dazzling mirror-like appearance to a totally nonreflective texture,
specially prepared surface finishes add both functionality and
attractiveness to many products. A
matte finish is normally used on the interior of cameras, microscopes
and other optical products. The front panels of many pieces of
electronic equipment have a brushed or satin finish, while a
number of consumer products have enhanced appeal due to their highly polished
appearance. Medical and dental tools for surgery are another application
where a smooth polished surface is required. More than one texture can
often be utilized on a single component.
Both manual and automated polishing techniques are often utilized before
anodizing to smooth irregularities and increase surface reflectivity.
Polishing provides a highly decorative and mechanically smooth surface.
highly polished and
anodized finish adds eye appeal and value to any component.
A grained, brushed or satin surface, plus anodizing, yields a high-tech
satin look. Grained or blasted finishes are a practical method to remove
surface irregularities while imparting a quality textured finish prior
to applying a protective coating.
A variety of abrasive substances are used to break up or remove surface
irregularities. It is also useful for light deburring. This
technique creates nonreflective finish, within a range of
controlled textures, which may then be anodized.
sprockets were brush-finished for deburring, and then the resulting
grained finish was anodized and dyed. A wide range of color choices is
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