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Plating and Metal Finishing Books: What You Need & Where to Find Them

0. Mechanical Preparation

shot peening
Shot Peening, published by MFN

1. Great books for Anodizing & Aluminum Treatments

More anodizing books:

Artists Anodizing Aluminum : The Sulfuric Acid Process,
David Laplantz

Adhesive Bonding of Aluminum Alloys,
Edward W. Thrall, Raymond W. Shannon

Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys,
J.R. Davis

Aluminum: Technology, Applications, and Environment
Dietrich G. Altenpohl

The Technology of Anodizing Aluminum
Arthur William Brace, P.G. Sheasby

probert thumb
Aluminum How-To,
Robert Probert

2. The "Must Have" List for Electroplating .

No plating shop or plating library should open its doors without these five books on hand :-)
gsb aesf manual
Basic Practical Electroplating,
GS Branch of AESF
lowenheim Electroplating, Frederick A. Lowenheim

3. More "Classics" on general electroplating .

Trouble in Your Tank?,
Lawrence Durney

4. Chrome Plating:

5. Electroless Plating:

Chromium Plating,
Weiner & Walmsley

Hard Chromium Plating,
Robert K. Guffie

6. Gold Plating

7. Plating on Plastic

8. Zinc Plating

Gold Plating Technology,
Reid & Goldie


Zinc Plating,
Herb Geduld

9. Painting and Powder Coating

corrosion coatings
Coatings for Corrosion Prevention, American Society for Metals

10. Miscellaneous

haz waste
Hazardous Waste Land Treatment,
Kirk W. Brown, Gordon B. Evans, Jr. and Beth D. Frentrup
chem formulary
The Chemical Formulary Volume XXIII,
H. Bennett, editor-in-chief

Industrial Ventilation: A Manual of Recommended Practice,
Amer Conf of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
machineries handbook
Machinery's Handbook,
Erik Oberg, Franklin D. Jones and Holbrook L. Horton
gold refining
Gold Refining,
George Gajda
spot testing
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Many of the best metal finishing books are out of print and hard to find. Some are expensive but poorly described by the book sellers. will provide cover photos and book reviews of these works, and multiple source them so if one dealer is out, you'll have alternatives.

While this page is in progress, we will continue to refer you to some older pages at for other books that have not yet been cataloged to this depth:

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