SCHAUMBURG, IL - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has published AAMA 611-12, Voluntary Specification for Anodized Architectural Aluminum. AAMA 611-12 describes test procedures and requirements for high-performance (Class I) and commercial (Class II) architectural-quality aluminum oxide coatings applied to aluminum extrusions and panels for architectural products. The specification also covers anodized finishes produced in batch or continuous coil.

"Updated from the 1998 version, AAMA 611-12 includes clarification of visual inspection language regarding surface imperfections and addition of coating observation and angle inspection," said Andy Joswiak, Apogee Enterprises Inc./Linetec, Chair of the AAMA Anodic Finishes (AAMA 611) Task Group. "Also, the updated specification contains additions and clarifications of finishes to the applicable Aluminum Association Designation System for Aluminum Finishes for pretreatments and finishes."

AAMA 611-12 references important industry standards that include: AAMA 609 and 610-09, Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for Architecturally Finished Aluminum; AAMA 800-10, Voluntary Specifications and Test Methods for Sealants; and ASTM B 137-95 (2009), Standard Test Method for Measurement of Coating Mass per Unit Area on Anodically Coated Aluminum.

AAMA 611-12, Voluntary Specification for Anodized Architectural Aluminum, is available for AAMA members to download at a cost of $10. Non-members may purchase the document at a cost of $30 for download. The specification is also available for purchase on CD and hardcopy. To order AAMA 611-12, visit AAMA's Publication Store.