Plated Stainless Steel

Our stainless-steel products can also be coated using electroplating. This process can also be called electrodeposition, etching, or plating. It is where a thin layer of a different metal, such as chromium or nickel, is applied to the stainless-steel surface. We use Electroplating at Auswave to help enhance the appearance, corrosion resistance, and durability of our stainless-steel products.

The Process of Electroplating

Electroplating stainless steel is where a thin layer of a different metal, such as chromium or nickel, is applied to the stainless-steel surface.

Firstly, the stainless steel is cleaned thoroughly to remove any dirt, grease, or contaminants. 

Then an electrolyte solution is prepared, which contains metal ions of the metal you want to plate onto the stainless-steel product, (i.e. chromium or nickel). The electrolyte solution also contains chemicals to control the plating process, such as buffers, brighteners, and surfactants.

The stainless-steel product is then immersed in the electrolyte solution. A power supply is used to create an electric current. This allows the electrolyte solution to be reduced and deposited onto the stainless steel. The metal ions are attracted to the negatively charged stainless steel, where they form a thin, even layer on the surface of the stainless steel.

The electroplating process is carefully controlled by adjusting factors such as current density, plating time, and bath composition. These factors influence the thickness and quality of the plating.

Once the desired thickness of the metal layer is achieved, the stainless-steel product is removed from the plating bath and rinsed. Sometimes, polishing or buffing may be performed to improve the appearance and smoothness of the plated surface. 

Electroplating Stainless Steel Grates

Better Looking Grates: The process of electroplating can give stainless steel a shiny, reflective, and attractive appearance, particularly with finishes like chrome or nickel plating. The plated surface is also easier to clean and to maintain its lustre.

Improved Corrosion Resistance: Electroplating with materials like chromium and nickel adds a protective layer that enhances the corrosion resistance of stainless steel. This makes our stainless-steel products more durable and longer-lasting, particularly in aggressive environments or for applications where there’s exposure to moisture and harsh chemicals.

Precision Control: The thickness and quality of the plated layer can be precisely controlled, ensuring that it meets specific engineering or design requirements.

Environmental Benefits: Some electroplating processes are designed to be more environmentally friendly, using advanced technologies and materials that reduce the environmental impact, compared to traditional plating methods.

Customisation: Electroplating allows for customisation in terms of the type of metal used for plating and the final finish, which can be tailored to specific needs.

It’s important to remember that the advantages of electroplating stainless steel can vary depending on the type of plating material used, the thickness of the plating, and the desired end application for the plated stainless-steel product.

We recommend careful consideration of the intended application and the selection of the appropriate plating material as an essential step for achieving the best results.

To determine the exact needs for your next job and to make sure the right coating is selected for your project, talk to the knowledgeable and helpful team at Auswave today.

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