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Glossary for Finishing

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Learn the jargon, terms, and key processes in the finishing industry.

What is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is a dry finishing procedure in which a coating system sprays an electrically charged fine powder: full definition of powder coating

What is E-Coating?

Electrophoretic deposition (e-coating) is a process that suspends particles in a liquid medium. It applies a current, generating an electric field that deposits the particles on a metal substrate: the full definition of e-coating.

What is Laser Oxide Scale?

Laser oxide scale is an outer layer forming on laser-cut metal pieces due to extremely hot temperatures and oxygen. It has a glossy, bluish appearance: the full definition of laser oxide scale.

What is Orange Peel?

Orange Peel is one problem related to metal finishing. Orange peel with powder happens when the powder doesn’t spread evenly because of a thin layer or formulation: the complete definition of Orange Peel.

What is the Faraday Cage Effect?

The buildup of static electricity causes the Faraday Cage Effect during the electrostatic powder coating process, which disrupts the electrostatic spray gun’s ability to evenly coat corners and other tight spaces, leading to thick streaks, thin patches, and inconsistent powder buildup: the complete definition of the Faraday Cage Effect.

What is Sagging?

When powder coating, one of the most common problems is the sagging of the powder weight on the surface caused by improper grounding, which happens when not using the right tools to apply consistent ground: the complete definition of Sagging.

What is Anodizing?

The production of an oxide layer on aluminum alloys. The process is electrolytic, a typical electrolyte being sulphuric acid: the complete definition of Anodizing.

What is Corrosion?

Corrosion is a material degradation process because of the chemical reaction between the material and its environment: the complete definition of Corrosion.

What is Galvanization?

Galvanization applies a protective zinc coating to steel or iron to prevent rust: the full definition of Galvanization.

What is Electroplating?

Electroplating is an electrifying process that employs an electric current to reduce metal cations in the solution, forming a thin, cohesive layer of meta. Here’s the complete definition of Electroplating.

What is Nickel Plating

What is Nickel Plating?

Nickel plating is a process that coats a metal surface with a thin layer of nickel to provide corrosion protection, wear resistance, and decorative finishes. Learn the full definition of Nickel Plating.

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