E-Mist 9 and E-Mist 7: Chrome Mist Suppressants

Need a great mist suppressant for your chrome plating? No problem. In fact, EPI can provide you with two that are non PFOA and PFOS.

The primary use for E-Mist 7 and E-Mist 9 is to lower the surface tension of chrome plating or anodizing solutions. The difference between the two is that E-Mist 9 will create a foam blanket, and the E-Mist 7 is non foaming, however, the two can be used together. Both E-Mist 7 and E-Mist 9 are stable when added to strong oxidizing solutions containing, Chromic Acid, Nitric Acid, and many more, offering consistent performance in suppressing fumes and mist generated under electrolysis.

InstaBlak 333: No Smut, Wide Operating Window, Blackened Parts

Kool Blak 225 blackened part  Fe3O4 finish no smutInstaBlak 333 makes blackening parts quick and easy. Parts can be blackened in two minutes, as opposed to the usual 15 to 30, reducing two shifts to one. The process is also easy to do in house, since InstaBlak 333 operates at room temperature. This means no waiting on unpredictable parts from outside vendors, you'll be able to make your own smut free parts with a solid black finish.

InstaBlak 333 can be used for blackening by hand for larger architectural components, or by immersion, for smaller parts. Either way the process creates the same durable, ascetically appealing part. Blackening parts has never been easier, thanks to InstaBlak 333



UltraBlak 400 Makes Parts Blacker; Last Longer and Stay Stronger

Kool Blak 225 blackened tool ready to cut some metal!UltraBlak 400 is a chemical solution made to convert the surface of ferrous metals into black iron oxide. UltraBlak 400 then penetrates and becomes part of the surface, increasing the protection of the part, all while maintaining the part's original dimensions. But how can the Ultrablak 400 help you?

By increasing corrosion protection, it adds years of life to the part and increases resistance to abrasion as well as increasing durability. UltraBlak 400 also increases lubricity, allowing mating parts to perform their tasks smoother than ever before. The black oxide itself only adds 5 to 10 millionths of an inch to the part, helping the part itself to maintain its original purpose and dimensional stability.

Eric Olander speaks at SF China in Guangzhou, China on EPi’ latest development of plating alkaline non cyanide copper on zinc die casts in barrel applications

Eric Olander speaking at SF China 2014

Eric Olander speaking at SF China 2014

By Eric Olander

Sorry about the late post!

Earlier this month I spoke at SF China on akaline non cyanide copper. The presentation was made in English and then translating into Chinese. Some intersting facts about presenting in China. First, the presenter has to pay $1500 to make a presentation at SF China versus here in the USA at NASF presentations there is no charge for giving a presentation. The result of this is fewerr presntations, but a higher quality presentation.

China is facing some new regulations form the Chineses government on pollution and one area in the electroplating industry is eliminating cyanide from metal finishing facilitites. One of the concerns the Chinese government has is the potential use of cyanide as a terrorist  weapon.  This is the same concern here in the USA with the Department of Homeland Security. Copper plating today in China uses cyanide copper strike and then immediately into a pyrophosphate copper without any rinsing to use less cyanide. The challenge is the fact that they are still using cyanide and pyrophosphate technology is older technology from the 1960's that was tried in the USA, but always had the problem of generating orthophospahte break down product which eventually results in a banded deposited that has adhesion problems

EPI Removes Smut and Brightens Steel Parts with the E-Kleen SR-AE


Left Beaker: 10% Sulfuric acid

Right Beaker: E-Kleen SR AE, performing its job well, removing as much carbon as possible.

Having smut problems on your steel and iron? Are the cleaners in your arsenal not getting the job done? EPI has the solution, the E-Kleen SR-AE!

The SR-AE is soluble in all mineral acids, and it is also compatible with acid inhibitors, such as E-Pik Ihibitor and E-Hib 979. The main purpose of this product is to remove carbon smut that can form in mineral acids and offer extra acid base cleaning powders, resulting in brighter, stain free parts. E-Kleen SR-AE is formulated to emulsify oil, keeping your parts oil and smut free.

This product is only used on Steel/Iron substrates, and is not to be used on copper or copper alloys.

Stan Olander’s HO Model Railroad layout featured in the Model Railroader magazine July 2015 issue. Win a free issue!



By Eric Olander

At the beginning of the You Tube video you see Stan's Great Northern steam engine on a round table in the background of the Model Railroader magazine video preview of the July 2015 issue.

If you are not familiar with Model Railroading  as a hobby I think you will find some of these articles very interesting and full of the latest high technology. The July 2015 issue includes articles about:

- How to model realistic horses and wagons

This next one is one of my favorites; How to set up an Apple/Android smart phone to operate trains on a digital command control layout.

