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Chlorine bath of G60 coated parts




Q. We manufacture structural parts with a G60 galvanize finish. Recently, a customer used a chlorine solution to spray mildew from the walls of their unfinished house.

Can anyone tell me the long-term effects of a chlorine bath on a G60 coating?

This is in Florida, so humidity will be high, throughout the life of the product, even though exposure to chlorine was a single bath.

Thank you, bob lutz tampa

Robert W. Lutz
- Florida, USA
2003


A. One nice thing about a public forum is if my guess is poorly founded someone will usually correct me. I doubt that the chloride ion itself is a problem, if the solution was rinsed, because galvanized finishes are widely used for saltwater exposure (anchors, boat trailers, etc.). However, to keep the chlorine in solution, bleaches have a fairly high caustic content--and zinc dissolves in alkali as well as in acid.

I think if the homeowners diluted the bleach substantially, which I would expect based on the economics of spraying a house, and then rinsed it, than it would have no impact. But if they sprayed full-strength bleach (which is quite difficult to rinse) there might be a problem.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
2003


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