Correction: Non-Electrolytically Applied Zinc Coat

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Posted on: 3/19/2013

My response in the February issue regarding General Motors specification GMW 3359 for non-electrolytically applied zinc-rich coatings was incorrect. Here is the correct answer.

My response in the February issue regarding General Motors specification GMW 3359 for non-electrolytically applied zinc-rich coatings was incorrect. Here is the correct answer:

Using a non-electrolytic process greatly reduces problems associated with hydrogen embrittlement of steel components. This specification discusses the application of zinc-rich solvent or water-based coatings, typically using spray or dip-spin processes. The standard is available for a fee from engineers.ihs.com.

The dip-spin process is good for small parts and is conceptually simple. Parts are loaded into a suitable carrier, dipped into a solution and then spun at high speed to ensure that all of the components in the container are coated. The typical process sequence is: cleaning and pretreatment, coating application and oven curing, then a second coating and oven curing, if needed. 

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