Carbon steel is an extremely common type of steel. It is also the most susceptible to damage and corrosion, making carbon steel a great candidate for electroplating. Carbon steel is very susceptible to rust and corrosion if left untreated. Bare carbon steel is often coated in oil to prevent corrosion. If the oil is removed, in a short amount of time the metal will rust.
Carbon steel needs to be coated in a protective finish. Plating is the best option for corrosion resistance as well as durability and conductivity in electrical applications. The raw steel is chemically cleaned to remove any contaminants as well as any existing rust. After cleaning the steel, it is prepped and activated/primed to receive a finish of the customers request. The most common finish on steel is nickel, but ProPlate® has the ability to also add multiple layers of precious metals. Gold, rhodium, palladium, platinum, and silver are all options for our customers for specific applications including conductivity applications, cosmetic applications, corrosion resistance, and durability. https://proplate.com/request-a-quote/
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ProPlate® recognizes that not all projects specify standard MIL or ASTM specifications. We apply a creative custom approach to electroplating combined with our in-house tool fabricating capabilities, to meet the challenges of selective plating requirements, complex part geometries, and tight plating tolerances. Our engineers plating processes, supporting tools, and chemistry to be flexible for each customer’s unique requirements on a wide variety of small and large critical components. Contact us for further information.