Surface Treatment 101


Origin, Meaning and Uses of Colours: Red

Used since prehistoric times for the first pictorial drawings, red arouses conflicting emotions by its very nature: loved and hated at different points in history, this primary colour has reached the present day as a protagonist in the most diverse fields, from art to fashion, from astronomy to architecture.

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Origin, meaning and uses of colours: green

From a venom-based pigment to a flag for ecological movements: green, the quintessential colour of nature, is one of the most difficult tints to synthesise and, perhaps for this reason, it is also associated with capriciousness and deception. Read the article to find out the positivity and negativity of a colour with many nuances.

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Origin, meaning and uses of colours: blue

According to some recent studies, blue is the favourite colour of most people, regardless of their gender or place of origin. But why? Probably because its origins, meanings and applications. Read the article to find out all the curiosities about the colour blue.

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Why and how are 3D printed parts coated?

Today, 3D printed components made in the most diverse materials are increasingly widespread, thanks to the possibilities offered by this fast, inexpensive, and waste-free production technology conceived for prototyping or manufacturing parts with complex geometries. However, even these parts are subject to wear, corrosion, and harsh environmental conditions that can compromise their aesthetic and functional characteristics. Therefore, they must be protected with a surface coating. In this article, we analyse why and how plastic and metal 3D components are coated.

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How are automotive plastic components coated?

In the automotive industry, the use of plastics is becoming more and more common as it improves the functionality of vehicles while enabling to apply more attractive and refined finishes. In this article, we explore why plastic materials are increasingly being used in the automotive sector, why they are painted, and what steps are included in their coating cycle.

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How to paint strip a metal surface

The surface treatment sector offers many different paint stripping processes, some with a chemical or mechanical nature, others using thermal power or cold temperatures. This article deals with the reasons why parts are paint stripped, the various technologies available, and what elements should be considered when choosing the best suited one for any application.

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Why would paint flake off?

Whether on metal, plastic, wood, or concrete, one of the most common paint defects is peeling. Just as skin flakes off after a sunburn, so do some coated surfaces, more or less severely. In this article, we will take a closer look at the causes of this phenomenon and the ways to avoid it and we will analyse some examples of paint failures due to peeling after a fairly long period of time after application, including a topical story.

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What are the main painting defects and how to solve them

All paint products degrade over time. Prolonging the service life of applied films is therefore one of the main goals of all coaters striving for excellent quality and high customer satisfaction. In this article, we will explore the most common painting defects, their causes, and their possible solutions.

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