Metal Finishing Guide Book

2012-2013

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Fig. 8. Cr(3) passivations meets or surpasses requirements for DaimlerChrysler. er metal hydroxides. An efficient method to improve total separation of chrome from its complexed form consists of lowering the solution pH with sulfuric acid, followed by lime neutralization and settling. Accurate methods of treatment, however, must be developed for the specific passivating process used to meet local and federal waste disposal requirements. The combination of reduced solution replacement and lower use of treatment chemicals improves the economics of the process. SPECIFICATIONS Several U.S. and European automotive specifications are now available calling for hexavalent chrome-free conversion coatings for zinc and zinc alloy plating. These specifications take into account the need for sealers and topcoats in order to achieve desired performance criteria. Additionally, some specifications require heat-treating components prior to NSS as part of the qualifying testing criteria. Table III lists some of the U.S. automotive specifications published as of this writing. Figs. 6, 7, and 8 illustrate sample performance data of commercially available trivalent chromate passivation in relation to these specifications. The performance shown reflects results obtained from actual production lines and can be exceeded through process modification and optimization. 499

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