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Beth Page
11-11-2009, 12:17 PM
I was wondering if it is at all possible to engrave on yellow zinc plated spring steel? And if so how can it be done?

Dan Hintz
11-11-2009, 12:39 PM
Tough to say... it depends upon the composition of the coating. Some pretty pure stuff should mark okay.

(Third edit is the charm).

Darryl Hazen
11-11-2009, 12:58 PM
Are you sure it's plated? It may be zinc chromate primer which is a paint used prior to painting the final coat. It is used primarily in the aircraft industry but can also have other applications.

Beth Page
11-11-2009, 1:00 PM
yes he said it was yellow zinc plated spring steel, the measurments are 3/16" x 11.75" x .031"

Darryl Hazen
11-11-2009, 1:20 PM
Beth, The main reason for zinc plating is for corrosion control. I would be reluctant to try lasering away any of the plating. My suggestion would be to try using Cermark. Having never tried it on zinc I can't tell you if it will work.

Beth Page
11-11-2009, 1:23 PM
yeah i thought about cermark also but not sure if the yellow plating will come off during the marking process

James Stokes
11-11-2009, 6:24 PM
I have never tried it my self but would try to mark it bare if that did not work then I would try it using the thermark lmm14. That seems to work better for me on difficult surfaces better than the lmm 2000