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Surface Finishing and Heat TreatmentMicromatics

Surface Finishing and Heat TreatmentMicromatics

Surface finishing is a broad range of industrial processes that alter the surface of a manufactured item to achieve a certain property.

Surface finishing is a broad range of industrial processes that alter the surface of a manufactured item to achieve a certain property. Finishing processes may be employed to: improve appearance, adhesion or wettability, solderability, corrosion resistance, tarnish resistance, chemical resistance, wear resistance, hardness, modify electrical conductivity, remove burrs and other surface flaws, and control the surface friction. In limited cases, some of these techniques can be used to restore original dimensions to salvage or repair an item. An unfinished surface is often called a mill finish.

Surface coatings are used to protect the surface of magnesium and its alloys to prevent their direct contact with air and moisture so that the electrochemical corrosion reactions described above will not occur or occur at a very low rate.