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Painting 101
I need a finish that is both easily applied and durable. Do you know of anything?

Ask an Expert Published: July 01, 2015
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Powder Coating Clinic: How to Stop Rust
Q. We make automated pay stations for parking lots, the machines that allow the customer to pay at the exit with a credit card or cash. We have had some problems with rust breaking out of the seams at the base and around the door panels that provide access to the interior of the machine. The machine works fine but customers are not happy with visible rust. We have tried to apply more coating but it will not penetrate the tight creases in these areas. We also have rust on the edges of the door frame and the door. What can we do to avoid this problem?

Ask an Expert Published: January 01, 2017
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What’s New in the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016
The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016 passed with overwhelming support and the Act is now effective, impacting how a company can protect its assets. Below is a recap of what is new and what every company should be looking to do in light of this new law.

Ask an Expert Published: October 01, 2016
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Ecoat Clinic: High Throwpower Impacts Ecoat Performance
Q. Why is high throwpower so important to the overall applied cost for an electrocoat system? What specific elements of the system are affected by it? How can I measure the throwpower effect?

Ask an Expert Published: December 01, 2016
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Plating Q&A: Barrel Plating and Nesting
How do you reduce nesting?

Ask an Expert Published: November 01, 2015
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Parts Cleaning Clinic: Brass Cleaning
Q. How do I clean brass to be powder coated? Expert David Peterson explains that, assuming you have some mill oil or metalworking lubricant on the surface of the brass, the minimum pretreatment needed is a degreasing of some type.

Ask an Expert Published: November 01, 2016
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Anodizing Clinic: Water Quality in the Anodizing Process
Q. I would like to know more about the physical and chemical parameters that are used to evaluate the quality of water used in the anodizing process. What are the standard limits of water quality for each step in the process? Also, why do we need to check for silica on the process water?

Ask an Expert Published: January 01, 2017
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Mechanical Finishing Clinic: Vibratory Finishing Process That Produces a Visual Blasted Finish
Q. We are vibratory finishing an aluminum part and then blasting it to achieve a uniform pre-anodized finish. Can you recommend a process that can give a visual blasted finish in our vibratory machine to eliminate the blasting process?

Ask an Expert Published: January 01, 2017
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