-How to install a new WOWsound decoder and speaker in a HO engine


-Modify pico and micro engineering turnouts

-Stan's large layout

EPI will be offering free copies of this Model Railroader issue. Reply to this blog  if you would want a magazine or email me at erico@epi.com


Eric Olander’s new presentation on the Successful Application of Alkaline Non-Cyanide Copper by overcoming Copper Immersion Plating challenges on zinc die cast substrates at SF China 2014 on December 3rd @ 14:30

SF China 2014By Eric Olander

I am excited about the opportunity to speak at SF China 2014 in Guangzhou China on December 3rd @ 14:30 in meeting room number six. I will be speaking on EPi's new alkaline non cyanide copper plating process. Our latest research has resulted in an exciting new process that tackles the challenge of immersion copper on Zamac (zinc  die cast) substrates.

EPi's E-Brite Ultra CU successfully plates onto zinc die cast in rack situations partly because we go in live with the process. Trying to go in live in a barrel copper plating process is very difficult because there is on and off contact. EPi's new chemistry lengthens the immersion time to 45 seconds from 5-10 seconds before it starts to immersion copper plate. This results in the opportunity to copper plate in a barrel without cyanide on a zinc die cast substrate. Successful lab trials have resulted in excellent bake adhesion at 350 F for 60 minutes with a cold water quench. EPi will start beta site trials in 2015.

I hope to see you in China!

Kool Blak 225 produces smut free glossy black oxide finish

Kool Blak 225 blackened part  Fe3O4 finish no smut

By Eric Olander

I can't believe it has been almost been nine months since we have introduced Kool Blak 225 with outstanding results that are high gloss and smut free. Competitive mid temp black processes produce a satin  black color with smutty black rub off on your hands. Kool Blak 225 produces a true black oxide finish that is glossy like hot black oxide without the biting caustic fumes of a hot black oxide process. Your competitive mid temp process typically uses a proprietary surface prep to achieve a black finish. No more special prep with Kool Blak 225 you can use hydrochloric acid or an acid salt to achieve the true black oxide finish saving you money!

Seven Step  Process

1. Soak Clean E-Kleen SR 102-E removes carbon smut on steel and difficult to clean metal working fluids.

2. Cold Water Rinse

3. 50% Hydrochloric  Acid

4.Cold Water Rinse

5.Kool Blak 225

6 Cold Water Rinse

7. E-Tec sealant rust preventive


Want to see the finish? Please send six parts to;



17000 W Lincoln Ave

New Berlin, WI 53151

More to come on Kool Blak 225!


Michael Hineman restores 1945 WWII M1 Garand with Insta Blak 333 GEL


By Eric Olander

One of EPi's new customers utilizing  Insta Blak 333  GEL room temperature blackening process was searching high quality blackening process that will meet his high quality standards. Michael stated :

" I have literally tried every cold blue product on the market and am blown away how well yours does. Most just do not blacken enough or are extremely splotchy or just causes too much rust on small parts. I have attached a before and after picture of the results I achieved."

Here is a before picture of the famous M1 Garand

Insta Blak 333 Gel restores WWII M1 Garand

Look at Michael's outstanding attention to detail and craftmanship in the restored M1 below!!

M1 restored black oxide finish with Insta Blak 333GEL

Here's a close up picture of the restored M1.

Restored M1 with InstaBlak 333 GEL

Look at the left hand side of the wooden gun stock you see some initials engraved into the wooden stock. Here is a close up of the wooden gun stock. Close up M1 wooden stock  with Insta Blak 333 GEL

 Please read Michael  Hineman's quote of the what the initials mean below:


"I think that would be great to share. I do not have a problem with my story, name or pictures being used. I would only asked to please copied on what is shared. Just to make the story little more interesting....This gun in a 1945 WW2 M1 Garand. The sight is the only piece that is post 1945. This particular M1 Garand is special in that it has the cartouche "OGEK" stamped on the side. In my research, I found that the "OG" was from the Ogden Arsenal in Utah. They performed rebuilds of small arms that were needed before sending them back out during WW2. The "EK" was for the name of the inspector, which happened to be Elmer Keith (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmer_Keith) who was employed at the arsenal during a 3 year time frame that ended sometime in late 1945. To my knowledge I have not seen another with his stamp of approval. To me this is proof that the stock is also from at least 1945. I have attached a picture with the cartouche before and after as well as a few others. So EPI is now part of history or at least preserving a part of history.

Wow what a once in life time historic story! Thank you Michael Hineman for making this happen and using Insta Blak 333GEL. Insta Blak 333 GEL formula allows the black oxider to work in the blackening process resulting in a uniform deep-rich-black finish!

Eric Olander will be speaking at Milwaukee NASF Branch on October 14th, 2014 on Cleaning

By Eric Olander

I am excited about the opportunity to talk in length about "New Developments in Cleaning and Pretreatment for Electroplating . My talk will be held on October 14th, 2014 at the Milwaukee NASF branch meeting at Saz's (famous for their ribs) at 5539 W. State Street Milwaukee, WI. Make a reservation by email wendy@barrelplating.com or call Wendy at 414-934-8998. RSVP by October 13th, 2014.

My power point presentation will discuss the present methods of cleaning and some of the latest developments in soak, electro cleaning , acid cleaning and spray cleaning.New update will be included in the latest improvements in E-Kleen SR and a potential testimonial from an E-Kleen SR user in Milwaukee.


We hope to see you there!