Find Your Finish Flowchart

22 Aug 2022

How should I finish my casting?

With so many finishing options, how do you choose? Custom parts require custom solutions. This simple flowchart will help you start to find your ideal finish.

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7 Finishing Solutions

There are 7 common ways we finish aluminum and zinc castings:

1. As Cast Surface

Permanent mold products have a high quality surface finish out of the mold, so they do not always require a finishing operation. This is one way a permanent mold casting can save you money!

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2. Grit Belt Polishing

We use various grit strengths to give castings a finer surface.

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3. Stainless Steel Shot Blast

This creates a consistent, textured surface.

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4. Mirror Buff or Plated

This process makes parts, especially zinc products, extremely reflective.

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5. Powder Coat or Paint

This common finish creates a colorful, stand-out product.

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6. Chromate

Chromated parts can be colorful and are highly conductive.

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7. Anodize

Anodized products are not only colorful, but also receive extra protection. They are corrosion resistant, oxidation resistant, and highly insulated.

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Still can’t decide?

Give us a call. We cast, machine, and polish permanent mold aluminum and zinc castings every day. Our casting experts will be happy to assist with your project!

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