Insta-Blak A385 Immersion or Swab-on Blackener for Aluminum

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Insta-Blak A-385 is an aluminum-blackening process that can be used as both an immersion and a swab-on solution. It's an easy-to-use finish that requires no special equipment or procedures. One gallon of Insta-Blak A-385 can coat 150–250 sq. ft. of aluminum parts.

PLEASE NOTE: Orders ship within 3 business days.

Health Hazard
Health Hazard
Irritant
Irritant

How to Use Insta-Blak A-385

Insta-Blak A-385 can be used to give aluminum and its alloys a decorative gray-to-black finish without the use of professional equipment or precautions.

Use Insta-Blak A-385 to:
  • Blacken aluminum and its alloys at room temperature
  • Eliminate need for special equipment, safety/control procedures, ventilation, and heating
  • Achieve pewter gray to deep black finishes, depending on dilution and immersion time
  • Use as an immersion solution (when diluted)
  • Use as a swab-on solution (when used at full strength)
  • Achieve minimal thickness and no dimensional change
  • Avoid caustic fumes, unpleasant odors, and safety hazards

How to Use Insta-Blak A-385

Insta-Blak A-385 can be used to give aluminum and its alloys a decorative gray-to-black finish without the use of professional equipment or precautions.

Use Insta-Blak A-385 to:
  • Blacken aluminum and its alloys at room temperature
  • Eliminate need for special equipment, safety/control procedures, ventilation, and heating
  • Achieve pewter gray to deep black finishes, depending on dilution and immersion time
  • Use as an immersion solution (when diluted)
  • Use as a swab-on solution (when used at full strength)
  • Achieve minimal thickness and no dimensional change
  • Avoid caustic fumes, unpleasant odors, and safety hazards
  • Customer Questions
  • Product Attachments
Can EPi process parts for me?
Yes! EPi's staff would be more than happy to process sample parts for you. We actually prefer it that way, so that you can see exactly how the finishing looks on your parts, and you can be sure you'll be happy with the results. Please fill out ...
Are there distributors of EPi products near my location?
Please call EPi at 262-786-9330 or email: us-sales@epi.com.
Where can I find a technical data sheet (TDS) or safety data sheet (SDS) for EPi's products?
These documents can be found on each product page. You can download PDFs of TDSs, SDSs, product brochures, and more.
When will my order ship?
Please see each individual product page for more information on the availability of each item. We try to process and ship non-sample orders in 3 business days. Samples and Trial Kits have a 5 business day lead time to process and ship. Also, after...
How do I track my order?
Click the "Login" link at the top right-hand side of our site to track your order. If you do not have an account with us just give us a call at 262-786-9330.
How do I create an account?
Click the "Login" link at the top right-hand side of site.
How do I return a product?
Please call us at 262-786-9330 or email: us-sales@epi.com.
Does EPi ship to international countries?
EPi's ecommerce site cannot accept online online orders from outside the continental United States. To place an order for shipment to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or an international country, please call 262-786-9330 or email us-sales@epi.com.
What is black oxide?
Black oxide is a blend of caustic, oxidizers, and additives that is used on ferrous metals. There are three types of metal blackening: hot, mid, and room temperature blackening. EPi was the first company to offer all three processes. <...
What makes EPI’s black oxide and metal-blackening processes better?
Insta-Blak processes do not produce smutty rub-offs like other room-temperature products. Our Ultra-Blak products are premium-grade black oxide, and Kool-Blak does not produce a smutty rub off like other mid-temperature processes. They are easy-...
What are the advantages of black oxide and metal blackening?
Ultra-Blak:
  • Produces true black oxide finish Fe3O4 magnetite finish
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Corrosion protection
  • Meets military spec MIL-DTL-13924D and AMS 2485H
  • Blackens faster than other...
What can black oxide be used for?
Black oxide can be used on a wide variety of metals. Examples of specific products that can be blackened with black oxide are listed below. 
  • Locks
  • Automobile and motorcycle parts
  • Machine parts
  • Power ...
Who uses black oxide?
Large companies such as lock manufacturers or auto manufacturers use black oxide on a large-scale basis to blacken metal parts. Black oxide can also be used by the home hobbyist who would prefer to blacken just a few items. Below are some of the major...
How is black oxide applied?
Hot- and mid-temperature black oxide is applied through a seven-step process.
  1. Clean and degrease metal parts
  2. Rinse metal parts
  3. Hydrochloric acid
  4. Rinse metal parts
  5. Blacken parts in boiling solution (hot...
What types of metal can you blacken with hot or room-temperature black oxide ?
  • Steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Cast iron
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Cadmium
  • Zinc
  • Nickel
  • Electroless nickel

