Liquid Coating

Preventative Maintenance for Paint Line Conveyors

Dave Hesse, field installation superintendent, Global Finishing Solutions, offers suggestions for inspecting and maintaining your industrial conveyor system.

Powder Coating

TGIC Powder Coatings vs. Non-TGIC Powder Coatings

As raw materials become increasingly scarce, powder coating consultant Rodger Talbert offers insights into using non-TGIC products.

Powder Coating

Blistering Defects and How to Avoid Them

Verney Denerville of TIGER Drylac discusses recommendations for avoiding or mitigating blistering defects in powder coatings.

Conveying Long Parts Horizontally

Industrial finishing line consultant Dan Davitz offers advice for designing racking for navigating long parts along a monorail conveyor.


Avoiding Roughness and Pitting in Decorative Bright Nickel

Doug Lay of Coventya Inc. offers a troubleshooting guide for avoiding roughness and pitting in decorative bright nickel processing.

Liquid Coating

Adjusting Viscosity in Liquid Coatings

Mike Bonner of Saint Clair Systems discusses the problems that can arise from adding solvents to liquid coatings to adjust viscosity. 


Control of Trivalent Passivates

Stephen Roberts of Columbia Chemical discusses ways to better control passivate solutions to improve quality.

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Custom Masking

Is a custom masking design worth the investment? John Gill of Caplugs outlines the considerations to keep in mind when choosing between an off-the-shelf masking solution or a custom-made one.

Liquid Coating

Paint Booth Exhaust Filter Disposal

Steve Love, parts and filters sales manager, Global Finishing Solutions, discusses proper paint booth filter disposal.


Avoiding Tank Failure

Gary Kriesch leads the business unit at Tri-Mer Corp. that specializes in turnkey anodizing, electrocoating and other metal finishing systems. In this helpful article, he offers insights into the design, selection and maintenance of tanks that are the heart of those systems.


Moving Your Shop to the Next Level

New technology can be both enticing and threatening. Steve Schneider of John Schneider & Associates, Inc. offers insights for evaluating potential investments.

Liquid Coating

Can a Flawless Liquid Coating Finish be Achieved?

What are the best practices to achieve a flawless liquid coating finish? J.B. Haydell from Accudraft shares the details on avoiding dust, debris and other contaminants while spraying.

Powder Coating

What Impacts Transfer Efficiency?

Powder coating consultant Rodger Talbert discusses measuring transfer efficiency (TE) and determining ways to improve.


What Causes Increasing DC Rectifier Voltage for Ecoating?

Frederick Hess of UFS shares troubleshooting advice for electrocoating and why ecoat DC rectifier voltage requirements may keep increasing.

Liquid Coating

Considerations for Selecting an Aircraft Paint Booth

Global Finishing Solutions offers insights into selecting a paint booth designed for aircraft.

Powder Coating

Minimizing Defects in Polyester Wrinkle Powder Coatings

Axalta Coating Systems architectural segment leader Michael Withers discusses mitigating defects in polyester wrinkle powder coatings.

Parts Cleaning

Longer, Cleaner Plating Bath Life

Angelo Magrone of Bales Metal Surface Solutions suggests adding an agitation and filtration system to keep plating pretreatment tanks cleaner, longer.


Understanding the Hidden Costs and Benefits of Anodizing

Anodizing has capital costs and benefits beyond the machines — companies evaluating in-house systems should examine them carefully before committing.

Liquid Coating

Mitigating Water Condensation

Mike Bonner of Saint Clair Systems discusses how to avoid paint defects caused by condensation resulting from compressed air used for atomizers.


Managing Gold Plating for Electrical Contacts

With electrical contacts continuing to grow smaller, platers need to know how to manage the three key considerations of gold plating: thickness, purity and underplate chemistry.

Powder Coating

How to Prevent Outgassing of Iron Castings

Verney Denerville of TIGER Drylac outlines the procedure used to mitigate the outgassing of iron castings.

Powder Coating

Troubleshooting Powder Coating Issues with SIRE Methodology

Steve Houston of Vitracoat Inc. describes the SIRE method he employs for troubleshooting powder coating lines that produce faulty parts.

Liquid Coating

How to Reduce Waste for Two-Component Coatings

John Owed of Carlisle Fluid Technology suggests fluid metering equipment to reduce solvent and coating waste for multiple-component coatings.


Plating with Zinc-Nickel: Benefits and Challenges

Chad Murphy of Columbia Chemical speaks about the benefits of various types of zinc-nickel alloy, and provides tips for manufacturers about the zinc-nickel plating process.

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