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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: Solving Problems with Color Variation
Q. We are noticing differences in the color of parts coming out of the oven. It seems to happen more on some days than others. It can happen with any of our brighter colors like orange and red but does not seem to happen with more neutral colors like tan or gray. We use some infrared heaters in the first 20 feet of the oven and the rest is convection heating. We worked on balancing the oven but it is hard to get it level all the way through. What can cause color variation from part to part? How can we balance the oven and stop this problem?

Ask an Expert Published: December 01, 2016
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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: Measuring Color of Coatings with a Colorimeter
Q. Recently, a company asked us to match its samples so we could do work for them. According to our method, we matched the samples, but they were rejected when they were sent to the company. We were told the samples were out of tolerance. We discovered the company used a different brand colorimeter with a different color scale to measure the color. Is there a set standard in the anodizing industry for measuring and matching colors?

Ask an Expert Published: December 01, 2016
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Mechanical Finishing Clinic: Recoverable Blasting Media
Q. We blast with a No. 9 glass bead media in our blast cabinets, but are interested in what our hourly media cost would be and how cost compares to other medias?

Ask an Expert Published: November 01, 2016
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