Metal plating is a process where the surface cover of metal is applied to a conductive surface. If metal plating wasn’t used, any corrosive raw metals would only last for a fraction of the time that coated metal does. By applying a hard, long-lasting, and corrosion-resistant surface over functional metal, you are also protecting the part or component from corrosion and abrasion.
Metal Plating Explained
There are two basic methods of metal plating including electroplating, which is done with plating tanks, and physical vapor deposition or PVD for short. With electroplating is when an electric current is used for the electrolyte solution for dissolving metal solids and then depositing them to substrate materials.
The PVD is a method that creates a metal coating in graphite, silver, or gold hues. With this coating, the metals are evaporated into a vapor before being condensed as a layer or a film on the components or parts.
Benefits Offered by Metal Plating
Metal plating will add several layers of high-shine or non-corrosive materials, such as nickel or chromium to the metal substrate’s surface. This helps to make it more resistant to wear, corrosion, and rust. If proper finishing is no problem, the underlying metal may be extremely damaged by impact marks or scratches. If this happens, the lifespan of some metal products would be minimized to just a fraction of its potential.
By overlying metals using a protective metal plate, the product’s longevity will be increased. If this treatment isn’t provided, the metal could disintegrate and wear. With the plating in place, it offers improved protection.
Metal plating is an old process that has been used for many years. While the methods of plating have improved through the years, it is still a basic process that provides the desired results and offers an array of benefits for the end product.