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Liquid Coating Clinic

Liquid Coating

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Liquid Coatings Clinic: Considerations When Purchasing a Spray Booth

Q. Our company is in the market for a new spray booth and has been looking at several options. We want to make sure it is energy and cost efficient. What should be considered in the design of a spray booth to capture paint overspray?

Ask an Expert Published: December 01, 2016

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

Parts Cleaning Clinic: Cleaning of Inconel

Q. What cleaning methods are recommended for finishing Inconel 718? Can this material be passivated or utilize the Summa process as 300 and 400 series stainless steel, or is there another way to remove the contaminants in regards to machining parts to size?

Ask an Expert Published: November 01, 2016

Parts Cleaning Clinic: Phosphate Coating Problems

Q. We electrocoat sheet metal, iron castings (machined and non-machined) and aluminum castings (machined and non-machined surfaces) and are having problems with poor phosphating on aluminum substrates. We maintain the free acid at 0.7-1.1 points and total acid at 20-24 points, and the total fluoride at 1,500 ppm. Bath temperature is 40°C to 45°C. Any suggestions?

Ask an Expert Published: November 01, 2016

Parts Cleaning Clinic: Pretreatment Equipment Suppliers

Q. I am researching manufacturers of aqueous part washers and phosphate pretreatment systems for powder coating, looking for companies that build conveyor systems, washers and treatment systems; not parts washers. The parts to be cleaned are various sizes of steel, stainless and aluminum fabrications from stampings, cut to length steel tubing, and sheet metal fabrications up to 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. What are my options?

Ask an Expert Published: November 01, 2016

Downdraft Versus Cross-Draft Booths

Q. We are considering a new spray booth, and we’ve read a lot about the different types of airflows. What can you tell me about downdraft booths and cross-draft booths, and what should I consider in adding one to my shop?

Ask an Expert Published: November 01, 2016

Liquid Clinic: Is Air Free?

What's the cost of compressed air and how can a business calculate air consumption?

Ask an Expert Published: October 01, 2016

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

Parts Cleaning Clinic: Zinc Shot Blasting, Zinc Plating Alternatives

David S. Peterson talks zinc shot blasting, zinc plating alternatives, and advantages to reducing the heating of alkaline cleaners.

Ask an Expert Published: October 01, 2016

Liquid Clinic: Flushing a Fluid Line, Cutting Costs

Justin Hooper from Carlisle Fluid Technologies talks cutting costs for flushing a fluid line using a solvent flush.

Ask an Expert Published: October 01, 2016

Liquid Clinic: Justifying Liquid Automation

Q. I am trying to justify liquid automation for my plant, but am not sure how to develop a return on investment. What are some guidelines that would help?

Ask an Expert Published: September 01, 2016

Liquid Clinic: UV Waterborne Flatline Spraying

Q. We have been asked to put a finish on some wood products. What can you tell me about UV flatline spray finishes?

Ask an Expert Published: August 01, 2016

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