finishing.com -- The Home Page of the Finishing Industry

HomeFAQsSuggested
Books
Help
Wanteds
Advertise
on this site
FORUM
current topics
Live! From beautiful Pine Beach New Jersey: Welcome to the world's most popular metal finishing website

topic 0276

How to Electropolish Stainless Steel

Need an Electropolishing Service? 
Please Contact:pointer 

 

A discussion started in but continuing through 2019

1996

Q. Dear sir,

I wish to buy a book that covers the practice of stainless steel electropolishing. Have you that book?

Sincerely yours,

Miguel Flesia
- Argentina


A. Hi Miquel. I'm not familiar with any current book that covers just electropolishing. The Metal Finishing Guidebook has some coverage of it, as does Volume 5: Surface Engineering of ASM's Metals Handbook, but the most complete coverage I've seen is in the Electroplating Engineering Handbook by Durney.

Maybe our readers have other suggestions.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
finishing.com
Pine Beach, New Jersey
Striving to live "Aloha"


1999

A. I have never seen a whole book written on just electropolishing. There are many good articles in the trade magazines however. I would be glad to try and answer any questions you have as I have 25 years experience in this field.

The Electrolytic and Chemical Polishing of Metals
by Tegart

Mark Goldreich
metal finishing shop - Middletown, Connecticut


November 15, 2008

A. Hi. Maybe you can get a used copy of Tegart's "The Electrolytic and Chemical Polishing of Metals in Research and Industry". Good luck.

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
finishing.com
Pine Beach, New Jersey
Striving to live "Aloha"



To minimize your searching efforts and to offer multiple viewpoints, we've combined some threads into the dialog you're viewing. Please forgive any resultant repetition or failures of chronological order.



1996

Q. I'd like to learn how to electropolish stainless steel. Could some one help me with the process?

Flavio Stramare Ribeiro
- Curitiba, Brazil


1998

A. You should look at Metal Finishing Process Corp. This company has a nice website with some general information about electropolishing.

Also at the website of metal-finishing.com is some information available, but I personally prefer that we all stay at one website with these discussions.

Harry van der Zanden
Harry van der Zanden
- Budapest, Hungary

----
Ed. note 2014: Metal-finishing.com (with a hyphen) was a Vertical Net site, but is now old history, and a domain-for-sale. The Metalfinishing.com (no hyphen) URL is owned by Elsevier, but they closed Metal Finishing in December 2013 and the site is not maintained.
Update 2019: Both of those domain names appear to be for sale.



1998

A. A long long time ago, the METAL FINISHING published a series of articles on electropolishing, it was very good. I think it was written by Dr. Faust.
-Sara

sara michaeli
sara michaeli signature 
Sara Michaeli
chemical process supplier
Tel-Aviv, Israel



A. Hi, Flavio. In addition to those sources, there is a very good chapter on electropolishing of stainless steel in the Electroplating Engineering Handbook.

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
finishing.com
Pine Beach, New Jersey
Striving to live "Aloha"



Only one side is getting properly electropolished

July 15, 2014

Q. Dear Sir,
Sir we are the manufacturer of Electropolishing chemical & additives in India. Sir we are facing the problem that one side is properly polished and other side is not polishing. Sir please give me some suggestions so to solve the problem. The stainless steel is grade 304 & 316.

276-1a 276-1b 276-1c

Please help me out.
Thanks & Regards

Yogesh Jaggi

Yogesh Jaggi
- Mumbai, Maharastra, India


July 29, 2014

A. Hello Yogesh!

From your photos I'd GUESS that the issue is lack of current density in the unpolished areas, so that all the action is taking place where the cathode is closest to the workpiece (anode). Can you adjust your fixturing? I'd also paint or wax or otherwise make non-conductive that attachment that is sticking out of the piece, around which you have a circle of non-polished area.

If you've already tried this, I cannot think of what else to do. Good luck!

lee gearhart
Lee Gearhart
metallurgist



Reapplying Electropolish process to stainless steel heating coils

February 19, 2019

Q. Q. Has anyone ever had any success at reapplying an electropolish finish to a SS 316 surface? We have coils that have fouled in our MnP process to the point where they require daily maintenance. We have new ones on the way but we were wondering if it could be possible to reapply to the old coils.

Samuel Hunt
- North Vernon, Indiana, US


February 2019

A. Hi Samuel. If the heating coils are gouged from mechanical removal of the MnP it may be necessary to mechanically polish them first, but I don't see why they can't be electropolished again.

Regards,

pic of Ted Mooney
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
finishing.com
Pine Beach, New Jersey
Striving to live "Aloha"



If you have a question in mind which seems off topic, please Search the Site

ADD a Q, A, or Comment on THIS topic START an UNRELATED topicView CURRENT HOT TOPICS

Disclaimer: It's not possible to diagnose a finishing problem or the hazards of an operation via these pages. All information presented is for general reference and does not represent a professional opinion nor the policy of an author's employer. The internet is largely anonymous & unvetted; some names may be fictitious and some recommendations may be deliberately harmful.

  If you need a product/service, please check these Directories:

JobshopsCapital Equip. & Install'nChemicals & Consumables Consult'g, Train'g, SoftwareEnvironmental ComplianceTesting Svcs. & Devices


©1995-2019 finishing.com, Inc., Pine Beach, NJ   -   About finishing.com   -  Privacy Policy
How Google uses data when you visit this site.