Introduction: Using TSP to Prepare Parts for Powder Coating

TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) is an optional step to further clean your parts.  It is an alkaline cleaner and must be kept away from mucus membranes and skin.  Use gloves to handle the parts during the TSP bath.

This step is referenced in Powder Coating Basics.

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Step 1: Fill a Utility Sink With Enough Water for a Parts Bath

Use your shop sink or other heavy duty option.  

Step 2: Add TSP

Sprinkle the TSP in using a few shakes.  A significant amount is not required as you can see in the picture. 

Step 3: Put Components Into Bath

Once the TSP is dissolved, put your components into the bath.

Step 4: Shake Around Components

Using gloves, swish around your component to make sure each surface is completely soaked.

Step 5: Lay Out to Dry

Take your components out and lay them out in a safe place to dry.  I just used the other sink.