What Is Metal Plating and How Does It Work?

zinc plating

Metal parts are often prone to corrosion, especially when they’re used in an environment that has a lot of moisture. By covering these metal parts with more noble metals such as nickel, copper, chromium, and zinc, these parts are able to last longer. This is because the covering, also known as metal plating, creates a protective barrier.  But how…

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Comparing Zinc Alkaline Plating to Acid Zinc Plating

Both zinc alkaline plating and acid zinc plating (chloride) can be applied to a wide variety of base metals and alloys. Choosing one over the other is largely a factor of the specific requirements of the coating, the base metal, and what will happen to the part after the plating process is complete. It is…

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Zinc Alkaline Plating: Anti-Corrosive and Environmentally Friendly

In the finishing industry, electroplaters can use one of several metals, alloys, and plating methods to achieve their goals. At DeKalb Metal Finishing, we specialize in zinc and zinc alloys. For over 70 years, we have focused on fulfilling our obligations to maintain high standards in our industry including our responsibility to the environment. Why…

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ZINC: A VERSATILE MATERIAL ROOTED IN HISTORY

Corrosion Resistance For centuries, industries have exploited the incredible corrosion resistance that zinc and zinc plating provide, especially when applied to iron or steel. It is well known that iron and steel are very strong materials with many uses, but once exposed to the elements, these metals easily rust, corrode and break down. However, adding…

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