Columbia Chemical

1000 Western Dr.
Brunswick, OH 44212 US


A Message from Columbia Chemical

Company Overview

As your global plating partner, Columbia Chemical provides high quality, specialty chemistries to the surface finishing industry.

Solving Adhesion Issues with PICKLE PAL

Are you having adhesion issues plating high-carbon, heat-treated steel?


Outstanding Black Passivate with Superior Corrosion Protection for Zinc Plating.


White Trivalent Chromium Plating Process.

As Seen In Products Finishing

Graham Torr Joins Columbia Chemical
Columbia Chemical hires Graham Torr as managing director of the company’s global business portfolio including Europe, Mexico, South Africa and South America.

Additional Process Considerations. Information from the United States Council for Automotive Research.

Summary Report on USCAR Field Test for Trivalent Chromium
Mark Schario from Columbia Chemical explains USCAR’s multiyear project to determine how various trivalent chromium systems would perform in the real world.

Columbia Chemical Expands Pretreatment Chemistry Line with Purchase of Khemex Technical Sales
The company says the move will also allow it to provide additional service to an expanding customer base.

Lustrous Metal Coatings Opens New Decorative Line
Lustrous offers full-service metal finishing of chloride zinc offered in automatic, manual and barrel processing.

Mike Paxos

A Lustrous Example of Expanding a Plating Operation
Ohio’s Lustrous Metal Coatings Pins Growth on Acquiring Other Manufacturing Operations

Fixing Salt Spray Failures After Passivating, Baking
This is a common challenge faced by many acid zinc platers who Mark Adams from Columbia Chemical says perform hydrogen embrittlement relief on acid zinc plated fasteners.

Fixing Excessive Brightener Consumption From Dull Work In Alkaline Non-Cyanide Zinc
Although great strides have been made over the last 30 years in the development of alkaline non-cyanide zinc processes, Asterion’s Graham Torr says not all “modern” systems are created equal.

Colloy A-Z-N 300 is said to be ideal for use on castings or heat-treated steel components.

Colloy A-Z-N 300 Addresses Common Plating Problem
Columbia Chemical replaces ammonium chloride/high salt content in older zinc-nickel systems.

Webinar Looks at Trivalent Chromium Process Capability Study for OEMs
Mark Schario, executive vice president for Columbia Chemical, will present information on evaluating test matrix variables and performance results of exterior corrosion testing between trivalent and hexavalent.

Preventing Dark Streaks in Trivalent Chromium
Matt Schario from Columbia Chemical explains what is the likely cause of these streaks and patterns, and how to prevent this from happening.  

chrome-plated parts

Columbia Chemical TriCol Process Enables Fast Plating
Columbia Chemical’ s TriCol Décor process for trivalent chromium plating is chloride based for faster plating, according to the company

ColDip Midnight 1500 Black Zinc Passivate Offers Enhanced Color and Cost Control
Three-part system allows for maximum color control and provides a consistent black appearance

Fixing The Cause Of Yellowing In Blue Trivalent Passivate
When parts look great upon initial make-up, but begin to yellow in appearance after 2-4 weeks, Chad Murphy from Columbia Chemical says it can be a number of factors.

How Trivalent Chrome Compares to Hexavalent
Columbia Chemical’s Mark Schario explains how the performance of trivalent chromium compares to hexavalent chromium, and what is needed to make the change to tri-chrome plating.

Converting to Trivalent Chrome from Hexavalent
Although this requires an initial time and cost investment, Columbia Chemical’s Mark Schario says the benefits of trivalent over hexavalent quickly and increasingly overcome the drawbacks.

Mark Schario

Webinar Discusses Switch from Hexavalent to Trivalent
Columbia Chemical and Products Finishing will host a free webinar on October 18 that will address regulations, process differences, conversion details, cost factors and benefits.

plated high-carbon steel bolts

Fixing Adhesion Issues on High-Carbon Steel
Columbia Chemical’s Matt Schario says focus on the acid pickling stage of the plating process to solve adhesion issues on high-carbon steel.

handheld profilometer measures surface roughness on Hull cell panels

Leveling the Field in Nickel Plating
Profilometry helps determine the leveling characteristics of Watts nickel baths.

Better Alloy Control of Alkaline Zinc Nickel Baths
The factors that influence nickel content in deposits from alkaline non-cyanide zinc nickel baths.

This year, Products Finishing looks back at the industry’s top new products and services for industrial surface finishing.

Top Surface Finishing Innovations of 2016
We look back at the industry’s top new products and services for the past year.

Columbia Chemical Names Schario And Boehmer To New Positions
Schario promoted to Vice President, Global Business Development, and Boehmer promoyed to Director, Domestic Business Development

Product Categories of Columbia Chemical

Chromate Conversion Coatings
Cleaning & Pretreatment Chemicals
Cleaning Chemicals, Aqueous
Dyes for Chromate and/or Phosphate Coatings
Inhibitors, Acid Pickling
Phosphate Coating Chemicals
Pickling Solutions
Plating Processes, Cadmium
Plating Processes, Chromium, Trivalent
Plating Processes, Nickel
Plating Processes, Nickel, Electroless
Plating Processes, Tin
Plating Processes, Tin-Zinc
Plating Processes, Zinc
Plating Processes, Zinc-Cobalt
Plating Processes, Zinc-Iron
Plating Processes, Zinc-Nickel
Pollution Control Chemicals, Heavy-Metal Removal
Rinse Aids
Rust-Preventive Chemicals & Oils