The bottom line is it's difficult to get custom anodized aluminum rings. It's not impossible. Below I'll discuss all the complications involved and tell you what we can do.
First some terms. We have machine cut and saw cut anodized aluminum. We also have bulk anodized and bright anodized aluminum. All machine cut are bulk anodized only. Saw cut is mostly bright anodized with a few exceptions - i.e. old stock, yellow and orange.
Bulk anodized - you can tell these most easily by the ends of the ring - they are anodized. Bulk anodizing is the only process that will work on machine cut rings. Bulk anodizing will not anodize 100% of the rings; a few rings will be uncolored or miscolored and there will be a few touch marks. We've been doing this process for years and sold hundreds of millions of bulk anodized rings.
Bulk anodized colors (machine cut colors):
Black, Blue, Bronze, Dark Purple, Green, Gold, Orange, Pink, Red, Violet, Yellow
Custom colors available - Turquoise, clear (light grey).
Bright anodized - You can tell these from the bright glossy colors and the fact that the ends are not anodized. There is no color variation within a batch and no miscolored rings. Also the anodized coating is thicker, more UV resistance and all round better. Only saw cut rings can be made with the process as the coils are anodized then cut. We started offering bright anodized in 2010. By the end of 2011 we were fully stocked. We're now expanding the offering to other sizes.
Bright anodized standard colors (saw cut colors)
Black, Black Ice, Champagne, Gold, Pink, Red, Royal Blue, White
Custom colors we run about once a year - we can get any custom color we want and no extra cost so long as we make a min 500 lb order.
Green, Mint Green (light green), Purple, Lavender (light purple)
There are several different cases to consider - each has different requirements.
Q. I want a color you offer, in a size you offer in anodized aluminum, but you don't stock the combination I want. For example I want machine cut 12g 7/16" pink.
Either you are looking at a size that is a low volume seller (such as 12g 7/16") or a size that is new or maybe be phased out. We might be able to help you but the problem will be a significant minimum order.
A. For machine cut - we'll do it but we typically need a min order of $200 worth of the product and lead-time can vary from 4-16 weeks depending on when our next shipment is going out to be anodized. To be clear this is $200 for each custom item - so if you want a color in 2 sizes that's $400 minimum.
A. For saw cut - we can do the bulk anodized colors with a $200 min order (4-16 week lead time). If you need the bright rack anodized colors you just need to wait - we'll stock all available bright colors in all sizes we carry as soon as possible.
Q. I want a color you offer, but a want it in a size or cut you do not offer in anodized aluminum.. For example 16g 7/32" machine cut.
A. This is tricky. There are 2 options - go big or go small.
Going big - you need to buy the whole batch - the batches are big.
Bulk anodizing (machine cut colors) batches are between 18 and 30 lbs depending on ring size (the bigger the ring the bigger the batch.
Bright anodized batches (saw cut colors) are a minimum 200 four foot long coils (i.e. for 16g that is 150,000 rings). You will get a great volume discount but you still need about $500 investment to get a single color in a custom size.
Going small -
Bulk anodizing (machine cut colors) - we will string some rings on a wire and include in a batch of a different size. $10 fee plus the cost of the closest sized anodized rings. Lead time 4-16 weeks.
We will not bulk anodize 19g and thinner rings as there are too many duds with tiny rings. The saw cut bright anodizing is best for 19g and thinner.
Q. I want a custom color.
A. Custom colors will always be handled on a case by case basis. If we like you custom color we'll lower your min order and buy some ourselves. We can buy custom dyes in any color. The dyes can be matched to samples, pantone numbers, etc. The dyes are expensive and you need to order a pile of rings to make it worthwile. We are willing to split custom color costs to make it more possible but you'll need to make at about a $1000 ring order in the custom color (can be multiple sizes).
Bulk anodizing (machine cut colors) - the dyes are slightly cheaper than for bright and last forever - for example the pink is a custom color we bought for the bulk anodizer. You will note that pink is no more likely to be out of stock and does not cost more than other colors.
Bright anodizing (saw cut colors) - the dyes are expensive and have a 6 month shelf life. The anodizer will buy us a custom dye at no extra cost with a 500 lb order (all at once). Its possible to mix sizes so long as there is 200 coil min lots - although its really 400 coil min lots per wire size to make it even trickier. For example we can get 200 coils of 16g 1/4" and 200 coils of 16g 5/16" to complete a full tank. You can also get more then one shade out of a dye. For example our lavender and purple are the same dye at different saturation.
We are not able to make the following colors at this time: lime green, magenta or burgundy (some red rings we sell are darker and look burgundy already)