Learn More About the Value of Electroless Plating

Created at : Dec 2, 2022

Electroless plating is a process of chemical deposition which involves the use of an autocatalytic reaction to deposit a coating of metal onto a substrate. This method of plating does not require an electrical current, as its name implies. The electroless plate process can be used to coat many different substrates including glass, plastics and metals such as aluminum, brass, copper and steel. The most common type of electroless process is nickel plating which is often used for corrosion protection or surface finishing on parts that are exposed to harsh environments.

Allowed To React with The Surface of The Metal

The electroless plating process begins with preparing the part by cleaning it thoroughly in order to remove any oils, dirt or other contaminants from the surface. After the substrate is cleaned, the plating solution is applied to the part and allowed to react with the surface of the metal. This reaction causes a catalytic reaction which deposits a layer of metal onto the substrate. The thickness of this coating can be controlled by adjusting various parameters such as temperature, time, concentration and pH level.

Certain Additives May Also Be Added

Once the plating process is complete, the part is then heat treated in order to harden and strengthen it. Depending on the application, certain additives may also be added to alter specific characteristics such as hardness or wear resistance. In some cases, additional processes such as anodizing, or galvanizing may also be used for further protection from corrosion or abrasion.

Provides Excellent Corrosion Protection and Finish Quality

Electroless related plating offers many advantages over traditional plating processes. It is a relatively simple and cost-effective process which can be used to coat many different substrates. It also provides excellent corrosion protection and finish quality, making it ideal for parts that are exposed to harsh environmental conditions or for cosmetic applications such as jewelry plating. Additionally, it does not require an electrical current which makes it safe and easy to use in environments where electricity is not available. Contact Barkens today to find out more.