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Applying a heat-resistant mark to ceramic

  1. Dec 12, 2008 #1
    http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=porcelain crucible&gbv=2

    In the lab where I work we have a number of identical-looking ceramic crucibles. It would speed up my job if these could be distinguished from each other by eye. The cruicibles are regularly baked at 550ºC for a period of 3 hours. What type of paint (or other mark) could I apply that will not peel, burn or fade? (Etching or notching/chipping the crucibles is not an option.)
     
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  3. Dec 12, 2008 #2

    mgb_phys

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    Coloured chalk is traditional in foundries to mark hot metal,I would have thought a regular graphite pencil would work. Depends on how smooth the glaze is.
     
  4. Dec 12, 2008 #3

    Danger

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    Engine enamel, as is used to paint car motors, or barbecue paint would probably work okay. Both are designed to withstand extreme temperatures.
     
  5. Dec 12, 2008 #4

    Ranger Mike

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    Hi-Heat Coating by Cool It

    exhaust hedder paint is good to 2000 F
    cost $ 10 a can
    black or aluminum in color
    you also can get temperature indicating paint that changes color up to 621 C
     
  6. Dec 12, 2008 #5
    Thank you for replying so quickly. Very helpful suggestions. And if ordinary graphite works then that will be extremely convenient.
     
  7. Dec 12, 2008 #6

    Danger

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    Way cool! Do you have a brand name for that?
     
  8. Dec 13, 2008 #7

    Ranger Mike

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    Tempilaq Temperature Indicating Paints
    complete kit is $ 85, has 454C, 510C, 538C, 593C and 649C brush top bottles..each of these cost $18 each...
    you can get Brake paint for $ 59 that changes color as temp goes up on calipers..6 distinct colors from 299c to 671C

    we get these from pegasusautoracing.com so we can monitor correct fuel jetting and make sure brake pads are in proper range
     
  9. Dec 13, 2008 #8

    Danger

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    Thanks. I don't have any immediate need for it, but it's nice to know that it's available.
     
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