When it comes to working with aluminum many people will create light weight and strong structures such as boxes, equipment and more. One of the processes needed to ensure the health and protection of the aluminum is to anodize it. The most common way to accomplish this is to create and use an anodizing tank.
This tank is a simple device that can be made from home. Using a simple bucket, acid and water anyone will be able to create the foundation for this tank. So why do you want to anodize aluminum to begin with? Simply put, when we anodize aluminum we are putting a protective barrier on top of the aluminum. This protective barrier will ensure the aluminum is protected from damage.
If aluminum is left out in the elements for an extended period of time it will become damaged. The aluminum will begin to crack and eventually break apart. The anodizing process that we go through helps to build a protective layer that prevents this damage.
Another reason to anodize aluminum is to add color to the surface. It is during this process that the pours of the aluminum will draw any pigment to the surface and sealing it between the aluminum and the anodized layer. This has the benefit of creating lifelong vibrant colors on the aluminum and increasing its usefulness in a wide range of projects.
When working with anodized aluminum make sure that you always were safety protection on your body and for your eyes. Since the process does involve using acids and other harsh chemicals you will want to ensure that all safety measures are in place.
Finally make sure that when you create his tank that you are in a well-lit and ventilated area. The process of anodizing aluminum will create harmful fumes that in inhaled can cause health concerns.