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Metal Pickling

Metal Pickling

“Prior to pickling, the heavy surface soils such as oil, grease, buffing compounds, drawing compounds, some scale, heavy rust, dye and paint markings, tape, adhesive residue and other foreign substances must be removed.”

Metal pickling or chemical descaling is but one of several pretreatment steps available for preparing an article for further processing such as passivation or electropolishing, or to perform a superior cleaning operation of welded structures. Pooja Pickling and Passivation Metal Finishing offers pickling and chemical descaling services for stainless steel and carbon steel.

Metal Pickling is typically performed to remove tightly adherent oxide films resulting from hot-forming, heat treating, welding and other high temperature operations. Welding or heat treatment often produce complex oxides that can vary in color. All these oxides are generally referred to as "scale" and must be removed. Where applicable, alternative mechanical methods such as blasting, shot peening, tumbling, and wheel abrading may also be performed. Stainless steel that undergoes acid pickling will oxidize (rust) when exposed to atmospheric conditions of moderately high humidity. For this reason, a thin film of oil or similar waterproof coating is applied to create a barrier to moisture in the air. This oil film must later be removed for many fabrication, plating or painting processes.