Magnesium Treatment Part 2

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Posted on: 2/1/2004

I just wanted to forward some comments regarding the question on Mg that appeared in the October issue.

I just wanted to forward some comments regarding the question on Mg that appeared in the October issue. Your answer hit all of the key points, with e-coat/powder and anodizing being the most favorable. Depending on how critical the application is, a chromate conversion coating prior to e-coat and powder coating may be necessary to prevent excessive creeping under any scratches or defects. The former McDonnell-Douglas helicopter group (now part of Boeing) designed a Mg transmission housing and found that maximum corrosion performance after 1,000 hours of salt spray was produced by the following:

 

  1. Heavy coating of Tagnite (plasma anodizing technique)
  2. Three layers of Rockhard (baked phenolic sealer)
  3. Basecoat of epoxy/polyamide (containing strontium chromate)
  4. Topcoat of polyurethane (chromate free)

 

More information can be obtained by using www.tagnite.com/boeingreport.pdf

Feel free to pass this information along. I always enjoy reading your column, as well as the others that are featured in PF. Keep up the good work. Best regards. T.P.

 

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