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Aluminium Pet Tags

These top-quality anodised aluminium pet tags are amongst our best sellers, mostly for their striking colours and resiliance. They are Alcoa P1020 grade aluminium, electro-chemically anodised to 7microns (More than twice as thick as most other aluminium tags). They are amongst the most popular engraved pet tags we do. Other sites may make claims of better quality, but you'll go a long way to beat our quality AND prices!

You may find aluminium tags cheaper elsewhere - but they will not be very good quality. For true resilence and toughness, the tag should be anodised on the surface AND THE EDGES. In other words - the entire tag is coated with anodized material. Cheaper tags are stamped out of anodized sheet, leaving the edges raw aluminium. Our tags are totally coated with an impressive 7 microns (minimum) of anodised material, which is more than DOUBLE the thickness found on cheaper tags (2 to 3 microns).

Unlike many cheap anodised tags, these are individually anodised after they are stamped. Post-stamping anodising results in the entire tag being covered by the colouration, including the edges. Yes, it is more expensive to do it this way, but the result is a tag that is completely coated with the anodising material.

So you get a tag that is better quality, more resilient and has a longer life-span than cheaper tags.

Many metals are structurally weakened by the oxidation process, but not aluminum. Aluminium can actually be made stronger and more durable through a process called 'anodizing'. Anodising involves placing a sheet of aluminium into a chemical acid bath.

The sheet of aluminium becomes the positive anode of a chemical battery and the acid bath becomes the negative. An electric current passes through the acid, causing the surface of the aluminium to oxidize (essentially rust). The oxidized aluminium forms a strong coating as it replaces the original aluminium on the surface. This coating - aluminium oxide (Al2O3) is also known as Corundum.

Interestingly, it is the identical chemical structure of Sapphires and Rubies ! On the Mohs scale, diamond hardness is rated 10. Sapphire is close behind at 9.

The result is an extremely hard coating of Al2O3 - with the same hardness of sapphires and rubies.

So anodised aluminium can be nearly as hard as diamond under the right anodising process. Many modern buildings use anodised aluminium in places where the metal framework is exposed to the elements.

Anodised aluminium is also a popular material for making high-end cookware such as frying pans and pots. Heat is distributed evenly across anodised aluminium, and the process of anodising provides a naturally protective finish.

It is possible to use another electroplating process to make anodised aluminium look like copper or brass or other metals. Special dyes can also be used to color the anodised aluminium for decorative uses.

Our anodised aluminium pet tags are a very good example of a highly resilient and durable product made using this technique.

Plain water and a soft cloth should clean off most dirt deposits on the aluminium pet tag. If oily or greasy substances have found their way onto the tag, use a drop of dishwasher liquid and gently rub over the tag with bare fingers. Rinse thoroughly under cold water, then dry the tag with a soft lint-free cloth.