To help determine if an anodized finish is your best choice, we should start with a little research…
- What is anodizing?
According to anodizing.org, anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish. Aluminum is ideally suited to anodizing, although other nonferrous metals, such as magnesium and titanium, also can be anodized.
Let’s put that in terms us normal beings can understand… Anodizing covers the aluminum surface with a durable finish. This finish bonds to the aluminum and will not chip or flake off.
- What is the anodizing process?
Anodizing is accomplished by immersing the completely polished piece of aluminum into an acid electrolyte bath and passing an electric current through the medium. A cathode is mounted to the inside of the anodizing tank; the aluminum acts as an anode, so that oxygen ions are released from the electrolyte to combine with the aluminum atoms at the surface of the part being anodized. Anodizing is, therefore, a matter of highly controlled oxidation—the enhancement of a naturally occurring phenomenon.
- Why should I choose an anodized aluminum wakeboard tower?
The main benefit we see from the anodized finish for our aluminum towers isits ability to withstand harsher elements, such as salt-water. Aluminum has a tendency to oxidize over time. The anodized finish is a chemical coating over the aluminum that protects it from the oxidation process.
Another great benefit is durability. You can touch, grab, flick, or climb on an anodized tower and it will not be easy to see. This also creates a more “maintenance-free” appeal. The same cannot be easily said about a nice chrome-like polished finish.
So to bundle all of this up into a short sentence…
Anodized finish means a longer lasting finish and less maintenance cleaning it up!