Anodizing is an electro-chemical process that allows dye to penetrate the surface of aluminum.
Before anodizing, we cut the mill-finish aluminum into manageable sizes, and emboss it with fabric or texture it in some other manner.
The anodizing process starts with suspending the aluminum in a chemical solution and an electric current is applied to it. This produces an oxide coating (like tarnishing silver) that is porous. The aluminum is then immersed in dye baths of various colors to achieve the color desired. The dye is trapped in the surface by sealing it in a hot bath. The result is a beautiful and durable finish.
Anodizing is a protective as well as a decorative finish. The oxide coating that is grown in the surface is harder than the aluminum itself. Aluminum oxide is one of the materials used for sandpaper abrasives. Calphalon™ brand cookware is an example of commercially produced anodized aluminum. Exterior architectural decorative elements are also made of anodized aluminum as well as the brightly colored aluminum tumblers from the 1950's.
The dyes used in producing our colors are similar to fabric dyes. Prolonged exposure to ultra-violet light may cause them to fade. Therefore, we recommend that our mobiles be installed indoors where they will be protected from day-long sunshine and not be tangled by windy conditions that may also cause damage.
Anodized aluminum cleans easily with a damp cloth. Mild soap can be used for stubborn dirt, then rinsed clean. Do not use abrasive cleaners or polish.