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This is my first time on this board. I recently started work in coatings, formerly owned a construction company. I understand the physics of construction, however I have not been exposed to the physics involved in the coating process. I have been trying to explore this and educate myself. I never studied physics, and I'm learning this "on the fly" as I am working. I want to know more about what I am doing in the processes, and how to trouble shoot potential problems. I'm aware that I likely need years of education, however I am asking for some direction of study that will help, and I intend on self educating through experience and my mentors. My question is simply - where do I start? My boss - very intelligent man with 27 years experience - usually only has time to explain the basics to me, - I want to know WHY things do what they do. Any help on how to educate myself would be appreciated. Tim

Tim Scovern
- Elsmere, Kentucky, USA

Try the suggested book list on this website, if you can't find it go to threads 1488 and 17392 (if my list is correct). Also, a VERY large amount can be learned from reading the archived letters here on

Good luck, Jim Gorsich Accurate Anodizing

Jim Gorsich
Compton, California, USA


I have been in metal finishing for 11 years and learn new things everyday. Learned from my father whom has 40 years exp.He did same thing to me by showing me the basics.But by the same reason he wanted my to try to trouble shoot before he would actually show me the right way or telling me I did good enough to work.
He never has told me I have been right. But everyday I learn new things or figure different ways to do something.I think thats why I love it so much its a challenge. My dad says thats the reason he's done it so long.There is lots of good books and seminars for finishing.But the best way is by learning on the job. I have no Degree, either does my father. Not to make anyone mad, but my father says a chemist can't plate anything but can sure do great hull cells.
Have fun and good luck!

Mike Kane
- Yukon,OK,USA

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