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Oven Curing 101
Lately we have noticed that many of the parts have paint blistering after spraying and going through our IR oven. Our oven has been designed with three separate zones, and lately our maintenance department has been adjusting various setting in an effort to fix this problem.

Ask an Expert Published: May 01, 2015
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Powder Coating: Rodger Talbert

Color Change Time in a Powder Booth
We have seen booths that are supposed to be able to color change in 12 to 15 minutes, reclaim to reclaim. Is this true?

Ask an Expert Published: April 01, 2015
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Legal & Policy: Beth Gotthelf

Employment Agreements Protect Proprietary Information
One of our employees has accepted a position with a competitor, and we are worried he is going to disclose some of our processes and pricing. How can we prevent such disclosures?

Ask an Expert Published: April 01, 2015
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Electrocoat: Jose Tirado

Finding and Installing Liners
We have a small paint tank that needs replaced. We want to use a steel tank but we need to find a liner that is compatible with the electrocoat for insulation and safety of the electrical charge.

Ask an Expert Published: March 01, 2015
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Faucet Finish
I’m working on making a pool faucet and was wondering which material would be best for outdoors, mild steel brass plated or stainless steel brass plated?

Ask an Expert Published: April 22, 2015
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Cleaning: David S. Peterson

Conversion from Iron to Zinc Phosphate
I am currently interested in converting my washer from iron phosphate to zinc phosphate but I was concerned with the hazards of welding over the pretreated steel. I was also wondering if you can “double treat” with zinc phosphate, since the product will still have a layer of phosphate on it prior to wash.

Ask an Expert Published: March 01, 2015
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Anodizing: Larry Chesterfield

Titration Methods for Sulfuric Acid Anodizing Baths
Do you have a recommended analytical method to determine the sulfur and aluminum concentrations in sulfuric anodizing solutions?

Ask an Expert Published: February 01, 2015
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Mechanical Finishing: Pat Wenino

Pre-electropolish Surface Refinement with Coated Abrasives
Can you give us finishing guidance and a reference of what abrasive belt and disc grits will achieve a given Ra finish?

Ask an Expert Published: April 01, 2015
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