Perma-Gold Industry Standard Yellow Dichromate
The high quality Perma-Gold finish is a zinc dichromate finish applied over an electro-galvanized zinc plating and is totally compatible with the aesthetics and performance of yellow dichromate finishes used on other brands of metal framing.
A .5 mil electro-galvanized plating is used instead of a standard galvanized coating. This creates a cohesive molecular bond between the steel and the applied zinc coating. The strength of this bond repels corrosion and prevents future blistering and peeling. This electro-galvanization process, performed in compliance with specification ASTM B633, ensures an even distribution of the zinc.
The gold colored zinc dichromate is applied over the electro-galvanized surface to produce a chemically-bonded, nonporous surface barrier. This provides protection from moisture and air to extend the life of the zinc and to provide an excellent surface for painting if desired. The Perma-Gold finish also provides a low electrical resistance when the system needs to be grounded. To eliminate exposed surfaces, the channels and fittings are plated after all fabrication. The zinc coating provides sacrificial protection on exposed edges when field cutting is necessary or scratches occur during construction and handling.
The long-term corrosion resistance of zinc is directly proportional to thickness. Industrial grade finishes with heavier zinc finishes for greater long-term protection are also available and are described on the reverse side.
SC1 (mild) has a Zinc coating of 0.2 and is recommended for dry indoor use. SC1 is the standard finish thickness.
SC3 (Severe) has a Zinc coating of 0.5 mill and is the standard finish thickness only on UL Listed raceway products.