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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

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Aluminum How-To,
Robert Probert

Light Metals Finishing Process Manual,
David Montgomery

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Surface Finishing and Treatment of Aluminum and its Alloys,
Wernick, Pinner & Sheasby

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

2. The "Must Have" List for Electroplating
No plating shop or plating library should open its doors without these five books on hand :-)

asm handbook
ASM Metals Handbook vol. 5 Surface Cleaning, Finishing, and Coating

gsb aesf manual
Basic Practical Electroplating,
GS Branch of AESF

Electroplating, Frederick A. Lowenheim

Electroplating Engineering Handbook,
Lawrence Durney

Metal Finishing Guidebook & Directory,

3. More "Classics" on general electroplating .

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ASM Metals Handbook vol. 5 Surface Engineering

The Canning Handbook:
Surface Finishing Technology

electrochemical metallizing
Electrochemical Metallizing Principles and Practice,
Marvin Rubinstein

Electrodeposition of Alloys,
Abner Brenner

Electrodeposition, the Materials Science of Coatings and Substrates,
Jack W. Dini

Installation and Maintenance in Electroplating Shops,
Eric A. Ollard

Practical Electroplating Handbook,
N.V. Parthasaradhy

Properties of Electrodeposited Metals and Alloys

Trouble in Your Tank?,
Lawrence Durney

Water and Waste Control for the Plating Shop,
Kushner & Kushner

4. Chrome Plating:

Chromium Plating,
Weiner & Walmsley

Hard Chromium Plating,
Robert K. Guffie

5. Electroless Plating:

Electroless Plating - Fundamentals & Applications, Mallory & Hajdu

Chemical (Electroless) Nickel Plating,
G.G. Gawrilov

Electroless Nickel Plating
Wolfgang Riedel

6. Gold Plating

Gold Plating Technology,
Reid & Goldie

7. Nickel Plating

The Sulfamate Nickel How-To Guide,
Crotty, PhD & Probert

8. Plating on Plastic

Standards and Guidelines for Electroplated Plastics,

9. Zinc Plating

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Zinc Plating,
Herb Geduld

10. Painting and Powder Coating

corrosion coatings
Coatings for Corrosion Prevention, American Society for Metals

Formulary of Paints and Other Coatings Vol. I,
Michael and Irene Ash

paint chemistry
Introduction to Paint Chemistry and Principles of Paint Technology,
G.P.A. Turner

Industrial Painting: Principles and Practices,
Norman R. Roobol

A Guide to High Performance Powder Coating.
Bob Utech

11. 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

Recovery & Refining of Precious Metals, C.W. Ammen

hydrogen problems
Current Solutions to Hydrogen Problems in Steels,
Interrante & Pressouyre

metallic coatings
Metallic Coatings for Corrosion Control,
V.E. Carter

ss corrosion
Corrosion of Stainless Steels,
A. John Sedriks

machineries handbook
Machinery's Handbook,
Erik Oberg, Franklin D. Jones and Holbrook L. Horton

gold refining
Gold Refining,
George Gajda

spot testing
(more info soon)

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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