Lacquering & anodizing

Lacquering & anodizing, what are the differences ?


Lacquering & thermolacquering


These two processes are used and appreciated for the aesthetism improvement of ferrous and non-ferrous materials.


Why lacquering or thermolacquering (also known as powder-coating)?


Contrary to what people think, it is quite possible to combine aesthetism and safety at the same time, in insuring that the fall arrest systems blends perfectly in the architecture.

This is where lacquering and powder coating processes come into play.
These will allow you to transform our fall arrest systems with a metallic appearance into furniture that will integrate perfectly into your architecture, while at the same time being forgotten.


Lacquering benefits:


Lacquering allows color application on metallic pieces both basic and complex as well as fragile. This process can be applied to all pieces and supports.

For static profiles, lacquering and thermolacquering are perfectly adapted. Indeed, they are cheaper than anodizing and offer a large panel of colors.


Thermolacquering benefits:


Thermolacquering confers a surface hardness and a long-lasting color fastness thanks to a great shock and corrosion resistance. This process uses liquid paint and is more economical and environmental-friendly than traditional lacquering, which uses a powder without drying.

Thermolacquering process allows to increase significantly the durability of aluminium products while conferring a significant aesthetic aspect to it.

Powder tinting process (reheated in the oven) allows association of various colors and new textures (metallic aspects, mat, stain, scratched, hammered, glossy, or wood tone decorations, …).







Why anodizing?


Our aluminium products are sometimes installed in agressive environments and need to get a treatment in order to ensure their resistance and lifespan.

On the other hand, lacquering is not recommended for the treatment of a profile on which pieces would slide (for example our rail lifelines: ALTIRAIL, ALTIRAIL LR, COMBIRAIL et VERTIRAIL). Thus, in these cases, we will have to use the anoodizing process.


Anodizing benefits:


Anodizing is the perfect combination of protection & aesthetism.

Indeed, it improves the product robustness while preserving its metallic appearance without denaturing the product, and allows it to perfectly blend into the structure.


What is anodizing?


Anodizing is reserved for aluminium profiles.

By creating an artificial layer of ultra-restistant oxide within the metal, anodizing not only improves the aesthetics of the product but also provides optimum protection against erosion and atmospheric pollutants attacks.

Generally speaking, the more protection a product requires, the thicker the anodizing layer will be. Therefore the anodizing process depends on the environment in which the product will be exposed.


Which staining process for my aluminium product?


  • Indoor: the product will generally be subject to chemical staining, reserved for an indoor exposure as it is not UV resistant

  • Outdoor: the product will be subject to electrolytic staining (consisting of depositing metal particles in the pores of the product).




Need some advice regarding anodizing or (thermo)lacquering of your fall protection system?


Do not hesitate to contact our teams which will study with care your contraints and needs!


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