Light, strong, a great reflector and conductor and also the earth’s most abundant metal in the form of bauxite; it’s no wonder that aluminium has countless domestic and commercial applications.
Like all metals, aluminium oxidises when exposed to the air. Unlike iron, for instance, which rusts and eventually disintegrates, aluminium develops an oxide coating which protects the metal beneath.
Working with natural processes
The benefit of this is that designers can work with the oxidation process to produce even better aluminium products. Not only that, but the oxide coating can be induced by passing an electric current through the aluminium, which is then placed in an acid bath. This releases oxygen to react with the aluminium, coating it in a protective layer which can be as thick or thin as required, according to the length of time the metal is in the bath.
An easy and effective way to create beautiful surfaces
Lacquer and paint can be applied to the metal using this process. This results in rich and gleaming surfaces that are used across a range of commercial and industrial sectors. Anodised aluminium shines wherever visual qualities need to be matched with supreme practicality. Unsurprisingly, this is a go-to …