Decorative metal finishing not only increases the decorative appeal of a product but also greatly increases the workability and durability of the surface.
There are many performance benefits of decorative metal finishing:
- Corrosion, tarnish and wear resistance
- Electrical and chemical resistance
- Enhanced electrical conductivity
- Increased durability and hardness
- Enhanced brightness or color
- Potential for vulcanization (ability to bond to rubber)
- Torque tolerance
- Can be used to plate both metallic and non-metallic surfaces
Our decorative metal finishing services include:
Electroplating— This type of metal plating has been around for decades. It employs an electric current to coat a metal substrate with copper, nickel, chrome or 24-karat gold.
Electroplating is a low energy form of plating. This means the ions arrive at the part being plated at a relatively low energy and deposit. Because of this, it is difficult to have a uniform application, and large build-up on the outer edges is common.
The benefits of electroplating for some industries such as the watch industry is that a gold plated product will have a more authentic solid gold appearance than PVD, since it is actual gold plating. The downside is that it is not as durable, so lots of wear and tear can rub the plating down or the plating can get scratched.
PVD Coating—The newer PVD application is a vacuum deposition process that has gained popularity over the years. One of the benefits of PVD is that it is able to smoothly and uniformly coat complex and intricate parts of different geometries.
More PVD Coating benefits for decorative metal finishing:
- Improved adhesion of up to six times greater in some cases
- Wider choice of materials to be deposited
- No harmful chemicals to dispose of, making it more environmentally friendly
Call the experts at Bend Plating today and we will be happy to help you determine which decorative metal finishing process is best for you.