In order to get the best possible finish, you need to understand the type of metal you have then adjust the process accordingly. For example, metals like stainless steel undergo very different processes compared to zinc diecast.
At Precision Plating we have the capability to plate the following metals:
- Mild Steel
- Stainless steel
- Zinc Die-cast
- And most other alloys and precious metals
A typical part can go through 20 or more different processing tanks transforming it to your required finish.
For example; chrome plating a part will include the following processes:
- Soak cleaning
- Copper plate
- Nickel plating
- Chrome plating
Various steps involved in plating a component
- Paint stripping (if required)
- Chrome and nickel stripping process (if required)
- Polishing to give a smooth surface
- Racking to part suitable for plating and drainage
- Plating stages, variety of tanks to go through for cleaning and plating the various metal layers
- Nickel plating, this is an undercoat for most finishes line chrome, gold, satin, etc
- Chrome plating or other finishing top coat
- Chrome solution
- After plating, parts removed from racks and inspected
- Parts packed and ready for shipping
If you don’t have a plating specification, please advise us what application your part will be used for. We can then determine what will suit the part best. Different applications require different plating specifications. An exterior automotive grille generally requires a duplex nickel coating compared to an interior cabinet handle.
The more information you can provide us, the better the result and the more accurate your quotation will be. Copies of the Surface Finishing Industry Standards may be obtained from SAI Global, the distributors of Australian Standards.