If you’re wondering where to get gold plating done, look no further. Bend Plating provides premium gold plating services for the electronics, aviation, jewelry, gaming, motorsports, outdoor recreation, and music industries. If you’ve ever seen a flash of gold at the casino or on an electric guitar, we might have had something to do with it. No matter what industry you work with, here’s a primer on the gold plating services we offer.
Where to Get Gold Plating Done in Oregon?
Bend Plating provides high-volume metal plating services at our facility in Bend, Oregon. And yes, that comes in gold. In fact, we offer 24-karat gold plating for the ultimate in luxury metal finishes. As you may know well, solid gold is expensive. Deservedly so. But a very thin layer of gold electroplating will often add the desired aesthetic or functional characteristic at an affordable price. Gold plating continues to be in demand for a wide variety of high-end applications including jewelry and even technology.
We aren’t the first society to fall in love with gold. Archaeological excavations have uncovered gilded silver objects from a site in Peru including artifacts dated to the mid-first century. The idea remains the same today as it did then: Instead of making something from solid gold, why not save on the cost a bit by using an inexpensive base metal and plating it with gold? The item would not only have the appearance of gold, but it would have the durability of the base metal as well. It’s a win-win.
An Intro to our Gold Plating Services
So how do we do this? There are several different gold plating methods we use depending on the application. With jewelry, for example, we most commonly plate gold onto silver, copper, or even nickel substrates. This ensures a quality product with minimal color fading. In the case of electronics, gold is plated onto copper, nickel, or cobalt (in varying harnesses) to make semiconductors, circuit boards, and wire bonding.
No matter the case, our gold plating services are applied via electroplating or methods. Electroplating involves generating an electric current in an electrolyte solution to dissolve metal solids and deposit them onto substrate materials. This is most commonly used in the jewelry industry or wherever decoration is the prime objective. Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) is another method of producing a luxurious and highly desirable metal coating in gold, silver, and graphite hues. PVD coating coating involves evaporating metals into a vapor/plasma form before condensing them once again as a film or coating. This is most commonly used add color to a piece when the properties of the base metal (such as strength, hardness, and corrosion resistance) are desired.
Needless to say, if you’re wondering where to get gold plating (or gold PVD) done, Bend Plating provides quality, production gold/chrome/nickel/copper plating services. Not only that, but we offer robotic polishing services as well—and we are one of the only metal shops to do so. That means we can handle high-volume projects on time and on budget. And they look absolutely beautiful when they’re done. Whether you have a prototype, a small-run order, or a high-run order, give us a call. We’d love to talk more with you about your project.
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I’m near Portland and having difficulty finding a gold plating service for a small project. I have a pendant that is made of either pewter or nickel, which I would like to have coated in 14k yellow gold. Is this a service you offer? If not, any idea where else I can inquire?
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