Items that need metal plating require a very specific process in order to achieve the resulting finish that you want. First an item would be cleaned to remove any foreign substances such as oil, wax, rust and other known ‘soils’, creating a blank slate with which to work.
To achieve an effective electroplated finish normally follows three distinct events: Metal Stripping, Metal Polishing and Metal Plating.
- Metal Stripping
Stripping is normally used to remove surface defects such as blisters or skips. This is to adequately prepare the item for the next two stages.
- Metal Polishing
Polishing is used for two reasons. The first makes sure that the surface that you plan to plate is as smooth as possible, enabling a more effective and uninterrupted plating process. The second is to create a mirror-smooth finish.
- Metal Plating
This is the process that adds your chosen finish to the item in question. The most popular plating finish is chrome, which can be used for classic car parts or bicycle parts.
Not many companies provide all three services, which means that you would have to source either two or three companies to complete your request. Luckily at Dorsetware we are equipped with the facilities to undertake all three operations.
As one of the leading electroplating companies in Dorset servicing clients throughout the South, we are proud and excited to provide you with such a complete and comprehensive service. It means that you as a customer only need to make two trips in order to achieve the desired finish for your items – even less if you use our dedicated collection and delivery service!
If you would like to find out more about electroplating, our other finishes or if you’d like some advice regarding if your item is suitable for metal polishing, give us a call on 01202 677 939 or fill out our online contact form for a no obligation same day quote.