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Mixing Sodium Di-Chromate in Passivation
September 16, 2008
For types 1, 2 and 3 passivation, what should the concentration of sodium di-chromate should be in the bath? Is it the same concentration for all three types or different?
How many pounds per 100 gallons for the concentration?
shop employee - Kalispell, Montana, USA
September 22, 2008
Hi, Mike. It's probably about one-half percent to one or two percent, with the higher concentration being for the deeply colored chromates and the lower concentration being for the clearer chromates. There are also usually accelerators present and fluorides sometimes as well. You can find something about the formulation of chromate conversion coatings by going back to the mid-fifties when the basic R&D work was published, but these products have been primarily proprietary for decades now. Is there a reason you are trying to use home-brew?
Ted Mooney, P.E.
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finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
November 24, 2008
Which specification are you referring to? ASTM? Is this for stainless steel passivation or Al chromate conversion?Terry Lycans
- Dayton, Ohio, USA