This fascinating aesthetic is achieved through a process called anodisation. During anodisation, the deck is first cleaned and degreased to ensure that there are no impurities or contaminants that will interfere with the process. The aluminium components are then submerged into an acid bath, whereby the surface of the deck is etched to create a microscopically porous layer. It is this porous layer that is absolutely essential in allowing the full anodised finish to stick firmly to the deck’s surface. Next, the deck undergoes the anodisation process, where an electric current is passed through the acid bath containing the aluminium components, and these particular aluminium components act as an anode. This is where the name anodisation comes from! Oxygen ions from the acid combines with the aluminium atoms on the surface, and this chemical reaction forms a layer of aluminium oxide on the deck.
The aluminium oxide on its own has no colour, so to achieve the neochrome look that you see on the actual finish, the components are submerged into a bath of coloured dye. The final step is to have the scooter components to undergo a sealing process whereby the microscopic pores are closed within the anodised layer to totally capture and lock in the neochrome colour to keep it lasting a long time, despite being scratched or grazed when riding.