What is Copper plating

Copper plating is a type of electro-chemical process, in which a layer of copper is applied on the metallic surface through the use of electric current.

We have a glydo type copper plating facility which can plate items up to 1.5 meters in length and 1 meter deep.

Copper Plating Main Uses

  • Decorative: Copper plating can be used as a decorative finish because of its attractive reddish/brown appearance.
  • Corrosion Resistance: Copper Plating can be used to increase the corrosion resistance on car, motorcycle and marine parts where it is used as a base coat. Copper Plating provides a smooth uniform finish under nickel plating and helps with the adhesion of other finishes. Where copper is used to achieve high corrosion protection i.e. Service Condition 4, Merridale apply a layer of Cyanide Copper plating followed by a layer of Acid Copper plating. The components are then polished to remove all imperfections before adding duplex nickel and chrome plating.
  • Copper Strike: When corrosion protection isn’t a major requirement, sometimes a thin layer of Copper i.e. Copper Strike can be applied to a component prior to nickel and chrome plating.

Non-ferrous metals for example brass, bronze and nickel silver may be directly plated in acid copper for plating.

Copper Benefits

  • Conductivity: Copper plating is a good electrical conductor. Copper is widely used in the electrical industry and the electronics industry because if offers excellent electrical conductivity to electrical components.
  • Refurbishment:  Copper Plating can be used to build up corroded parts, particularly useful when refurbishing old car parts.
  • Flexible:  Copper is a soft metal and therefore has the advantage of being used on parts that need slight flexibility.
  • Antimicrobial properties:   The properties of copper have natural ability to destroy/inactivate microbes and a wide range of microorganisms.  Therefore Copper Plating is particularly useful in the healthcare industry.

More questions?

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Please contact us on 0121 556 3636 or email us on merridale@hotmail.co.uk today for any additional enquiries!