Linetec continues to grow its expansive palette with the introduction of Bordeaux Anodize. As the name describes, the hue leans toward rich burgundy tones and is created using inorganic tin and copper metals in the anodizing process.

As interest among the architectural industry remains high in the natural metal look, Bordeaux Anodize aluminum provides another option for both exterior and interior applications as extruded, stretch-formed or flat sheet architectural products.
Architects appreciate this unique finish for a wide range of projects: from eye-catching modern designs to historic restoration projects.

This exclusive, eco-friendly finish gives aluminum – including recycled aluminum – its bold and earthy burgundy appearance.

Like Linetec’s proprietary Copper Anodize finish, Bordeaux Anodize is achieved through a three-step electrolytic coloring process. The resulting finish meets or exceeds all AAMA-611 Class I specifications and weathering tests, and is supported with a five year warranty. Class I anodize is resistant to salt spray and the seacoast, and it is extremely durable in high traffic areas.


Rich burgundy color, with no patina over time

no clear coat required

Does not require a clear coat or ongoing treatment to maintain color stability.

No glavanic corrosion

Can be designed adjacent to other aluminum materials, without galvanic corrosion risk.

No Run-off stains

Will not leave run-off stains on the building’s exterior.

Architectural design ready

Available for extrusion, stretch-formed and flat sheet aluminum

Light weight & easibly transportable

Weighs less than half that of real copper, for easier transportation and installation.

Apply Before or after assemble

Material can be Bordeaux Anodized before or after assembly.


Linetec offers Bordeaux Anodize product warranties for customers.

AAMA Specification

Our Bordeaux Anodize product meets AAMA 611 Class I specification.

No harmful by-products

Bordeaux Anodize produces no harmful or dangerous by-products and is non-hazardous.

Structural Integrity

Protects and maintains the structural integrity of the aluminum.

Excpetional hardness

Bordeaux Anodize retains exceptional hardness and lasting durability.


Linetec’s exclusive Bordeaux anodize finish is achieved through a three-step electrolytic coloring process, rather than the standard two-step process. Parts are anodized and then introduced into two separate coloring tanks where elemental metals are placed into the pores of the anodic coating.

The first color tank contains tin and the second color tank contains copper. Slight variances in how much of each metal is placed in the pores will result in a shift of color and/or shade. Linetec’s goal is consistency throughout each job, and to achieve this fully-automated equipment is used. However, due to the complexity of the bordeaux anodize process, variation in both color and/or shade may exist.

Linetec Anodize Tank Lines

In addition to the anodize process there are many other factors that can affect the resulting color and/or shade and should be taken into consideration when considering Bordeaux anodize.

These factors can include but are not limited to:

  • Aluminum Alloy and Temper
  • Different Alloys and Tempers within the job
  • Part Orientation as it runs through the line
  • Part Size / Load Size
  • Different material types within job (break metal, extrusion and panels will not color the same)
  • Aluminum manufactured or extruded from different lots of raw material (If a job is of a size where multiple lots of material are necessary, use one lot of material for each elevation)

If variation is not allowable Linetec recommends one of their many paint finishes be considered.

If there are any questions regarding what can be done to limit the amount of variation, or other questions regarding the bordeaux process, prospective bordeaux anodize customers should contact their supplier or Linetec directly. Linetec’s bordeaux anodize will maintain its initial bordeaux color, will not patina over time, offers a standard 5-year warranty, and meets all AAMA 611 Class I specifications.

Specify Copper Anodize

FINISH CODE: ANO-730AE – Bordeaux Anodize

Standard 5-year warranty

Meets AAMA 611 specification

Meets AA-M10C21A44

Class I coating, minimum film thickness of 0.7 mils (18 microns)

Material Size Guidelines for Bordeaux Anodize

LENGTH24'(288") for weldable material
23' 6"(282") for clamp/bolt rack material
HEIGHT6' 6"(78")
WIDTH13" (13")

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American Architectural Manufacturers Association, a material-neutral organization, is the source of performance standards for the fenestration professionals of window, door, skylight, curtain wall and storefront manufacturing companies.


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