Frequently asked questions
What are your prices for anodising?
We have minimum order chsrges as follows.
Sulphuric anodising: £45.00
Hard Anodising £70.00
Bead Blasting £45
Express service charge (Next day requirement): +100% of total cost.
Parts are priced individually depending on the number of components that can fit on to one jig, the complexity of jigging, and whether any masking is required.
Prices start for clear anodising at about £0.25.
What is your expected turnaround?
We try to turn work around within 3 working days.
This is massively subject to the number of components, how busy we are at that particular time, whether the parts need bead blasting, masking or polishing prior to anodising etc.
If you have a job that requires an express service then you can pay a 100% premium to fast track your work.
What metals can be anodised?
Essentially, only aluminium.
Aluminium and it's alloys come in many different forms. The best grade for anodising is 6082 and 7075 although 2014 is okay, but not for hard anodising.
A lot of other alloys have other metals mixed in with them to give them strength and other properties which may be required for certain engineering applications but are not always suitable for cosmetic finishes with anodising.
Forgings, extrusions, sheet metal and parts milled from billet are all forms of aluminium that can be anodised.
Castings, due to their porous structure and foreign metals used when pouring the moulten metal are not usually succesful in anodising.
What size parts can you anodise?
No part is too small.
Our main anodising vats are over 2 meters long, however this does not mean we can anodise 2 meter long parts.
All the pre-treatment vats, the water rinses, our dyes and seal tanks are somewhat smaller so the maximum size we can comfortably anodise is approximately 1 meter for clear and hard anodising and about 50cm x 50cm for colours.
Why doesn't Steve wear shoes?
Steve the MD is mostlty barefoot. A lot of people find this a bit odd... some people even think it is dangerous or dirty.
Did you know that the human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles and tendons.
With so many articulated joints, doesn't it seem odd that we restrict our feet in cramped footwear?
Shoes are a relativly recent invention. Humans coped perfectly fine without them for thousands of years. Shoes have become a social requirement and a fashion statement brought about by the higher classes and large corporate shoe manufacturers sponsoring highly respected atheletes.
Shoes are infact quite nasty. They promote us to walk and run unnaturally, heel striking which can transmit large forces up the leg and in to the knees hips and back,
Shoes are also a breeding ground for bacteria. That foot odour smell you associate with removing shoes after a long day is actually bacteria doing lots of little bacteria poos.
The warm, damp and dark environment your shoes provide is a perfect habitat for all kinds of nasties to flourish, including fungal and bacerial infections.
Some of the most common ailments associated with longterm shoe wearing include:
Ridiculous tan lines
Fungal nail infections
Ankle sprains and breaks
Knee, hip and back problems - due to heel strike and posture
Fallen arches due to weakened muscles of the foot
Hypersensitivity - touch, hot and cold etc.
Blisters and sores
Nails falling off completely
Overly soft skin which is prone to injury
Another reason is that shoes aren't particularly environmentaly friendly when you think about.
I don't think very much is actually recycled from shoes and there are BILLIONS of them in the world today. Most just get thrown away and a lot of people have several pairs they never even wear.... so it is actually a good money saving idea to be barefoot too.