There is no magical power than can change a cheap metal into a rare and expensive one. But we do have something better than alchemy and that is electroplating.
Electroplating harnesses the power of electricity to coat metals like copper with a thin layer of something better, like gold or silver. This gives the resultant product the qualities of the plating material, like sheen, strength, ductility, or resistance to corrosion, at a mere fraction of the price.
Gold plating is expensive but valued because it improves conductivity, appearance, resistance to corrosion and reflectivity. Gold is inert and does not oxidize. During gold plating, a thin layer of gold is applied to the surface of another metal using an electrochemical process. Gold is valued for its scarcity relative to other metals.
Gold plating ranges from 0.000007″ thickness as used in costume jewelery, and 0.0002″. Gold. You may have an alloy of gold, cobalt, and nickel.
The thickness of the gold plating depends on whether it is being used for jewelry, equipment, watches, or gadgets.
Silver plating enhances electrical contact and improves decorative value of items like switchgears, statues, idols, panel boards, artefacts, and other decorative items.
Silver plating makes decorative items like cutlery, trays, and table wear cheaper. In the Switchgear Industry, silver plating gives copper items like breaker points more solderability& ductility.
In the hotel industry, items like bowls, chafing dishes, boxes, jugs, cutlery, mugs, wine baskets, tea urns, and trays.
Antique Brass and Copper Plating
Antique plating effectively protects metals from environmental damage. The most popular items for antique plating are candlesticks, indoor furniture, knobs, iron works, hinges, panels, soap bars, drawer handles, stainless steel panels, candlesticks, and other items.
We provide antique brass and copper plating to improve the appearance of metals and to protect them from exposure to the elements.
Decorative items made from stainless steel naturally lend themselves to antique plating.
Brass is one of the most important metals used in electroplating. Brass is useful for creating brass sculptures. Brass plating increases corrosion resistance and makes processing parts resistant to salt spray and humidity temporarily. Brass plating is good on coppers and brass alloys.
Brass plating restores antique items that are scratched or have chipped paint. Antique items should be polished and lacquered before brass plating.
Copper plating involves depositing a layer of copper on an item by way of an electric current.
Professional copper electroplating requires specialized chemicals and equipment to make a high-quality coat and better results. Copper mostly functions as underplating. It helps other deposits to have greater adhesion as well as higher electrical properties and achieving greater corrosion resistance.
When copper is the final deposit, it improves brazing, electrical conductivity, and thermal of the substrate. The finish can vary from bright to matte depending on our client’s needs. The range of hardness also varies, as does ductility.
There are three types of copper plating available: alkaline, mildly alkaline, and acid.
Clients who require copper plating typically come from the hospitality industry, industrial and manufacturing, and interior design.