News & Case Studies

Secrets for the best polished finish on your stainless steel welds!

Posted by Natalie Henderson on 21 March 2019

Needing that perfect polished finish on your stainless steel fabrication but the weld is being difficult?  Discolouration, shadowing, scratches...we've all been there.  Below are the secrets for obtaining the best polished finish on your stainless steel welds...

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Topics: Weld Cleaning

Getting the most out of your Cougartron

Posted by Natalie Henderson on 30 January 2018

As more and more Cougartron weld cleaning machines leave our warehouse to find forever homes amongst our engineering customers, we've learnt a few things that we want to pass on to you so you can get the best performance from your Cougartron...

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Topics: Weld Cleaning

Is pickling paste ruining your stainless steel product?

Posted by Natalie Henderson on 12 April 2017

White smudgy marks, corrosion, pitting, rust...cracking...eeeek!  Are any of these symptoms found on your stainless steel product after you've cleaned with pickling acid?  Are you using pickling paste the wrong way? Is there a solution?  Let's find out...

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Topics: Weld Cleaning

How to make sure your stainless steel product looks good after a year

Posted by Natalie Henderson on 29 March 2017

Stand back and admire that perfectly shiny, smooth stainless steel fabrication you've just finished - you've put a lot of effort into getting it to look just right...but will it still look like this in a year, or 6 months?  Your customers will be extatic with the results now, but this can quickly go downhill if your stainless steel product doesn't last the distance.  Here's some tips to make sure your stainess steel fabrication is still looking and performing it's best after a year..

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Topics: Metal Finishing, Weld Cleaning

All you need to know about PPE for pickling paste

Posted by Natalie Henderson on 24 March 2017

Pickling paste is a well known product used for post weld cleaning amoungst stainless steel engineers.  For a long time pickling acid was the only way to achieve a truely clean result.  Now, due to its widespread routine usage, the dangers of pickling paste and high importance of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) are often overlooked...

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Topics: Weld Cleaning, Respiratory and Welding Safety

Why we love electro etching (and you should too!)

Posted by Natalie Henderson on 13 March 2017

Say goodbye to laser marking, engraving and acid etching and HELLO to electrochemical etching. This is the best way to permanently mark stainless steel and other metals with high definition graphics - like your logo!  Electro etching is consistent, durable, cheap, and easy to do.  There's loads of ways you can benefit from an electrochemical etching machine - learn more below...

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Topics: Metal Finishing, Weld Cleaning

How to solve the biggest problems with pickling paste

Posted by Natalie Henderson on 09 March 2017

If you're a fabricator of stainless steel, chances are you've experienced the problems associated with using pickling paste for cleaning stainless steel welds.  Recognised as a hazardous substance, the dangers of pickling paste are well known to cause severe injuries including skin burns, breathing difficulties, sore throat and poisoning.  We'll help you solve the biggest issues with pickling paste by discussing alternatives to pickling paste, and providing a handy pickling paste safety checklist for if you must use pickling paste in your workshop.

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Topics: Metal Finishing, Weld Cleaning

9 common misconceptions about stainless steel weld cleaning machines

Posted by Natalie Henderson on 28 February 2017

A rise in health and safety concerns has meant stainless steel fabricators are looking for alternative stainless steel weld cleaners from aggressive pickling paste.  Electrochemical/electrolytic weld cleaning machines are the latest trend in weld cleaning, with claims of providing a safer, quicker and better alternative to pickling paste.  

We talk to a LOT of stainless steel engineers who don't want the hassle of pickling paste, but are not too sure about taking the leap into investing in an electrochemical cleaner.  Below are 9 of the most common misconceptions we find in talking to them:

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Topics: Weld Cleaning

The future of weld cleaning is here!

Posted by Shane Carroll on 24 February 2017

DNL Stainless Fabrications Ltd, Auckland - case study

He found it!  Tired of the rigmarole of hazardous pickling paste, Joel was looking for a safer alternative with the same performance level.  Cougartron Inox-Muscle puts pickling paste to shame with it's safety and ability to clean and electro-polish welds and surfaces.

'Compared to pickling paste, the old school way, its awesome!'

We talk to Joel Stitt - Manager at DNL Stainless Fabrications on why he ditched the pickling paste and replaced it with the Cougartron Inox-Muscle weld cleaning system, and his experience so far.

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Topics: Case Studies, Weld Cleaning

The next big thing in stainless steel weld cleaning

Posted by Natalie Henderson on 17 February 2017

Pickling Paste will become a thing of the past with the Cougartron ProPlus electrochemical weld cleaning system!  Utilising the latest breakthrough technology for cleaning, polishing & etching stainless steel welds and surfaces, the Cougartron does everything you need it to do and more - we've got testimonials to prove it!

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Topics: Weld Cleaning