Atlas Plating has offers different electroplating process including:
Semi Bright Nickel
Plating process start with stripping or deplating . all the parts need to be free of paint and old plating. For plaint stripping we use a specially formulated paint stripper which is environmental friendly and also safe to use on Aluminium.
After Stripping process in most cases we continue with mirror polish. other prep work we offer includes #4, #6 and #8(mirror polish). for more information try ourpolishing
the base for decorative Chrome plating is Nickel or sometimes bare stainless Steel. the thickness of decorative chrome plating is about 7 micron (.275 mil). the temperature of chrome tank is 110F and the duration of plating is anywhere from 30 sec. to 5 minutes. a 20" wheel pulls about 2000 Amp @ 10 volts. the throwing powder of chrome is weak which means chrome can not cover deep corners. a rule of thumb in plating is called 3/4" ball that means if you have a a 90 degree angle if put this 3/4" diameter ball on the concave corner the void area between the angle and the ball would not be covered by chrome(more on chrome plating
We use duplex Nickel plating which has a superb corrosion resistance properties. the first layer is a semi bright Nickel which becomes the sacrificial layer for bright Nickel on the top . the thickness of our Duplex Nickel is 1mil or more. our Nickel plating tank is 75"L x 24"W x 42"H. sometimes we can plate longer pieces up to 12 ft it depends on the base metal and other two dimensions.
Atlas offers Nickel plating in Bright Nickel ,Dull Nickel, Satin Nickel and Brush Nickel.
We use Strike Copper and Acid Copper. Strike Copper is a base for plating hard to plate metals like pot metal. after a flash of Strike Copper We move the parts to acid Copper. Acid Copper has excellent leveling property . After building a thick layer with Copper we can buff the parts and remove the pitting if there are still pitting remain we have to go back to Copper tank or fill the larg void by brazing.
We have a 24K Gold plating tank for small items . the base for Gold plating in bright Nickel. We can Gold plate plastic pieces which has been chrome plated before and chrome is in geed shape.
Plating on plastics
is not a easy task , if you have a plastic piece with some kind of conductive surface we can rebuild over that base but we can not start plating from scratch. for example we can Gold plate a chrome plated logo or vise-versa. sometimes the chrome is not shinny (matte finish) like molding on some Cadillac models. We can rebuild and made the chrome shinny.
Small chrome caps , to Gold plating $25 each
Small chrome lettering, to Gold Plating $20 per letter
Large chrome caps , to Gold Plating $90 each
Satin chrome molding , to reflective chrome $30/ ft
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if you have any question.