Arthur S. Kushner
Dr. Art Kushner started his career in metal finishing when he was seven years old working with his dad, Dr. Joseph B. Kushner. The family, living in Pennsylvania, converted their garage to a plating laboratory. His early assignments included setting up and operating small plating baths in chemical beakers, and cleaning up the lab.
Q: I am having problems with parts that are magnetic. Can you give me any information concerning magnetized steel and the effect on plating adhesion? W.A.
A: I last addressed this problem more than 15 years ago. Normally, the major concern with magnetic parts is roughness of the plated deposit caused by the magnetic part attracting suspended particles in the plating solution. For this rea-son, many shops routinely demagnetize steel parts before putting them through the plating process. Here is what I wrote: CLICK HERE to read Art's response.