The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) released an updated document laying out the anodizing process with reference to architectural work.

The standard, AAMA Anodic Finishes/Painted Aluminum (AFPA), describes the anodizing process, which produces a coating that is thicker, harder and more durable than nature’s version. The document has been updated to reflect newer technologies now available for the process involved.

“AAMA AFPA-1 was a retired AAMA document,” says Linetec’s Andy Joswiak, chair of the AMC Anodic Finishes/Painted Aluminum Task Group “When the AAMA document CW-10 [Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site] was recently updated, it was decided to be streamlined by removing information that was not relevant to that specification. That information was important and was only available in the CW-10 specification.”

Joswiak says it was then they decided to bring the AAMA AFPA reference document out of retirement and update it to include the important information removed from AAMA CW-10.

“It took a lot of hard work by many, but ultimately, AAMA has provided an excellent reference document that gives users and specifiers expert information on paint and anodized finishes for aluminum building components,” says Joswiak.