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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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Advantages of Black Oxide Coating


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Black Oxide Coating, also known as Chemical Blacking is a conversion coating in which a protective barrier is achieved through a chemical reaction between the ferrous metal and the oxidising salts used in the bath. It’s often used on small and intricate moving components in applications

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Silchrome Awarded ISO 2015


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Silchrome Plating are proud to announce that we have been granted ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certifications. These certifications are a globally recognised Quality Assurance Standard and is a reflection on the processes and procedures Silchrome have in place which enable us to

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Bolts, Screws and Fasteners: What Finish?


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We are all familiar with these small but vital components that literally hold together much of the vehicles, structures and devices that we use every day. Bolts, Screws and Fasteners have a wide variety of applications but often come into contact with dissimilar metals in harsh

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A Brief History of Electro-Plating


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Silchrome Plating has been providing metal finishing services for over 60 years and we wanted to look over the history and changes to the metal finishing industry.





The invention of electro-plating can be attributed to Italian Chemist Luigi V. Brugnatello

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What Information Do We Need to Quote Your Job?

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In order to provide our customers with the most accurate quotation it is vital to give us as much information as possible, these are many different factors that can affect both the turnaround and cost of your jobs so having accurate information is essential.

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Can We Chemically Black Duplex?


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A few weeks ago a customer came to us with a number of screws that they wanted to be Chemically Blacked. They were not 100% sure on the grade of material, assuming it was Stainless Steel yet after trying both of our Chemical Blacking processes (for mild and stainless steels) neither would

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Free Electroless Nickel Guide


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Silchrome have a comprehensive guide to Electroless Nickel including it's attributes and applications.

ENP is a very versatile process that can add corrosion resistance to a variety of components, by changing the Phosphorus content you can better adapt the process to your appllication

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Types of Corrosion

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Corrosion is a broad phrase used to describe the attack and deterioration on metals. There are several different types of Corrosion.Here is a broad overview...


General Corrosion


General or Uniform Corrosion is called such as it will proceed in a uniform manner onto an exposed

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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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