Finishing Services

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Finishing Capabilities

  • Anodizing, Type II and III
  • Passivation
  • Electropolishing
  • Precision Masking
  • Powder Coating
  • Chemical Film

Why Qualtek is “the” Premier Anodizer

IHAA International Hard Anodizing Association

To be a great anodizer you must do multiple things well: process control, work order development, develop the "recipe", produce the "recipe", maintain chemistry, and manage wastewater control. Qualtek delivers high quality in each function at the same time.

Metal Finishing Explained

Finishing Department — Water Conservation Champions

Qualtek implemented a water conservation program and immediately cut its water use by more than 174,000 gallons a month. Most of the water savings came from the finishing department. Additional water savings were realized through installing a system to cool motors. Colorado Springs Utilities recognized Qualtek as Commercial Water Champions.

Customized Electropolishing Fits Client Needs

A client needed a unique finish on a medical product that was stamped at Qualtek. We suggested electropolishing for a fine smooth shiny finish. However, the part needed a matte rather than shiny finish. Qualtek developed a special solution (nick-named Willy’s Sauce) that provided just the right matte surface with the fine clean finish needed for the product.

Sustainable Manufacturing Processes

We’re maintaining our local environment at the same time we are creating jobs and great products. ~ Chris Fagnant

Finishing Specifications Sheet

Anodizing Type II and Type III
RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU)
  • MIL-A-8625 Type II Class I
  • MIL-A-8625 Type II Class II
  • MIL-A-8625 Type III Class I
  • MIL-A-8625 Type III Class II
Metal Types
  • Aluminum alloys including all 2000, 6000, 7000 series wrought alloys
  • Aluminum
  • Black
  • Clear
  • Improved wear resistance, and hardness
  • Improved paint adhesion
  • Stain resistant, easy to clean, and is heat resistant
  • Corrosion resistance including marine, industrial, and high humidity
  • In compliance with RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU)
RoHS Compliant Processes
  • AMS 2700E Method 1 Type 7
  • AMS 2700E Method 1 Type 8
  • AMS 2700E Method 2
  • ASTM A967/A967M-13 Nitric 3
  • ASTM A967/A967M-13 Nitric 4
  • ASTM A967/A967M-13 Citric 1
  • ASTM A967/A967M-13 Citric 2
  • ASTM A967/A967M-13 Citric 3
  • STM B912-02
Metal Types
  • Stainless steel
  • Improved corrosion resistance
  • Uniform, smooth appearance and finish
  • Contaminant Removal
  • In compliance with RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU)
  • Medical & Dental Equipment
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive Industries
  • General Manufacturing
Metal Types
  • Stainless steel with 4% or greater nickel
  • Shiny
  • Matte
  • Increased Resistance to Corrosion
  • Improved Surface Finish
  • Reduced Product Adhesion & Ease of Cleaning
  • Deburring
Precision Masking
Types of Materials Used
  • High-temperature tape that can withstand 400 degrees
  • Custom cut silicon rubber masks
  • Hand-applied lacquer paint used for intricate masking
  • Plugs for holes
  • Prevent coating deposits to specific surfaces
  • Protect select surfaces from the finishing process
  • Mating surfaces of two parts need to be masked for grounding purposes or because they are bearing surfaces
Powder Coating
  • General Manufacturing
  • Automotive
  • Agricultural & Construction
  • Electrical & Industrial
Metal Types
  • Mild steel
  • Aluminum
  • Per customer specifications
  • More durable finish than liquid paints
  • Attractive finish
  • Coating more resistant to impact, moisture, chemicals, utraviolet light, and other extreme weather conditions
Chemical Film
RoHS Compliant Processes
  • MIL-DTL-5541 Type II Class 1A
  • MIL-DTL-5541 Type II Class 3
Processes (NOT RoHS Compliant)
  • MIL-C-5541 Class 1A
  • MIL-C-5541 Class 3
  • MIL-DTL-5541 Type I Class 1A
  • MIL-DTL-5541 Type I Class 3
  • MIL-DTL-5541 Class 1A
  • MIL-DTL-5541 Class 3
Metal Types
  • Aluminum
  • Improve adhesion for paints and primers
  • Surface corrosion protection while maintaining connectivity
  • In compliance with RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU)

Download MF RoHS Declaration — Form Number EMS-001