Metal finishing is the process of changing the surface of an object, for the purpose of improving its appearance and/or durability. It is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of different categories, techniques and processes.
The Metal Finishing field can be quite overwhelming forRead more
Many of us may be familiar with the term ‘pickling’ as a way of preserving food. So how can metals be Pickled and what is the purpose and advantages of this process?
What Is Pickling?
Pickling is a cleaning process that removes impurities from ferrous metals. Ferrous Metals includeRead more
Restoring Chromed items is one of the most common jobs we are asked about here at Silchrome, we often receive enquiries from car enthusiasts looking to restore their pride and joy. Few people understand however that what we simply refer to as ‘Chrome Plating’ actually involves a number ofRead more
One of the most common enquiries we receive at Silchrome is that of repairing worn/damaged chromed items which can include anything from car bumpers through to bathroom fittings. Here is an overview on what issues re-plating can solve and potential costs.
What Issues Can Re-PlatingRead more
Here at Silchrome we are often asked the impact that a metal finishing process will have on the dimensional tolerance of a component. Here is a broad overview we hope will answer many of your questions.
Most metal finishing processes such as electro-plating or paint andRead more
We sometimes get enquiries asking if it’s possible to anodise Carbon and Mild Steels. Most often this is being done for decorative rather protective reasons, with customers looking for a uniform and flake free coating. The short answer is that no, Silchrome cannot offer anodising on steelsRead more
Zinc Plating is always accompanied by a Passivation process which will often 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 terms.
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Silchrome Plating are proud to be expanding our thriving metal finishing business through the addition of 2 new process workers, at our facility in leeds, West Yorkshire. Morer details below:
Job Title: Process Worker
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Silchrome Plating Ltd, Barras GarthRead more
When it comes to producing an aesthetically pleasing matte black finish, the range of options can be quite confusing. Two of the most popular of these processes are Chemical Blacking and Xylan coating, but which process sis better for which situation?
What is Chemical Blacking?
Tin Whiskers are electrically conductive, hair like structures that can grow on surfaces that have been electroplated with pure Tin. This causes failures within electronic components and represents a challenge for manufacturers looking to eliminate lead from production whilst keeping failureRead more
Silchrome Plating are proud to be one of Macdermid’s licensed vendors to carry out Zinc Plating with JS500, here are more details on the advantages of this process.
What is JS500?
JS500 is a water based sealant that can be used as a finishing process in conjunction with ZincRead more
Silchrome Plating offer a wide array of metal finishing processes, many containing their own subcategories and finishing options. Here is an overview:
The electro-plating process involves taking your component and placing it into a vat/tank containing an electrolyticRead more
Tin Plating To Replace Lead
The Manufacturing industry at large have been looking at the best ways to produce components that are not only fit for purpose but will have as little environmental impact on the earth as possible. RoHS or the Reduction of Hazardous Substances is a directive thatRead more
Chemical Blacking is a popular options for customers looking for a matte black finish that will enhance corrosion resistance without causing dimensional changes. Silchrome Plating offer 3 varieties of chemical blacking for different materials.
Also Known As…
Chemical Blacking is a processRead more
Here are some commonly asked questions about plating thickness.
Plating thickness is measured in Micrometres which are commonly referred to as Microns. The symbol for Microns is μm, but it is not unusual for this to be written as um. A micron is one thousandth of a millimetre orRead more
Extending a component’s life span is crucial in any industry, but selecting a metal finishing process is often like opening a can of worms. Not only are there a wide variety of processes to choose from but many have their own sub-categories (3 types of Electroless Nickel for example) not toRead more
Phosphating is a conversion coating applied to Steel and Iron components. In its basic form, the process involves immersing a component in a dilute solution, which converts the surface of the metal into a layer of microscopic Phosphate Crystals. The crystalline nature of this coatingRead more
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 anyRead more
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. IronRead more
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 theRead more