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Metal Finishing Glossary

Posted by AOTCO on June 13, 2018

metal finishing in MassachusettsWhen you need polished metal, it can be very confusing to understand what kind of metal finishing in Massachusetts you require, too. Take a look at these commonly used terms to help you understand the differences and also help you decide what you need.


Abrasive Blasting

A method of smoothing a surface by shooting abrasive material against the metal surface.



An alloy is another metal made of two or more elements.



A process that converts the metal surface to an anodic oxide. This also prevents corrosion. Anodizing often gets used on aluminum.


Conversion Coating

Conversion coating is a process that converts the outer layer of a metal to another elemental makeup. The method can also improve corrosion resistance or conductivity.



Corrosion is the deterioration of metal. A variety of reasons can cause it.


Electroless Nickel

Another method of plating metal with nickel that doesn't require electricity.



A method of plating metal using electrolytic deposition.



A method of polishing metal using electricity.


Gold Plating

A method of coating metal with gold. The process can also improve conductivity.



Hardcoat is an anodizing process that also creates a durable surface finish on the metal.



A process where only part of the metal gets exposed to the finishing process.


Mechanical Cleaning

Mechanical cleaning is a cleaning process that uses abrasives such as sandpaper instead of chemical cleaning agents.


Media Blasting

A cleaning that involves blasting the metal surface with abrasives to remove dirt and also grease.



A metal treatment which also reduces the chemical activity on the metals’ surface.



Plating is another finishing in Massachusetts process. The process involves covering the surface of a metal with another kind of metal.


Tin-Lead Plating

Tin-lead plating is another plating method that coats the metal with a layer of tin and also lead.


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