Problems With Flash Rust on Castings After Blasting?
Flash Rust on Castings
Shot blasting of aluminum castings with steel shot can leave parts looking dull and dirty. Steel shot residue trapped on parts can also cause flash rust on castings. This leaves your castings with freckles of rust on the surface and in casting crevices. In periods of high humidity these freckles can appear overnight as the casting moves through subsequent machining, painting, or assembly steps.
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Shot blasting with Cast Aluminum Shot leaves a brighter finish than steel:
Before: Aluminum Casting Blasted With Steel Shot
After: Aluminum Casting Blasted With Cast Aluminum Shot
Cast Zinc Shot has the mass for flash removal and deburring, leaving a brighter surface finish:
Before: Rusty Cast Iron Wrench
After: Same Cast Iron Wrench Blasted With Cast Zinc Shot
Blasting cast iron or other ferrous materials with Cast Zinc Shot leaves a 1-micron thick coating to temporarily prevent flash rust.
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