Specifiers can use the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA’s) standards as a guide to select the proper finish for architectural aluminum to meet a project’s performance and durability requirements.
Aluminum offers a wide range of properties and characteristics engineered to the demands of specific applications through choices of alloy, temper, and fabrication processes. When aluminum is anodized, it results in an extremely hard and durable surface finish.
In a recent issue of The Construction Specifier, we published a piece, “VOCs… and Beyond: Powder and Liquid Coatings Reviewed.” Two members of the Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) have since written in, clearing up some of the inaccurate information regarding anodizing.
When powder coatings were first introduced into the architectural market for metal surfaces, they were heralded as a vastly superior product and expected to quickly replace liquid paint and anodization.
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