Which Metal Plating Finish Do You Need?

The world of metal finishing can be complex and difficult to understand. Here at Dorsetware, we are experts in electroplating services so we have compiled all our electroplating information into a handy table to help you work out what sort of metal finishing you might need. Still unsure? Call the team on 01202 677939 or get in touch using our online contact form.

Plating Qualities Application Uses
Alocrom Plating Corrosion resistance

Excellent paint and power bonds

Heat resistant after coating

Self-healing if scratched

Low electrical resistance

Aluminium Tools within general industrial work

Electrical components

Household appliances

Car parts

Aerospace components

Bright Acid Tin Plating Heat resistance

Nontoxic

Solderability

Corrosion protection

Electrical conductivity

Any metal Food processing

Kitchenware

Firefighting tools

Decoration

Electronics

Telecommunication

Medical tools

Bright Nickel Plating Corrosion protection Wear resistance

Decorative

Steel

Copper

Brass

Iron

Automotive:

Bumpers, rims, exhaust pipes and trims

Hand Tools:

Plumbing supplies, lighting, wire racks and appliances

Chrome Plating Corrosion resistance

Surface hardness

Easy maintenance Decorative

Metal

Plastic

Door knobs, handles and letterboxes

Bathroom fittings

Lighting

Car parts

Moulds and press tools

Valves and pumps

Cold Chemical Blacking No change in dimensions and conductivity

Corrosion resistances

Lubrication layer

Decorative

Reduced light glare

Ferrous metals Aerospace

Microscopy

Optical applications

Circuit boards

Automotive parts – gears, chains and sprockets

Architectural finishing

Machining

Copper Electroplating Thermal conductivity

Electrical conductivity

Antibacterial

Tough

Ductile

Non-magnetic

 

Metals

(Ferrous metals will need a nickel base coat)

RFI (Radio Frequency Interference)

EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference)

Shielding purposes

Large aerials

Medical equipment

Coins

Electroless Nickel Plating Decorative

good conductivity

 

Steel

Aluminium

Copper

Brass

Iron

Bumpers, rims, exhaust pipes and trims

Lighting fixtures

Plumbing

Gold Plating Aesthetic

Corrosion resistant

Conductive layer

Any metal (with a conductive surface) Rings

Necklaces

Watches

Electrical connectors

Circuit Boards

Hard Anodising & Coating Strength

Wear Resistance

Resistance to corrosion and abrasion

Additional thickness

Metal Gearbox and braking equipment

Deep sea machinery

hydraulic systems, valves and pumps

Oil and gas industry equipment

Iridite NCP Plating & Coating Corrosion resistant

Superb paint adhesion

ELV, RoHS and WEEE standards (No lead, cadmium, chromium, mercury or PBB compounds)

Aluminium Alloys Standalone finish

Base for paints, lacquers and high-performance topcoats

 

Manganese Phosphate Coating Hardness

Outstanding wear resistance

Corrosion resistance

Metal Engines, gears and power transmission

Washers, nuts and bolts

Magnet cores

Dull Nickel Plating & Nickel Sulphamate Hard wearing

Malleable

Significant corrosion resistance

Steel

Aluminium

Copper

Brass

Iron

Machine parts, springs or things where movement is required
Passivation of Stainless Steel Corrosion resistance

Anti-rust

Stainless Steel Knives, forks and other cookware

Modern construction and architecture materials

Surgical and dental instruments

Car exhaust and engine components

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