Nickel electroplating is a technique of electroplating a thin layer of nickel onto a metal object. Because of nickel’s slow rate of oxidation at room temperature, it is considered corrosion-resistant. The nickel layer can be decorative, provide corrosion resistance, and wear resistance. Nickel also allows you to solder many difficult metals together. Nickel is one of the most common forms of electroplating. It even provides a natural lubricity.
Nickel plating can provide a bright and shiny finish to your product, and will maintain its brilliant finish under many severe conditions. It is often chosen because of its ability to hide minor imperfections in the metal part it covers. This covering property is known as levelling. Our supplier is very experienced with nickel and knows all the tricks of the trade to get your nickel plating done right and done on time.
You should be aware that nickel will tarnish and corrode, especially after it has been scratched. Nickel is not as durable as some of the other finishes. It does, however, take more wear than zinc or copper. Nickel is one of four metals that is ferromagnetic at room temperature and can sometimes be used to plate when a magnetic quality is needed. Nickel can also be plated with little or no stress on the part.
Cost wise, nickel electroplating is typically more expensive than zinc. The raw metal is more expensive and a thicker layer is often used. Nickel is mostly used when appearance is crucial. We have a close relationship with highly skilled suppliers who work with nickel plating every day. If nickel plating, or any other metal plating, seems like the perfect finish to your product then Seaborn will make it happen. Contact us about giving your next project a nickel plated finish. We are happy to help.