Environmentally Friendly Pretreatment Coating Process [click to enlarge]

Imagineering Finishing Technologies, a leader in the metal finishing industry, was contracted by the U.S. Military to apply a pre-treatment to military vehicle armor. This project required a coating that was environmentally friendly as well as one that provided a strong base for paint bonding. This Alodine 5200 titanium-based conversion coating was chromate free, making it a next-generation green coating that reduces the risk of health issues, and was a suitable product to use prior to application of a chemical agent resistant coating paint system.

To meet the needs of this client, we built a facility to accommodate the newest green technologies. We support the U.S. Military and tier 1 suppliers with this coating process on aluminum and other light metal alloy components. Our quality controls include coating weight testing, adhesion testing, and 240 hour salt spray testing of painted test coupons to ensure that all components meet our high standards. We also work to tightest tolerances of .0001″.

To learn more about this environmentally friendly pretreatment coating process project, please see the table below. If you have additional questions or would like to know more about our products or services, please contact us today.

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Highlights of this Environmentally Friendly Pretreatment Coating Process Project

Project Description

Environmentally Friendly Pretreatment Process for Military Vehicle Armor

Capabilities Applied/Processes
  • Chromium-Free conversion coating used as a pretreatment process prior to Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) paint system
  • IFT installed one of the largest installations in the US to apply this coating in support of the U.S. military and a number of tier 1 suppliers
Tightest Tolerances


Material of part

Aluminum and other light metal alloys

Materials of Coating

Alodine 5200 – Titanium based conversion coating

Benefits of Coating
  • Excellent pretreatment for paints and other organic
  • “Green” technology, Environmentally friendly process
  • Alodine 5200 is an option when a hexavalent chromium free pre-treatment is needed
  • Next-generation technology vs. outdated chromate conversion coatings
In process testing/inspection performed

Coating Weight Testing
Adhesion Testing
240 hour salt spray testing of painted test coupons

Industry for Use

Military / Defense

Standards Met
  • TACOM Approved
Product Name

Environmentally Friendly Pretreatment Process for Military Vehicle Armor