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You asked: Is Rust Contagious?


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A customer recently had an issue where two components made of different materials had both rusted and asked us whether or not Rust was contagious. The short answer to this is No. Rust will not spread from one component to another and generally the reason that components that are close

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Electroless Nickel: Applications In Industry


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Electroless Nickel provides a uniform coating that will increase wear and corrosion resistance of Brass, Aluminium and Steel components. The versatility of the process and the ability to change the phosphorus content to suit your application makes Electroless Nickel a popular process

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Molybdenum Based Coatings


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Any application with a high temperature that requires lubrication might consider a Molybdenum based coating. Despite using the same base element there are a number of branded coatings that are all popular with different industries and have different applications. Here’s our guide.


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Silchrome approved by global oil giant


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Silchrome Plating Ltd, the successful Leeds based coatings company are proud to have been added onto the Approved Vendor List for International Oil & Gas provider, Schlumberger and its associated companies Cameron and One Subsea.

The Oil and Gas industries have been through turbulent

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Activation Agitation and Adhesion


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How do Silchrome ensure a consistent and high quality finish for your components? Here we explain some terms you may/may not be familiar with and explain why they are crucial parts of our process.


One of the most important steps in any plating or coating process is in the

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Corrosion Resistance of Silver Plating

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Silver is used for its fantastic combination of Electrical and Heat Conductivity alongside it’s Wear and Corrosion resistance. Silver as a material is considered a noble metal generally meaning that it is more resistant to oxidation and other forms of corrosion when compared to other plating

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Preventing Stress Corrosion Cracking with Plating

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What is Stress Corrosion Cracking?

Where metals are exposed to both tensile stress and a chemically corrosive environment, the growth of crack formations may occur and lead to the sudden failure of normally ductile metals. This may also occur in conjunction with Hydrogen Embrittlement.

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You Asked: How do Passivates protect Zinc Plating?


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Many different components are Zinc Plated in order to improve their part life and enhance their resistance to corrosion. The process, commonly referred to as just ‘Zinc Plating’ is actually short for ‘Zinc and Passivate’ so what exactly is Passivation and why is it needed?

Could You

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Electroless Nickel In Food Processing

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Electroless Nickel Plating is a very versatile process that can increase the corrosion resistance of a variety of components. These are the advantages of using it in food processing applications. 

Material Replacement

The most common material found in any Food Processing Equipment is

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Restoring Scratched Parts with Plating

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Silchrome are often asked about how electroplating can help ‘breathe new life’ into items which might have succumbed to scratches, pitting and other forms of damage.


Many people wrongly assume that plating/coating an item will fill in cracks in the same vein that you might fill

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You Asked: Trivalent Passivation vs Iridite NCP

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In order to comply with environmental standards, Silchrome Plating now offer Electroplated Zinc using Trivalent Passivation. We have had positive feedback about this process and a few of our customers have asked if Trivalent Passivation can be used on its own and how it would differ from

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Office Administrator Vacancy - Maternity Cover 12 months

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Silchrome are looking for an experienced Office Administrator to cover a member of staff who is leaving on Maternity leave for 12 months. The position is based in Upper Wortley, Leeds, LS12 4JW.

About us:

Silchrome provide one of the widest arrays of metal finishing processes in the UK.

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You asked: Differences between Electroplated and Electroless Nickel?

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Although they both coat the same material, the two different processes will perform differently, have different attributes and different applications.

Nickel Plating provides a low cost, smooth and ductile coating that can be used in variety of applications. It provides a good level of

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You asked: Can You Refurbish Anodising?

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Any component that is subject to wear and tear may encounter damage, as such it be may be desirable to repair and restore a part by replicating the original process, but is it possible to re-anodise a part?

What is Anodising?

Anodising is a process by which the naturally occurring thin

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You Asked: Can We Chrome Plate Stainless Steel?

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The short answer is yes. Most common grades of Stainless Steel can be reliably Chrome Plated, this may however not be the most appropriate process depending on your application.

For A Bright, Shiny Finish

For decorative applications, it may be simpler to instead Electro-polish the item

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You Asked: Which Process for a Matte Black Finish?

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Options for a Black Matte Finish

Metal finishing process often have two core aims, the first being to extend part life through enhanced protection and the second to be aesthetically pleasing. Even where a part may not need to be used in a ‘decorative’ application it can be useful to

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Different Xylan Products


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Popular Xylan products


Xylan is a brand name for a group of Fluropolymer coatings which typically blend high performance resins with a fluoropolmer lubricant such as PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene). Xylan coatings are smooth and slick in nature providing a uniform finish in a range

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Tackling Corrosion Offshore

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Corrosion costs the Oil and Gas Industry billions each and every year and any component which operates in an offshore environment must withstand several different sources of deterioration. These include the salt water environment, numerous sources of wear as well as potential chemical and gases

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Zinc: Trivalent vs Hexavalent


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Zinc Plating is a very popular process for the protection of a wide range of components. It’s a sacrificial coating that offers excellent corrosion resistance at a cost effective price. Zinc Plating is also known as galvanising and can be passivated in a number of colours. The way in

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Electroless Nickel in Chemical Processing

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A key consideration for the Chemical Processing Industry is finding a way to extend equipment life without affecting the purity of the product. Electroless Nickel is a conversion coating that is able to form a protective barrier for a range of parts. One of the great advantages of the process

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