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Standard & Custom Metal Finishing

From Prototype to Production, Forge has your success in mind. We work closely with Engineers and Project Managers to carefully select the best process parameters to fit your finishing requirement.

The Forge finishing experts often collaborate at the design level so that many of the ambiguities and early challenges can be avoided. When its time to go to production, the ramp cycle is vigorous as much of the hard work has been completed already.

Forge continuously optimizes their process with perpetual capture of information and feedback from each process. The expert technicians are always looking for a better way to process customer requests. Forge ensures that all projects are processed quickly and correctly the first time, every time.


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Forge’s comprehensive anodize process allows for greater control of quality and consistency while maintaining capacity and flexibility. Better throughput and more customized options for specific requests are achieved by using multiple tanks within production lines. Continuous maintenance, thorough cleaning and rigorous schedules ensure the anodizing process always meets industry standards and exceeds customer expectations.

Material Specifications


Sulfuric Acid Anodize

Mil-A-8625F, Type II, Class 1, Clear

Mil-A-8625F, Type II, Class 2, Dyed
• Black, Red, Blue, Green, Gold, Gray, Tan
• Custom Colors Available upon Request

Hardcoat Anodize

Mil-A-8625F, Type III, Class 1, Natural

Mil-A-8625F, Type III, Class 2, Dyed

Electroless Nickel

Steel Pipe

Electroless Nickel plating offers several advantages, including corrosion resistance and more consistent uniformity. Whether hook, rack, or barrel plating, Forge’s team of experts efficiently process all types of runs – from short run precision machined parts to high volume screw machine manufactured hardware. Their Medium Phosphorous Electroless Nickel is the industry standard and yields the best combination of wear and corrosion resistance. As with all Forge finishing processes, the Electroless Nickel has been optimized to produce the highest quality parts, regardless of thickness or tolerance, and a superior finished product.

Electroless nickel capacities currently include:

  • Medium Phosphorus (5-9%) Nickel
  • Consistent plating thickness up to .0010″, +/- .0001″
  • Complex part geometries, inside diameters and thru holes
  • Advanced XRF Inspection System with traceable standards
  • Prototype to High Volume Production Quantities
  • Hook, rack and barrel process capabilities
  • Aluminum, Brass and Steel

Material Specifications




AMS 2404E



Mil-A-26074, Class 1


Mil-A-26074, Class 1



With capabilities to rack or barrel process stainless Steel products, Forge can passivate according to customer specifications and assures quality results. Our custom designed racks segregate your precision machined components from other parts, ensuring smooth and exact finishes.

As the use of citric acid evolved into the preferred formulation for stainless steel component cleaning and passivation, Forge tailored their process to meet the change. The Forge Metal Finishing passivation process is compatible with most standards and has proven effective for aerospace, medical, machining and food industries.

Forge’s use of multiple process tanks, parts dryers, and an organized staff allows for effective processing of high-volume batches of stainless steel products daily. The strict process control, including precise chemical titration and use of deionized rinse water, make exact results an expectation.

Material Specifications

Stainless Steel

AMS2700 Method 2 (Supersedes AMS QQ-P-35)





Forge offers several versions of Chromate to meet most commonly specified requirements. As with all of the surface coating processes, accuracy is the most important factor to their skilled technicians. Forge can chromate your components in bulk barrel or individual rack configurations.

Chromate Conversion, also known as Iridite or Yellow Chromate, is widely used in sheet metal applications and often used as a primer before painting processes. This process is also applied to masked surfaces after anodizing, providing a corrosion resistant electrical contact surface. Forge’s chromate process is available in various specifications including RoHS compliant formulas .

Material Specifications


Hexavalent Chrome Free Clear

Mil-DTL-5541, Type II, Class 1A (Maximum Corrosion Resistance)

Mil-DTL-5541, Type II, Class 3 (Electrically Conductive)

Hexavalent Chrome Yellow

Mil-DTL-5541, Type II, Class 1A (Maximum Corrosion Resistance)

Mil-DTL-5541, Type II, Class 3 (Electrically Conductive)

Forge Answers

Do you offer standard processes?

Yes. All metal finishing processes have standard procedures. Customizations are also available based on a client’s specific requirements.

How do you determine what finish is best for my product?

Typically, a finish requirement is defined in a purchase order or customer supplied drawing. However, we will guide a customer to a more practical or cost effective finish if we feel it will help.

How quickly can I expect a response on quotes?

We are dedicated to responding to all quotes within 4 business hours. If the project is more complex and requires more time, we will contact you to let you know an estimated quote delivery.

What is the quickest turnaround you can offer of on a project?

For certain projects we can offer same day turnaround. All of our expedited services will carry an additional fee depending upon the speed and the application.

Will you stock my inventory?

We will stock raw parts for staggered delivery, but this is dependent upon part size and duration of storage.

Should I choose silk screening or laser marking for my metal component?

We always recommend laser.  However, certain large area images or other applications that present limitations to our laser process are better suited for silk-screening, which we do not provide.

Are you able to create and manage unique identifiers for traceable metal parts?

Yes, 1D & 2D Barcodes. We also do UID codes for DoD traceability.

What documentation do I need for my FLL-regulated metal part?

Copy of ATF issued FFL Certificate. Any serial numbers or other tracking data required by law should be clearly stated in the Purchase Order and any correspondence.

Are you ISO certified?

Yes, please see our most current certificate.

What if I have part acceptance issues?

Please let us know immediately so that we can determine root-cause and collaborate to develop a path forward.

How do I manage color matching to other metal parts?

Provide us with a sample and/or standard that we can use for comparison and process development.

What are the cost drivers in metal finishing?

Typically, part size and geometry are the main drivers, but degree of complexity and tolerance specification are also factored in.

Are your finishing processes environmentally friendly?

Yes, we are environmentally conscious with all work that comes through our facility and we monitor the impact our work has on the environment.

What is the benefit of Electroless Nickel?

The advantages include:

  • Does not use electrical power.
  • Even coating on parts surface can be achieved.
  • No sophisticated jigs or racks are required.
  • There is flexibility in plating volume and thickness.
  • The process can plate recesses and blind holes with stable thickness.
  • Chemical replenishment can be monitored automatically.
  • Complex filtration method is not required
  • Matte, Semi Bright or Bright finishes can be obtained

What are your laser marking capabilities?

We specialize in Direct Part Marking (DPM) on nearly all metals and many plastics and we will work with flat and round parts with full circumferential marking capabilities.

Can Forge Metal Finishing certify the process?


Do you offer hard coat anodizing?

Yes, Class 1 & Class 2

What is the difference between hard coat anodizing and conventional anodizing?

The main differences are thickness, abrasion resistance, pore structure and cost. Hard coat usually offers more advantages, but cost can be a decision factor.

What does your color matching process entail?

Usually we ask for a sample or standard of what the customer requires. Then, through some experimentation, we develop a custom color that is reproducible. Next we develop a standard process to duplicate that color whenever the customer requires production for that part.

Is there a price difference between the anodizing processes?

Yes, Type III Hardcoat is 2–3x greater than conventional Type II Anodize, depending upon the thickness requirement.

Who will my primary contact be if I do business with Forge Metal Finishing?

A Project Manager or Operations Manager initially, then usually shipping and scheduling coordinators can assist with routine orders.

Do you offer warranty on your metal components?

We stand behind our work. If we fail to meet the specifications we will fix the problem or work toward an equitable solution.

Request for Quote

Submit the requirements of your next metal finishing, color matching or laser job and a Forge technical expert will review your project and respond accordingly.