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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you want to know more about plating and plating processes from the Metal Finishing Group? This Frequently Asked Question section can provide answers for you. If there is something not covered in this section that you would like answered, please submit your question to our experts via email or call them directly at (916) 442-1063 , and they will answer your inquiry promptly.

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What turn-around time can you offer?
Our average turn-around time is 3-5 working days. For large production runs the turn-around could be up to 2 weeks – partial orders are possible. Expedited orders could be processed as soon as the next day, but that is determined by the order.
Do you have a representative who can visit us to discuss specification and engineering details?

Yes. Our sales rep is Clint Rains and can be reached at the office or directly at 916-997-4860.

What are your terms of sale?
For established customers we offer an open account with terms for 1% disc 10, net 30. For individuals we accept cash, checks, Visa, American Express, or MasterCard.
Do you comply with environmental air and water regulations?
Yes. Our discharge constituents are below the required limits. Air emissions, waste water purity and processing residues are monitored, cleaned and disposed of using all the approved and regulated methods.
Do you provide research and development on samples of new processes and products?
Yes. R & D is one of our strongest niches for partnering with customers.
Do you belong to trade associations?
We are a member in good standing of the Metal Finishing Association of Northern California, AESF (American Electroplating and Surface Finishing), and NAMF (National Association of Metal Finishing.
Do you provide on-site polishing?
We do not provide on-site polishing. All parts must be taken apart and brought in for review.
How are parts polished?
All parts are polished by hand; large parts greater than 6′ to 8′ are near the limit of our capabilities. Size can also be determining factor in which finished are available.
How should aluminum parts be prepared?
Coatings must be removed (paint). Previously anodized parts will need to be chemically stripped prior to being re-anodized.
Why and when is baking necessary?
When parts are coated, hydrogen atoms can diffuse into the metal, filling up atomic voids in the structure; this inclusion of hydrogen changes the chemical structure of the metal to one that is more brittle. Baking is a process where the metal is subjected to heat in order to remove the spare hydrogren atoms from the metal.

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A & A Enterprises
Aluminum Coating Technologies
G & L Finishing
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