosion resistance. The Vegas Metal Finishing team can help you prevent wear on any of your aluminum products.
Why should I anodize parts or components?
Anodizing is the most commonly specified finish for aluminum machined parts. The process enhances corrosion resistance, prevents abrasion, increases wear resistance, and creates a hard, durable surface for any conditions.
Can an anodized coating be stripped?
Yes, but it’s common to lose material in the process.
Can you strip a polished part?
Stripping a machined or polished part will remove the anodize and any color, but will also remove the polish and "shine" to the part and will come out "matte" during the re-anodize process. In order to regain the "shine" it will need to be polished again after it's stripped before we re-anodize. We do not offer polishing services.
What aluminum alloy is recommended for anodizing?
5000 and 6000 series are recommended to plate because there is less of a risk for damage to the materials. 2000 series can also be used, but due to its higher copper content, it can be difficult to work with.
Does the type of alloy affect anodizing?
Absolutely yes, they do. Aluminum alloys can have an effect on anodizing. Alloying elements such as copper and zinc do not anodize, so high-copper or zinc alloys such as 7075 or 2024 will give noticeably different colors than lower copper alloys such as 6061, both with dyed parts and with clear anodizing. Generally, 6061, the 3000, and 5000 series alloys will anodize reasonably consistently with each other. 7075 will show a yellow tint in clear anodizing, due to the high zinc content, and black will not be as deep. 1000 series, while rarely specified, actually anodizes the best of all, being the closest to pure aluminum.
Does the alloy affect the anodizing color?
Please keep in mind that different alloys can hold color differently. For example 6061, 7075, and castings all dyed the same color may have shade variations when held side by side. For best color matching results please use the same alloy type.
Do we offer polishing services?
No, we do not offer polishing services at this time.
Do we offer TY II Anodize plating?
Yes we do. The plating thickness ranges from .0002” to .0007” nominal thickness.
Do we fix dents, dings, or scratches?
We do not fix dents, dings, or scratches, but will contact you if we notice any damage prior to any anodizing service.
Can you color match anodized aluminum?
Yes! We currently offer a variety of primary and specialty color options. Primary color options include clear, black, blue, purple, gold, red, and hard natural which included 6061 - grey and 7075 - honeybadger. Specialty color options include flat dark earth (FDE), brown camo, orange, grey blue, gunmetal, OD green, copper, and pink.
Can we anodize castings?
Yes, on an as-needed basis.
Can I walk in without an appointment?
Yes, we do accept walk-in customers. We are located at 55 W Mayflower Ave, North Las Vegas, NV 89030.
What is the standard lead time?
Our typical lead time is 2-3 weeks, but varies based on our current production. It’s best to contact us beforehand.
Can we bring only 1 or 2 parts?
Yes you can, but it will most likely incur a minimum lot charge fee.
What are rack marks?
Rack marks are the small contact points leaving exposed areas on the anodized parts as a result of the process. Electrical contact must be made to each part to be anodized. Rack marks serve two functions: 1. It provides a way to physically hold the part. 2. It is the means by which electrical current enters the part. The more electrical current required, the greater the electrical contact.
How thick is hard coat?
Nominal is .002 mils +/- 20%.
How do you check thickness?
We use DeFelsko, Sper Scientific, and Oakton calibrated test meters as well as having an onsite lab to check thickness.
Do you offer tiered pricing?
Tiered pricing is calculated on a per PO basis. Please contact us for more information.
Are there any additional fees or charges?
All invoices are subject to 8% environmental surcharge, and will be displayed as a separate line item on each invoice unless otherwise established. Expedited orders (parts ran within 72 business hours) are subject to a $200 expedited service fee.