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STRIPPING COPPER PLATING





2000

Q. WE MANUFACTURE VERY PRECISE AIRCRAFT ENGINE (JET) SEALS FROM 17-4PH STAINLESS STEEL. THEY ARE COPPER PLATED 0.4 MILS MIN.IN SELECTED AREAS TO PREVENT NITRIDING. AFTER NITRIDING THE COPPER IS STRIPPED IN A NON-ELECTRIC (IMMERSION) SODIUM CYANIDE SOLUTION.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NON-TOXIC, NON-ETCH REPLACEMENT.

DOES ANYONE HAVE A SUGGESTIONS?

THANKS,
LLOYD

Lloyd steirer
GENERAL MACHINERY & MFG. CO. - chicago, Illinois, USA



2000

A. Lloyd - A great way to strip off the copper plating from SS is to use a peroxide-based stripper. No electricity is required and the process can take as little as 2-5 minutes. Check out our website for information on our line of Laser products. Good Luck.

Dan Brewer
chemical process supplier - Gurnee, Illinois



2000

A. I do not think you can find a really non-toxic alternative, but using cyanide-base solution is not required. You can use oxidizing acid like a standard passivating solution (any one recommended for the PH stainless steels), or simply a 50% nitric acid (room temperature), chromic acid, etc. Make sure the parts are well degreased prior to treatment with oxidizing acids.

Regards, Max

Max Stein
captive metal finisher - Montreal, Québec, Canada



2000

To: Lloyd Steirer:

adv.
We manufacture a copper stripper that is very effective in stripping copper from steel and stainless steel. It was developed in response to a request from Boeing Aircraft and has been approved for use by Boeing (spec #BAC5771. It DOES NOT etch stainless steel, has a pH of 10.2 - 10.8 containing no acids nor cyanides. It is a one-component powder that is mixed with tap water and used at room temperature. This is a low-voltage electrical stripper with an extremely long life. Phone, fax or e-mail me and I will forward literature and lab sample for your in-house testing. Regards, Gayle

Gayle Coffey
Metalx Specialty Products / Ronatec
supporting advertiser
Fallbrook, California

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Removing Copper Plating from Stainless Steel

2007

Q. We have been painting stainless steel hinges for some time. One of our customers asked us to also pretreat their hinges by passivating. We took them up on it and have been doing so for a couple weeks using copper sulfate for a drop test to confirm the stainless steel is passive.

We have had a couple failures which results in the copper sulphate plating out copper on the part. We have been able to remove most of the copper by wiping, but this is not 100%. We would like to strip the copper without damaging the stainless steel; we process 302 and 304 stainless steel.

Is there a way to do this?

Erik Kafarski
Plating Shop Employee - Madison Heights, Michigan



simultaneous 2007

A. Very few things are more easy, than remove copper from stainless steel, diluted nitric acid will easily do the trick, and steel will only be "more" passivated.

Bo König
- Odense, Denmark



2007

A. Nitric acid solutions work well.

Ken Vlach [deceased]
- Goleta, California

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2007

A. Persulfate will do the trick.

ray kremer
Ray Kremer
Stellar Solutions, Inc.
supporting advertiser
McHenry, Illinois
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2007

A. All the above answers are satisfactory because you are talking about hinges. But for critical and delicate surfaces, if the acid copper stains, it means that some material from the surface was lost and the surface is immediately damaged from the moment it is stained.

Guillermo Marrufo
Monterrey, NL, Mexico


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