Coating and Finishing
A coating is a covering that is applied to the surface of an object for decorative or functional purposes. Coating forms part of the finishing process in the manufacturing chain. In fact, surface finishing is used to describe the broad range of processes that alters the surface of a manufactured item. Reasons for finishing includes to improve appearance, to give corrosion resistance, tarnish resistance, remove surface flaws or to add hardness. Types of coating and finishing include; burnishing, case hardening, ceramic glaze, glassing, painting, glazing, curling, plasma spraying, peening, thin-film deposition, powder coating, vitreous enamel and vacuum plating. Industries that use contract manufacturing include aerospace, defence, computer, pharmaceutical, medical, personal care, and automotive fields.
Anodising- 22 Suppliers 163 Services
Anodising is created by the process of electrolytic passivation which increases the thickness of the outer layer of metal. It is used to increase strength and protect against corrosion, as well as to add colour (like in the instance of Apple iPod).
Buffing and Polishing- 21 Suppliers 98 Services
Polishing and buffering involves changing the surface of metal to some small degree. The purpose of this change in surface is to remove small damage or add shine. Buffering and polishing are two processes with some slight differences, but the results achieve exactly the same results.
De-burring- 5 Suppliers 7 Services
Galvanising- 39 Suppliers 275 Services
Galvanizing is the most environmentally friendly process available to prevent corrosion in steel and metal. It is widely used in industries that require corrosion resistance metal, without the cost of stainless steel. The zinc coating protects scratching and corrosion by providing a top layer that takes the effects of any damage, leaving the steel or iron unaffected.
Industrial Cleaning- 20 Suppliers 2,165 Services
Metal equipment has to be cleaned to prevent damage and ensure smooth running. In manufacturing and industries that handle metalwork (including aluminum, copper/brass, steel, stainless steel, zinc or another hard surface), the process of cleaning is referred to as industrial cleaning.
Plating- 49 Suppliers 1,099 Services
The most common form of plating is the process of covering a solid surface with a metal sheet and binding them together via heat. The purpose of plating is often aesthetic, in the case of jewellery, or to strengthen and give protection against corrosion.
Polishing- 21 Suppliers 586 Services
Polishing enhances the look of metal wear by adding shine and brightness. Polishing is also to remove subtle damage, like scratches. In the process, the surface incurs a minor change through a process that involves an abrasive that is glued to the work wheel.
Powder Coating- 34 Suppliers 324 Services
Unlike normal paint, powder coating does not require any solvent and is cured under heat. Powder coating can produce thicker coatings of paint, making it much harder-wearing and attract to the automotive and cycling industry – often used on wheel alloys and bicycle frames.
Shot Blasting- 12 Suppliers 96 Services
Blasting can be used to smooth a rough surface or roughen a smooth surface. One of the most abrasive methods of blasting is shot blasting, with shots being the term for small balls or pellets made of lead. The purpose of shotblasting is to clean or strengthen polish metal.
Spray Painting- 12 Suppliers 101 Services
Spray painting involves using a device to spray paint, ink or varnish through the air on to a surface. It is commonly used in automotive, decorative, marine, architectural coating, furniture finishing, scenic painting and cosmetic industries. It is also commonly employed through graffiti.
Other- 56 Suppliers 371 Services
Other products that didn't quite fit into any of the above categories.