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Updated Guides Focus on Finishing

Monday, March 30, 2015

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The risk of finish damage in architectural aluminum is addressed in two newly revised publications by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.

AAMA 609 & 610-15, Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for Architecturally Finished Aluminum, and CW-10-15, Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site, were updated to include a paragraph addressing finish damage, according to the association.

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AAMA says "a single, very important paragraph" addressing finish damage was added to both guidance documents.

“[The addition] puts the architects and curtain wall fabricators on notice that if the finish is compromised in any way, it may result in corrosion problems,” said Neil Chrisman, Spectrum Metal Finishing, and chair of the AAMA Aluminum Material Council Finishes Committee.

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Architecturally finished aluminum refers to any such material that has been treated with anodic or organic coatings, according to the AAMA.

AAMA 609 & 610-15 includes methods, equipment and materials applicable for cleaning such finished aluminum after construction and for subsequent periodic maintenance.


Architecturally finished aluminum is considered any that has been treated with anodic or organic coating systems.

AAMA CW-10-15 details the care and handling of architectural aluminum products from mill, to fabricator, to job site and through project completion.

More information: AAMA’s Publication Store.


Tagged categories: AAMA; Aluminum; Certifications and standards; Cladding; Curtain wall extrusions and cladding; Metal coatings; Shop-applied coatings; Substrates

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