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1. Forums

Whether painting, plating, powder coating, PVD, anodizing, bluing, galvanizing, or any finish, this forum connects the luminaries of the finishing world for camaraderie, while offering students & hobbyists a chance to get their questions answered or share their tips.

The forum is free of spam, and offers a friendly, educational, & FUN atmosphere. Jump right in (no registration required).

Public Q&A Forum

Want a quote on a finishing service or something for your shop? Post here:
I Need a Finishing Service   I Need Something for a Finishing Shop

We also have 60,000 older but active topics, and stuff from our electronic BBS going back to 1989.

2. FAQs

From school science projects to restoring worn silverplate, some questions are perennial . . .


Electroplating: How It Works  -   Anodizing of Aluminum  -   Chrome Plating  -   Rhodium Plating & White Gold Jewelry  

Silver Plating at Home  -  Student Science Project:  What Cleans Pennies Best  -  other FAQs

3.  Directories of Products & Services


These advertisers offer the jobshop finishing services that the readers require; and the products and services that finishing shops are looking for.

Jobshops   Capital Equip. & Install'nChemicals & ConsumablesConsult'g, Train'g, SoftwareEnvironmental Compliance


Countless billions of $$ of our modern world rusts away each year.

Corrosion can be stopped by anodizing, electroplating, galvanizing, and powder coating

It's not just the money: it's the environmental consequences, loss of functionality, injuries, ugliness, and heirlooms lost.

Finishing is key to a sustainable future

Low friction for energy efficiency; low resistance to reduce waste of power & enable complex electronics. Resistance to microbial contamination which spreads disease; high wear resistance; cleanability and aesthetic appearance ...

Finishing is about creating a surface/skin with the properties you need

4.  Reference

nickel how-to book

"The Sulfamate Nickel How-To Guide"

by David Crotty, PhD
& Robert Probert

Hot Off the Press -- published Oct. 2018
$89 plus shipping

* Strongly Recommended Books *.

On-line library articles

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Some of our Used Metal Finishing Books are available through Amazon.

Journals serving the finishing industry.
A list of world-class Metal Finishing Libraries

5. Podcasts


The Lost Art of Tin-Nickel Plating
-- a retrospective, courtesy of Lou Morin (dec.)

More podcasts and audio files.

6.  Organizations serving the industry

7.  News

8. Help Wanteds for the Finishing Industry

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