Aluminum Window Frame Finishes

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  1. We're Here
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    I have a decision to make regards the finish on aluminum window frames. Anodizing or powder coating are the options. These are Diamond Sea Glaze so I think finish prep isn't a variable. So, in your experience, which is these two are the longer lasting? Thanks.
     
  2. PAR
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    DSG, I'm pretty sure uses powder coating, but anodizing also works. What are your concerns, as DSG will make some nice ports, hatches or lights for you? Powder coating is a little harder and probably more scratch resistant.
     
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    I'm seeking experiences regards which of the two will look better after several seasons. I have seen powder coat fail during that span of time but I have no idea what level of prep was behind it. Again, I have no doubt about DSG's prep of either finish. Thanks.
     
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    We have DSG windows in our boat which is now in its 10th year and there has been no degradation of the profiles
     
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    Anodized or powder coat or ...
     
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    sorry brain failure, powder coat
     
  7. PAR
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    Durability can certainly be quantifiable, though considerable subjective consideration must be accepted. By this I mean how are the samples treated. If you don't abuse either, then both will have a long life, but if you expect considerable abuse, the harder coating might be a better choice. Anodizing, as I mentioned is a bit softer and scratches easier, but has proven a very good coating, given reasonable care and use. Ports, hatches and light frames don't see a lot of abuse, typically being away from things that might get dragged over them. Hatches might see the most abuse, but compared to a mast (for example) an easy life comparatively, especially considering how well anodizing has worked on sailboat spars. On the other hand stanchion tubing, bases and fittings do see a rough life, with lines (etc.) being dragged over them a lot, so maybe powder coating is a better choice.
     

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    Powder coating it is! Thank you all for the thoughtful input.
     
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