Nickel Plating

 Nickel electroplating is a technique of electroplating a thin layer of nickel onto a metal object. The nickel layer can be decorative, provide corrosion resistance, wear resistance, or used to build up worn or undersized parts for salvage purposes. 

 

 

 

 

Overview

Nickel electroplating is a process of depositing nickel onto a metal part. Parts to be plated must be clean and free of dirt, corrosion, and defects before plating can begin.To clean and protect the part during the plating process, a combination of heat treating, cleaning, masking,pickling, and etching may be used.Once the piece has been prepared it is immersed into an electroltye solution and is used as the cathode. The nicke lanode is dissolved into the electrolyte to form nickel ions. The ions travel through the solution and deposit on the cathode

Decorative coating

Decorative bright nickel is used in a wide range of applications. It offers a high luster finish, corrosion protection, and wear resistance. In the automotive industry bright nickel can be found on bumpers, rims, exhaust pipes and trim. It is also used for bright work on bicycles and motorcycles. Other applications include hand tools and household items such as lighting and plumbing fixtures, wire racks, firearms, and appliances

Engineering applications

Engineering nickel is used where brightness is not desired. Non decorative applications provide wear and corrosion protection as well as low-stress buildups for dimensional recovery.The method can be used for making nanocomposit wear resistance coatings.