Top Benefits of Metal Plating

July 4, 2018
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July 4, 2018 Bend Plating

Top Benefits of Metal Plating

The process of metal plating requires a skilled professional to create successful electroplating. If you are looking for metal plating in Oregon, or anywhere in the nation, we can help.

Top Benefits of Metal Plating

Plating can be described as the surface covering where metal is deposited on a conductive surface. Without metal plating, corrosive raw metals would only last a fraction of their potential coated lifespan. Depositing a long-lasting, hard, and corrosion resistant surface on top of the functional metal of the part, will help the product resist abrasion and corrosion.

What is Metal Plating?

There are two methods for metal plating: electroplating and physical vapor deposition (PVD). Electroplating is when an electric current is used in an electrolyte solution to dissolve metal solids and deposit them onto substrate materials. PVD is another method of producing a metal coating in gold, silver, and graphite hues. In a PVD coating, metals are evaporated into a vapor form before they are condensed as a film or layer on the parts.

What are the Benefits of Metal Plating?

Metal plating adds layers of non-corrosive or high shine materials like Chromium and Nickel to the surface of the metal substrate, which makes it more resistant to rust, corrosion, and wear. Without proper finishing, underlying metal can be also damaged by, scratches, or impact marks. The lifespan of certain metal products would be reduced to a fraction of its potential without metal plating.

Stronger Resistance

When metals are overlaid with a protective metal plate, the longevity of the product increases. Without treatment, the metal can wear and disintegrate. Metal plating proves better durability and resistance to abrasion and protects the metal from corrosion, chemical damage, and wear. This is important for machine tools, dies, and drills which are often coated in PVD.

Increased Appearance

The appearance of the original metal is improved when it’s polished and plated. The polishing process removes and eliminates any flaws, pits, scratches, and sharp edges; cleaning and smoothing the surface of the metal product. The product can be further processed to  a matte, glossy, or textured/brushed finish and can include decorative accents such as color application.  Electroplate over a polished surface further lowers surface roughness for mirror like results.  Electroplate over matte and brushed finishes will maintain texture characteristics of the surface while sealing the surfaces from corrosion.  These benefits are well worth the effort considering parts that are expected to last for generations.

Simplified Cleaning

Metal plating makes cleaning your finished metal product much more manageable. Because of the smooth surface, adhesions and contamination have a difficult time clinging on. You will not have to use harmful chemicals to keep your plated metal clean.

Bend Plating | Metal Plating in Oregon

We are the only competitive facility in the country that provides metal plating in Oregon that includes robotic polishing, automated flat stock polishing, and manual polishing for short runs and prototypes, cosmetic weld contouring and repair, PVD and electroplating—all under one roof. Contact us today for metal plating Oregon or around the nation.

Bend Plating

Bend Plating provides metal coating, plating, finishing, and polishing services for the automotive, marine, medical, dental, outdoor, sporting, aviation, music industries and more. Contact us for an estimate on your commercial project.

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