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Nickel Plating

Nickel Plating in West Palm Beach, FL

Electrical nickel plating is a process that uses an electrical current to coat a conductive material made of metal with a thin layer of nickel. If your household goods have lost their sheen, don’t assume that it’s time to replace them. Through nickel plating you can bring back to life your appliances, lighting fixtures, plumbing and more.

What is Nickel Plating?

To begin the electro nickel plating process, the surface must be cleaned of any containments, such as grease, oil, and oxide. Solvents, alkaline cleaners, water and other materials may be used during this process. The exterior of the product may also be modified in order to improve the adhesion of the nickel.

During the nickel plating process, the product will be attached to the negative side of the power supply through a conductive wire. A nickel rod is attached in a similar fashion to the positive side of the power supply.

The product is then submerged into a chemical solution that includes the electroplating nickel. Through a chemical reaction, the nickel in the rod oxidizes and dissolves into the solution. As the nickel attracts itself to the base material, it coats the product.

Once the nickel has coated the entire product, the newly finished item is rinsed and cleaned for presentation.

What are the Benefits?

There are many benefits to nickel plating, including providing a new finish to metal that lost its beautiful finish long ago.

Some benefits of nickel plating include:

  • Corrosion resistance
  • Enhanced hardness
  • Stronger material
  • Resistant to wear
  • Improved ductility

Both bright and matte nickel offer corrosion resistance and different materials used for the nickel plating process can lead to a semi-bright or fully bright finish.

Applications for Nickel Plating

The application of nickel to a product may be placed into two categories, decorative coating and non-decorative engineering applications.

For decorative coating, bright nickel may be used. Bright nickel may be found on vehicle parts, as well as bicycles and motorcycles. Other applications include household goods like lighting, plumbing fixtures, and appliances.

Non-decorative applications include the use of nickel for electronic or aerospace applications, heat shields, and chemical processing equipment.

What can be Coated in Nickel?

Nickel plating may be completed with many pure metal and allows, including:

  • Unalloyed or low alloy steel
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Zinc and aluminum alloys
  • Stainless steel

If you have questions about the nickel plating process or are interesting in having your household goods plated in nickel, contact Mark Plating at 561-655-4370.

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