Plating finishes, its purpose and uses in various industries today
The application of metal coating or other treatment to the surface of a substrate is a very important manufacturing process. Plating finishes can be applied solely for the purpose of aesthetics (to enhance the appearance of) or functional purpose (to protect or improve the performance of the product) or both.
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The finishing process could be physical, chemical or mechanical in nature.
Metal plating finishes can also be applied to non-metallic surfaces and plastic substrates. To be more precise, the process is largely regarded as the final phase in the manufacturing process of metallic or non-metallic products. Aside from the jewelry industry, plating finishes are used prominently in a variety of areas to include aerospace, electronics, and consumer goods and products.
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Metal plating finishes serve well in improving both the appearance and function of a product, and thereby improving its overall quality. Some of the specific purposes for which it is used for jewellery articles includes:
- better corrosion resistance;
- increased strength and durability;
- increased surface hardness;
- increased surface thickness;
- greater wear resistance;
- greater chemical resistance;
- and enhanced appearance.
The plating process can be done in multiple ways. It is up to you to decide which is right for you.