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HARD/SOFT GOLD

Gold is a precious metal with a unique yellow glint. Due to its stable properties, it does not oxidize easily. This maintains its electrical conductivity, and keeps its performance over time.

When Gold is alloyed with Cobalt, it offers very high resistance against wear and tear.

Gold is most commonly used in electrical switch contacts, and pins and barrels for connectors. It is recommended for electronics hardware.

Electroless Nickel is commonly recommended as an underplate for Gold, as this underplate gives the Gold an attractive, bright finish.

We recommend Pure Gold (99.9%) for bonding purposes, although this cannot contain any brightening agents. Hard Gold (99%) is commonly co-deposited with cobalt in small amounts as this gives Gold greater resistance to wear, and allows it to be used as a contact surface.

During soldering, Gold is dissolved into the solder to allow for bonding between the solder, and the substrate. When soldering is components, we advise keeping the thickness of the Gold a minimum.

Gold is recommended for its:
  • Excellent Corrosion Resistance
  • Exceptional Electrical Conductivity
  • Ability to Conduct Heat
  • High Ductility
  • High Solderability
  • High Value and Decorative Qualities