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Metal Finishing Services

You Asked: What Is a Salt Spray Test?

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A Salt Spray Test accelerates the normal rate of corrosion a component would undergo in order to evaluate the suitability of a protective coating. The appearance of corrosion (such as rust, blisters, peeling) is evaluated after set amounts of time to judge comparatively the effectiveness of any

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You asked: What are Sacrificial Coatings?

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Metal finishing processes such as Zinc Plating are described as being ‘sacrificial’ in nature, but what does this term actually refer to?


When metals such as Steel are exposed to the elements they will often undergo a process called Oxidation which is corrosive in nature. Iron

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Benefits of Zinc Plating

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Zinc Plating with Passivate is one of the most popular metal finishing processes for a wide range of components including screws, fasteners as well pressings and automotive components. It is popular for a number of reasons:


Low Cost: Zinc as a material is abundant in nature within the

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Corrosion Resistance of Zinc Plating

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Zinc Electroplating offers a low cost but highly effective way in which to protect ferrous metals against a range of Corrosion sources. So what is Zinc, what can it be used for?


What is Zinc?


Zinc is a naturally occurring element that is abundant in the earth’s crust and is

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Paint & Powder: What We Need To Know

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Silchrome offer a very wide array of metal finishing processes and this includes Paint and Powder Coatings. Our Paint shop has been especially busy of late and so we thought we’d help our customers by giving a quick overview on the information we need to process your enquiry as quickly

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How Metal Finishing Reduces Manufacturing Costs

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The engineering world is fast paced and competitive with every company looking at ways they can reduce costs whilst still providing high quality goods. One such option is Metal Finishing which encapsulates Plating, Coating, Painting and generally covering a component in another substance.

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Graduate Chemist Vacancy

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Silchrome Plating are pleased to announce the further expansion of our team with a Graduate Vacancy for a Chemist.


Company Overview:


Silchrome Plating are a thriving metal finishing business in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Established for over 60 years with a strong reputation in the

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Corrosion Resistance of Hard Chrome

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Hard Chrome Plating is a metal finishing process most often selected for high wear applications, although it is often described as having a ‘good’ resistance to corrosion, what factors would Hard Chrome protect against and what are its weaknesses?


What Is Hard Chrome Plating?


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It is often confusing how one element can have several different plating methods, often sharing a similar name but intended for different purposes. That is certainly the case for Nickel which has a number of distinctly different processes. Nickel Plating is often specified to further enhance a

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Aluminium Finishing Options

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Aluminium is one of the most widely used materials for a wide number of commercial and industrial applications. This is because it is a lightweight material that can be readily melted, cast, formed and machined into whichever form is required and is 100% recyclable with no downgrading of its

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Gleitmo 603 in stock

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What Is Gleitmo 603?

Gletimo is a family of products produced by Fuchs which encapsulates lubricants, greases, pastes and dry film coatings. Gleitmo 603 is a dry film lubricant which has provides a transparent, touch proof and abrasion resistant layer. It is most often used for the coating

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You asked: What is ‘Throwing’ in Metal Finishing?

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If you have ever worked with or been quoted any sort of metal finishing process then you may have come across the term ‘throwing’ but what exactly does this term mean?

Throwing is short for throwing power. It is defined as the measure of a metal finishing solution’s ability to plate a

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3 Kinds of Copper Plating

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Electro-plated Copper provides excellent thermal and electrical conductivity and is most often used to create a smooth base layer for other metal finishing processes such as Nickel and Chrome. There are a number of different processes in which Copper can be electroplated and Silchrome offer

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Porosity of Nickel Plating

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We recently had a customer who was concerned about the porosity of an Electroplated Nickel finish for an application within the marine industry. So what is porosity, why is it undesirable and what is the best finish to combat against this?

Porosity is the measure of small voids/pours within

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You asked: Gold Finishes

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We recently were asked by a customer for what options were available for achieving a Gold finish on his components. In this particular case the end application was a single large item and the finish needed to be decorative rather than functional, here are a few options...



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3 New Vacancies!

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Silchrome Plating are currently looking to recruit: A Process Worker, Paint Sprayer and Lab Technician...descriptions below!

About Us: Silchrome Plating are a thriving metal finishing business in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Established for over 60 years with a strong reputation in the sector, we

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Chrome Plating Process

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One of Silchrome’s most popular metal finishing processes is Electroplated Chrome. This finish is most noticeable in our everyday lives in ‘Chrome’ Bumpers which are in fact electroplated steel, so what is Chrome, why is it so popular and what is involved in ‘Chroming’ a component?


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Blue, Gold and Trivalent Passivation.

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Zinc Plating is always accompanied by a passivation process and often this will have a colour associated with it. The difference between these colours and what exactly they are specifying can be a little confusing so here is a quick guide to some often misunderstood

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Barrel, Rack and Jigging Explained

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Silchrome Plating always endeavour to process our customer’s parts in the most cost effective manner that will achieve the desired specification. You may have heard about Barrel, Rack and Jigging when talking with us about finishing your parts, but what does those terms mean?

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Bright, Shiny and Reflective Finishes


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As a metal finisher, many of Silchrome’s customers want bright and reflective components. This could be because this particular component will be ‘on show’ and so an endurable, decorative finish is desirable for instance in the Chrome Plating of vintage car bumpers. In many cases a

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