Cob-Webbing in the Booth
Question: I am putting in a re-bar powder coating unit in India.
Chromium Plating Maintenance Schedule
Question: Can you supply a maintenance schedule for our hard chromium plating baths?
From Paint to Powder
Question: We recently switched from liquid painting (alkyd-amino) to pure polyester powder coating.
Question: I am looking for a product that will effectively adhere to cement under tough conditions.
Rough Surface Finish after Anodizing
Question: We supply pretreatment chemicals to an anodizing company.
Rolex recently installed a dry deburring process to remove heat-treating scale and any burrs that may remain on parts after machining. The process produces rust-free parts, generates no wastewater and improves productivity...
Cooling Coils in the Anodize Tank
Question: We are sulfuric anodizing in a plastic tank.
Thomas Regout was founded in 1834 on the principle that “achieving perfect results starts with the perfect tools.” To achieve perfect zinc plating, the company chose a split rail plating system...
Polishing Stainless Steel Screws Revisited
To the readers: In my June 2001 column I answered a question regarding options to polish stainless steel screws.
Dot Commentary: Smart Technology Shopping, Part 1 - Hardware
For most people, a recession means saving and cost-cutting.
On My Mind: Leveraging Your Experience
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my limited time in the finishing industry, it is that finishing is more an art than a science.
Blue Zinc Redux!
Question: Our customer requires zinc plating with a clear chromate finish.
With OSHA taking longer than expected to add the Assigned Protection Factors table to its respiratory standard, manufacturers and IHs still debate how to accomplish it...
Zinc-Rich Powder as a Basecoat on Aluminum
Question: We are working with the Air Force on integrating powder coatings in their support equipment painting process lines.
Chemical Machining of Aluminum
Question: We are a UK finishing equipment manufacturer and have an application where our client needs to chemically machine aluminum parts by masking and etching away selected areas with alkaline etchants.
Hard Anodize Chipping/Corroding
Question: We are a small manufacturer of food processing equipment.
Decorative Veneer brought innovation to the industry when it began using decorative vinyl films. Now it’s bringing innovation to the industry again with UV powder coating...
Two-Component Coatings, Part II
Question: These remarks are in reference to your October 2001 clinic question on two-component coatings.
Question: We are plating tin using a stannous tin bath over a plated copper layer.
Info on PM&M?
Question: I just bought a used sandblasting cabinet and need a manual for it.
Passivating Stainless Steel
Question: Recently, we had to resurface a small section on a piece of stainless steel equipment.
Question: We are attempting to powder coat a white texture over a black electrocoat on aluminum and mild steel.
Heat Resistant Paint
Question: I want to paint some side bricks on a fireplace mantle and wall tiles for a hearth in a terra cotta red, not black.
Perspectives: Color Popularity Reports
The world may not agree on many things, but in 2001, Asia, Europe and the Americas agreed that silver was their favorite color choice for automobiles.
Question: I have a set of five chairs and a round table that I would like to stain.
Anodizing of Diecast Aluminum
Question: Our company uses a lot of diecast aluminum parts now for agricultural water application equipment such as big gun sprinklers and valves.
Barrel Silver Plating
Question: We have been asked to plate a small component with silver.