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.