Franke Plating Lab Chemists Benefit from On-Site Training

Franke Plating Lab Chemists Benefit from On-Site Training

November 20, 2019

One of the many benefits provided to our customers under the Columbia Chemical Finisher’s Advantage™ program is access to high quality, hands-on training and education in our full-service lab. Members of the Franke Plating Works …

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Ask The Expert: Fixing Salt Spray Failures After Passivating, Baking

November 1, 2019

This is a common challenge faced by many acid zinc platers who perform hydrogen embrittlement relief on zinc plated fasteners. Products Finishing Expert Clinic/Plating Mark Adams, Technical Account Manager ~ Columbia Chemical Q. We run …

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Colloy A-Z-N 300 Addresses Common Plating Problem

September 1, 2019

Columbia Chemical replaces ammonium chloride/high salt content in older zinc-nickel systems. Colloy A-Z-N 300 is said to be ideal for use on castings or heat-treated steel components. ANGELA OSBORNE Managing Editor , Products Finishing Columbia Chemical added …

Product Showcase: New Zinc-Nickel Clear Passivate

July 2, 2019

Columbia Chemical recently released COLDIP NI-Z CLEAR 250, a new clear trivalent passivate for zinc-nickel plating. The passivate operates under mild conditions which allows minimal alloy loss during passivation and helps maintain nickel in the deposit. …

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  Technical Presentation Generates Interest & Questions Decorative platers attending SUR/FIN showed great interest in Mark Schario’s technical presentation on Decorative Trivalent Chromium Deposits Applied by Barrel Electroplating. There is high demand for effective decorative barrel plating technology …


Midwest Plating Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been around since 1946 and, like many businesses in the world of surface finishing, it is proudly family owned and operated. The Wortman family purchased the business …

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Ask The Expert: Preventing Dark Streaks in Trivalent Chromium

July 1, 2019

Matt Schario from Columbia Chemical explains what is the likely cause of these streaks and patterns, and how to prevent this from happening. Products Finishing Expert Clinic/Plating Matt Schario, Director of Technical Service ~ Columbia …

Columbia Chemical participates in National Surface Finishing Day

March 6, 2019

In celebration of this year’s National Surface Finishing Day on March 6, a group of Columbia Chemical employees were recently given the opportunity to visit Lustrous Metal Coating, Inc. in Canton to see firsthand how …

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ColDip Midnight 1500 Black Zinc Passivate Offers Enhanced Color and Cost Control

March 1, 2019

Three-part system allows for maximum color control and provides a consistent black appearance. TIM PENNINGTON | Contributor , Products Finishing Simplicity is the goal for Columbia Chemical in its release of ColDip Midnight 1500, its newest black …

Research Chemist Explains X-Ray Fluorescence

January 25, 2019

Expert Corner: ESTIMATION OF TRIVALENT PASSIVATE THICKNESS USING X-RAY FLUORESCENCE by Research Chemist Christian Kissig            Columbia Chemical is widely recognized as one of the industry leaders in the development of effective trivalent …