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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 and share their tips.

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We also have 60,000 older but active topics, and even stuff from our electronic BBS going back to pre-internet days.

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3. Read FAQs about metal finishing

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

4. What is "Finishing" or "Metal Finishing"?

Finishing is vital to a sustainable future!

Countless billions of $$ of our modern world simply rusts away each year -- necessitating endless re-mining of ores, smelting processes, rolling/casting, fabrication of replacements, assembly, waste of packaging materials, selling, and ultimately landfilling, with transportation cost & energy between each step. Why? Because things are lasting 2 or 3 years when they should last 2 or 3 decades!

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

And it's not just the money: it's the environmental consequences, the loss of functionality, the injuries, the ugliness, the heirlooms lost, the land wasted on landfills, the accidents in transport.

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

Finishing is not only corrosion protection, it's low friction for energy efficiency; low electrical resistance to enable complex electronics; resistance to microbial contamination which spreads disease; high wear resistance so things last longer and need fewer repairs; cleanable surfaces for hygiene; artful appearance ... and more.

And on a lighter note ... When Chrome Was King:

1958 Buick - The most chrome plating of any car ever :-)
courtesy of CharlesPhoenix.com

5. Consult our On-Line Library Articles

Also ...
• Review our list of Recommended Books about Metal Finishing.
• Subscribe to Journals serving the finishing industry.
• Plan to visit one of the world-class Metal Finishing Libraries
• Contact the Organizations serving the industry
• Read some News & Opinion
• Listen to Podcasts:
- The Lost Art of Tin-Nickel Plating -- a retrospective, courtesy of Lou Morin (dec.)
- More podcasts and audio files.

6. View the Help Wanteds for the Finishing Industry


1). Mfg Engineer - Chem Engineer [Santa Rosa CA]
2). Plating Shop Manager [Salisbury, MD]
3). Junior Quality Engineer [Santa Clara, CA]
4). Plating Process Engineer [Wenatchee, WA]

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