Electroplating is the process of chemical-electrodeposition of a layer of metal, over a previously prepared substrate. It is a cost effective manner of giving an inexpensive metal the appearance of an expensive metal, or giving it different surface appearances than it would normally have.
- The surface of the part must be prepared according to the desired finish. For example, if the desired finish is Satin Nickel, then the part must be satin buffed before plating.
- The parts must be securely fixtured before entering the plating line. The parts to be rack plated are arranged on coated metal racks and fixed with screws, spring fingers, or wires according to their size, weight, and configuration. They are either plated completely or selectively by masking areas that do not require plating. Rack plating is the preferred method for plating intricate parts. Larger parts that are not easily racked can be wired together and hung from a bus bar. Barrel plating is an economical service well suited for electroplating parts that are small and durable, having specific finishing needs. The parts are placed in barrels filled with electroplating solutions and rotated to assure uniform plating.
- Our facility contains some of the largest plating tanks in the county giving us the ability to plate parts that most others can’t. Parts are moved through a series of tanks, filled with different solutions, each having a distinct temperature, PH, timing, and electro current settings to achieve a desired metal deposit, over a pre-fabricated and or polished piece of metal.
- Post-plating, parts are buffed to even out the finish and bring out the true luster.
- Most finishes require a clear protective coating to be applied over the plated finish to protect it from corrosion and tarnishing which causes discoloration. Parts are typically coated with a traditional clear lacquer, however a tinted lacquer could be applied to slightly alter the appearance of the finish. An e-coat or powder coat could also be applied for those applications requiring extra corrosion protection.