[armyradios] Plated steel in WW II

ed sharpe esharpe at USWEST.NET
Thu Jan 24 02:37:52 EST 2002

I think zinc and cadmium?
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From: "J. Forster" <jfor at quik.com>
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Subject: [armyradios] Plated steel in WW II

> Does anyone know what plating materials were used on steel in WW II,
> on things such as mounts for radios, brackets, and antennas?. I am trying
> restore some equipment and the plating is bad in places, which has left
> underlying steel exposed, leading to some surface rust. The items are
> Basically, many items formed from sheet steel  were subsequently plated
with a
> bright greyish coating, not shiney but matte. Over time, the coating turns
> grey when exposed to air. Sometimes black blotches appear, and sometimes
> are black fingerprints. The plating can be cleaned up some, but where
> needs to be redone. Does anyone know if it's Zinc, Cadmuim, or something
> How can you tell? Are there any simple chemical tests?
> The equipment includes the following:  No 19 MK II and MK III carrier,
> box bases, 6 & 12 pt connector shells, and handles (MK II was radio used
in some
> Shermans) and the AN/APN-2 'Rebecca' antennas, among other things.
> Also, does anyone know of someone who can duplicate this plating?
> TIA,
> John
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