Tru Temp® 2nd Gen

Mid-Temperature Black Oxide
Tru Temp 2nd Gen Coupler

The Best Just Got Better.

TRU TEMP® 2ND GEN process expands on our original, patented TRU TEMP® XL black oxide with more features and expanded finishing capabilities.

Birchwood Technologies


You asked us for a darker and cleaner finish. TRU TEMP® 2ND GEN delivers on that and more. The new patent pending TRU TEMP® 2ND GEN mid-temperature black oxide is a re-engineered and improved finish based on the original and widely used Tru Temp XL introduced in 2001.

Operating at the same safe temperature range of 200° – 210°F, TRU TEMP® 2ND GEN achieves a quality, black oxide finish on an expanded range of high-alloy/high-strength steels and iron. The magnetite finish is non-dimensional (1 micron thick) and ideal for machined components, non-machined components, powdered metals, MIM, tooling, gears, sucker rods and more.

Tru Temp 2nd Gen Socket
Tru Temp 2nd Gen Gear
Tru Temp 2nd Gen Coupler
Tru Temp 2nd Gen Bolt

Mild Steel & IRON

Tru Temp 2nd Gen Before and After
Steel before & after blackening

An industry first mid-temperature black oxide with capabilities to finish a wide range of ferrous metals including iron, steel and tool steel, all with one black oxide formulation. The new patent pending TRU TEMP® 2ND GEN mid-temperature black oxide which protects critical surfaces in storage, shipment and startup while resisting galling, aiding with break-in lubricity, and no salt leaching problems.


TRU TEMP® 2ND GEN in-house process makes it easy and fast to supply customers just-in-time requirements. By using an in-house finishing system, a company can achieve cycle time reductions, inventory reductions and overall process improvements. ISO accountability is enhanced and TRU TEMP® 2ND GEN meets compliancy initiatives including Mil-DTL-13924E Class 1 for steel and Class 4 for stainless steel and RoHS.

Plus, the process can be designed around several factors including: mix of alloys, hardness and reactivity, condition of the surface prior to blackening, parts handling employed, and the final finish requirement in terms of appearance, gloss and corrosion resistance.

mid-temperature black oxide

200° – 210°F TEMP

Operates at an optimum 200° – 210°F temperature range making it easy to use in-house and operator friendly. The chemistry is easy to manage and contains no EPA regulated metals, so rinse waters are generally sewerable by neutralizing the pH with a typical discharge range of pH 7-11. Additionally, reaching this range takes only 20% of the acid and is much less dangerous to do yourself than other processes. Since TRU TEMP® 2ND GEN process requires no effluent treatment, the initial capital investment is only about half of other blackening systems.


The most common finishing line configuration completes the blackening in 30-35 minutes in a seven-step process which includes: clean, rinse, activation, rinse, blackening, rinse, and sealing. Alternate process designs can be accommodated for most workflows.
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Tru Temp 2nd Gen
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Tru Temp® 2nd Gen Black Oxide

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