Thick film passivation

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Thick-film passivation is a corrosion-resistant surface refinement by coating on the basis of compounds containing chromium (III).

This is a chromium (VI) -free coating, especially in the automotive industry. It is used there because, in accordance with legal provisions ( EU end-of-life vehicle directive ), coatings containing chromium (VI) may no longer be used since July 1, 2007. The chromium (VI) concentration in yellow chromated surfaces according to EN ISO 3613 is usually approx. 50 mg / m² chromium (VI).

Thick-film passivation is characterized by a high level of corrosion resistance, which can be further increased by re-sealing.


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