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topic 8859

Kind of lacquer for masking parts for hard chrome


Q. Dear sirs:

I would appreciate if someone can indicate me what kind of lacquer I can use to mask parts before they are hard chrome plated. Also what kind of pigment I must add to it to give it a colour in order to visually inspect the application before the chrome process.

Thanks in advance.

Oscar Infante
- Santiago, Chile


A. Dear Oscar,

These masking lacquers are usually called "stop-off" lacquers. They are usually nitrocellulose based, and a little thicker than spraying viscosities. You can mill any pigment you want, most common I see are orange and green. If you don't want any color, you can add an ultra-violet pigment, and inspect the coating under a UV light.

Good luck

Jake Koch
G. J. Nikolas & Co., Inc.
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Bellwood, Illinois
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Q. Dear Jake:

Thanks very much for your advise, only one question, by nitro lacquer you mean the kind that are usually applied over wood?

Best regards,

Oscar Infante
- Santiago, Chile


A. Hello Oscar,

Yes, many wood lacquers are made from nitrocellulose, as well as many metal lacquers. This is a cheaper coating to make, you might be able to use a wood lacquer to stop the conductivity on your piece, just need to make sure it adheres well to the metal.

Good luck.

Jake Koch
G. J. Nikolas & Co., Inc.
Bellwood, Illinois

September 28, 2009

Q. Whether this nitrocellulose lacquer will withstand the plating temp 50 to 60 deg C and long duration of plating(almost 8 to 10 hrs)?

Shrikant Nigade
- Mumbai, India

January 22, 2013

RFQ: I need supplier of this lacquer available in South India.
Please contact.
It will very much useful for me.

- Coimbatore , Tamilnadu india

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