This is a little off-topic, but what the hey.
I’m considering using 6160T-6 aluminum for machined components for a rugged mobile application housing. My concern is long-term wear. I understand heat-treating is an option. I am not too familiar with non-ferrous heat-treating.
What wear properties can I expect to achieve through heat-treating?
What about preferred finish for prolonged outdoor exposure (maybe 3 months at a time for data collection)? Epoxy paint, irriditing, plating?