Bright Nickel Plating
For those parts and products requiring machinable decorative finishes, Gleco offers several options, including QQ-N-290 and ASTM B689 bright nickel plating on parts up to 60″ x 36″ x 48″. This process levels and brightens metallic surfaces using organic and metallic compounds known as agents. It can be applied to various ferrous and non-ferrous metals, including:
Bright nickel plating can also be used to repair components and save on remanufacturing costs, making it one of the most common nickel electroplating options.
Benefits of Bright Nickel Plating
While bright nickel plating offers good conductivity, it isn’t as corrosion-resistant or ductile as other options. As a finishing process, bright nickel plating offers several advantages:
- Quick application
- Abrasion resistance
- Wear resistance
- Great corrosion resistance
- Highly leveled ductile finish
Because bright nickel plating contains organic additives that refine the grain structure and provide high leveling properties, it is often used to hide surface imperfections and polishing lines. Unfortunately, these additives can ultimately impair the solderability or brazing of the nickel, resulting in higher tensile stress and reduced ductility.
Bright nickel can also be used as an undercoating to improve the reflective properties of the material being plated. To achieve specific finishes, a thin deposit of chrome or brass can also be applied over the nickel plating.
Typical Bright Nickel Plating Applications
This finish is used most often in the automotive, consumer goods, and hardware industries but has applications in a wide array of fields.
- Car trim
- Exhaust pipes and trims
- Hand tools
- Wire racks
- Plumbing parts
- Nuts and bolts