More Information

More Information
Best Seller No
Blackening Features Anti Galling, Smut-Free
Hazardous Material Yes
Industrial Use Only No
Replacement For / Same As Aluma Black A15, Black Al

FAQ (15)

Customer Questions
Can EPi process parts for me?
Yes! EPi's staff would be more than happy to process sample parts for you. We actually prefer it that way, so that you can see exactly how the finishing looks on your parts, and you can be sure you'll be happy with the results. Please fill out ...
Are there distributors of EPi products near my location?
Please call EPi at 262-786-9330 or email: us-sales@epi.com.
Where can I find a technical data sheet (TDS) or safety data sheet (SDS) for EPi's products?
These documents can be found on each product page. You can download PDFs of TDSs, SDSs, product brochures, and more.
When will my order ship?
Please see each individual product page for more information on the availability of each item. We try to process and ship non-sample orders in 3 business days. Samples and Trial Kits have a 5 business day lead time to process and ship. Also, after...
How do I track my order?
Click the "Login" link at the top right-hand side of our site to track your order. If you do not have an account with us just give us a call at 262-786-9330.
How do I create an account?
Click the "Login" link at the top right-hand side of site.
How do I return a product?
Please call us at 262-786-9330 or email: us-sales@epi.com.
Does EPi ship to international countries?
EPi's ecommerce site cannot accept online online orders from outside the continental United States. To place an order for shipment to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or an international country, please call 262-786-9330 or email us-sales@epi.com.
What is black oxide?
Black oxide is a blend of caustic, oxidizers, and additives that is used on ferrous metals. There are three types of metal blackening: hot, mid, and room temperature blackening. EPi was the first company to offer all three processes. <...
What makes EPI’s black oxide and metal-blackening processes better?
Insta-Blak processes do not produce smutty rub-offs like other room-temperature products. Our Ultra-Blak products are premium-grade black oxide, and Kool-Blak does not produce a smutty rub off like other mid-temperature processes. They are easy-...
What are the advantages of black oxide and metal blackening?
Ultra-Blak:
  • Produces true black oxide finish Fe3O4 magnetite finish
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Corrosion protection
  • Meets military spec MIL-DTL-13924D and AMS 2485H
  • Blackens faster than other...
What can black oxide be used for?
Black oxide can be used on a wide variety of metals. Examples of specific products that can be blackened with black oxide are listed below. 
  • Locks
  • Automobile and motorcycle parts
  • Machine parts
  • Power ...
Who uses black oxide?
Large companies such as lock manufacturers or auto manufacturers use black oxide on a large-scale basis to blacken metal parts. Black oxide can also be used by the home hobbyist who would prefer to blacken just a few items. Below are some of the major...
How is black oxide applied?
Hot- and mid-temperature black oxide is applied through a seven-step process.
  1. Clean and degrease metal parts
  2. Rinse metal parts
  3. Hydrochloric acid
  4. Rinse metal parts
  5. Blacken parts in boiling solution (hot...
What types of metal can you blacken with hot or room-temperature black oxide ?
  • Steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Cast iron
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Cadmium
  • Zinc
  • Nickel
  • Electroless nickel
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