Lumiclad black oxide is a blackening method by which aluminum alloys can be coated with a durable and attractive black finish. Utilizing a simple immersion tank process line, the Lumiclad solutions carry out a two-stage chemical reaction to form an attractive, satin-gloss black finish that is tightly adherent to the aluminum surface.
With a coating thickness of only 0.000060 inches (1.5 microns), the Lumiclad finish is quite smooth and durable, and has a smooth crystal structure that absorbs an optional topcoat, such as a dry-to-touch sealant or clear polymer. The result is an attractive satin-gloss black surface that is well-suited for many machine/tool or decorative applications requiring good sales appeal and scratch resistance.
Until today, black anodizing has been the only viable option for manufacturers of many aluminum components. While the anodized finish is extremely durable, the process itself is so complex that only those who specialize in it can operate it properly. In addition, the anodized coating is thick enough to cause a measurable dimensional change and close down critical hole diameters. While the protective properties are very high, they are often far higher than the application demands. Similarly, the cost of the anodizing is often prohibitively high, as well.
Safe Scrub® Etch Cleaner is a heavy-duty alkaline cleaner and micro-Etchant for aluminum surfaces that prepares the aluminum surface for blackening in Lumiclad® Black Oxide. Supplied as a liquid concentrate, Safe Scrub Etch Cleaner contains biodegradable surfactants for free rinsing and effective cleaning on all aluminum alloys.
This product is an excellent water displacer that forms an invisible protective film on fine quality surfaces or non-porous surfaces. Ideal for use as a sealant for the Lumiclad® black oxide on aluminum because it is non-porous, but it also works very well to seal zinc or nickel plated surfaces to enhance the corrosion resistance in low-current density areas, or on parts that require a sealant that is not noticeable itself, such as fine-quality gages, calipers, micrometers, etc.
Not for sale in California. Please see Dri-Touch Low-VOC.
An acrylic polymer emulsion that forms a smooth, Satin-gloss dry finish with a film thickness of about 0.0002”. For applications requiring excellent appearance for sales appeal or retail sale. The finish has a pleasing Satin gloss with no ruboff residue, making it compatible with retail packaging or useful on parts that need clean handling properties. Can be applied in a heated dipping tank to speed drying.
Safe Scrub® M Multi-Metal Cleaner is a biodegradable soak tank degreaser used to remove oils, coolants and other soils from any metal surface. Supplied as a liquid concentrate, Safe Scrub M mixes easily with water, rinses freely and contains no caustic soda. Consequently, the product works effectively on all ferrous metals, aluminum, brass and zinc.