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Cleaning Aluminum
e have been using lacquer thinner to clean aluminum parts before painting. Is this a good practice, and if not, what would be a good low cost replacement?
Ask an Expert Published: 3/31/2011
Repainting Office Furniture
We refinish metal office furniture on-site at the customer’s premises. I read in an article about the problem of using solvents for wax removal prior to painting. We agree that solvent wiping is a poor cleaning method for wax removal, and have had a...
Ask an Expert Published: 2/18/2011
Painting Tank Interiors
Some of the tank interior floors receive a paint touch-up after testing and before shipping because people walk on the inside during the inspection. Recently, I got a customer complaint of soft uncured paint on the tank floor when it was opened for ...
Ask an Expert Published: 2/18/2011
Dust in the Paint Film
We are painting a plastic part using a two-coat system. The problem is that we have a lot of scrap due to what looks like dust in the paint film.
Ask an Expert Published: 2/18/2011
Painting Water Storage Tanks
We have to fabricate and paint some fire protection water storage tanks. The specifications call for mill galvanized, not hot dip galvanized steel as the construction material.
Ask an Expert Published: 1/12/2011
Blistering Paint
My company produces cold rolled steel equipment boxes for both interior and exterior use. Indoor boxes are fabricated from cold rolled steel and outdoor boxes are fabricated from hot dip galvanized steel. After we upgraded our finish system from alk...
Ask an Expert Published: 1/11/2011
Smoothing Rough Castings
Do you have a coating that would be easy to apply and quick drying that would improve the appearance of our castings and eliminate the hand grinding?
Ask an Expert Published: 1/11/2011
Adhesive Bonding Aluminum
What is the best pretreatment for the aluminum surface for maximum corrosion resistance and adhesion, recognizing that specific primers are recommended by adhesive suppliers for their systems?
Ask an Expert Published: 1/11/2011
Painting Plastic
One of my good customers brought in a plastic engine cowling from a 30-year-old radio controlled aircraft kit that he had trouble painting. He said he thought the cowling was ABS and has been building this model for the past 6 years! He was unable t...
Ask an Expert Published: 1/11/2011
Painting Anodized Aluminum
Because of the changes in our factory manufacturing sequence and production line, we are storing these parts for at least 13 hours before they are painted. In a management meeting, we discussed whether the storage of these parts before painting, or ...
Ask an Expert Published: 1/10/2011

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