Electroplating is the process of plating one metal onto another by electrolysis, most commonly for decorative purposes or to prevent corrosion of a metal. When it comes to electroplating, controlling the thickness of the material is an essential requirement for most applications because the part most often must be an exact size. During the process of electroplating, the thickness of the metal coating is contingent on the length of time the part spends in the solution. There is however, other influences that effect electroplating. The solution, temperature, metals, current, and other factors can all influence electroplating. During the electroplating process, the bath must be calibrated to your particular conditions. The best way to calibrate the bath is through experimenting. This involves finding a piece of metal with comparable contours and shapes. With the experimental piece, test plating will occur under ideal temperature, concentration, and voltage conditions. For quality electroplating, both the reference part and the actual part must be cleaned carefully prior to plating.
Not all metals are as flexible when it comes to plating complex shapes or bearing voltage variances. This is why during electroplating, trial and error on experimental pieces of metal is necessary to find the right conditions for the precise thickness of the desired coatings. The more intricate the piece, the more vital experimenting becomes. At Burton Metal, we have generations of technical experience, proven results and will always provide the best quality metal finishing.