file Question How deep engraving eloxiert aluminium

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08 Apr 2016 01:39 #32925 by julius
I would engrave some serial numbers on an anodized alu plate (1mm thickness) but, at the same time, I don't want to damage too much the anodized layer that is protecting the material from corrosion/oxidation.
How much deep I can go with the engraving bit? 0.15-0.20 mm will be safe? :dry:
Or I should be no worry about it since the corrosion will attack only the engraved zones leaving the rest undamaged? Anybody has experience about that?

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08 Apr 2016 08:17 #32928 by Joules
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If corrosion is a big worry, engraving will allow it to spread (slowly) under the anodising. I would make a mask for your engraved area, then apply clear lacquer to seal the area after engraving. Even nail varnish would seal the surface.

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08 Apr 2016 12:22 #32938 by julius
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Thanks for the idea Joules.
Any suggestion about what (cheap) sprayed product I could use? As I know it is not easy for a paint to adhere on an aluminium surface.
(Lacquer is not a finishing layer for the wood? It will be durable on alu?)

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08 Apr 2016 17:33 #32945 by Joules
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The stuff they overcoat car body paint is also referred to as lacquer. Very hard wearing and will stick to anodised surfaces if the surface is degreased.

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22 Apr 2016 22:38 #33443 by julius
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Joules wrote: The stuff they overcoat car body paint is also referred to as lacquer. Very hard wearing and will stick to anodised surfaces if the surface is degreased.

Where I can find that stuff? :unsure:

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