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NICKEL

Nickel is a hardy and corrosion resistant metal. It is silver-white, and is capable of providing a satin to bright luster to your products. Nickel is less ductile than most metals; their ductility decreases in proportion to how bright their finishes are.

Nickel is often recommended for leveling and smoothing, and for providing barrier-like characteristics. They provide resistance of base metals, to electrolytic metals such as cyanide copper or silver. It is not recommended when part flexure is required for your product.

The 3 most common Nickel Finishes are:
  • Bright Nickel: This finish gives a lustrous and attractive decorative look. Its corrosion resistance also offers the product more protection.
  • Semi-Bright Nickel: Less lustrous, but still bright in appearance, this finish offers excellent ductility.
  • Nickel Chloride: This finish is dull and used mostly in pre-treating stainless steel products.
Nickel is recommended for its:
  • Ability to protect against Corrosion and Tarnish
  • Hardiness and Wear-Resistance
  • Lubricity
  • Diffusion Barrier
  • Magnetic Properties
  • Decorative Appearance
Electroless Nickel is the most commonly used material for plating purposes. Especially in rural, industrial or marine environments, Electroless Nickel plating is used to protect base metals such as iron, copper and zinc against attack by their corrosive atmospheres. Nickel deposits in Electroless Nickel contain varying degrees of phosphorous/boron depending on the chemistry. This makes it unique and applicable over a wide range of applications.

The process of Electroless Nickel Plating is autocatalytic and offers high-plating thickness. This lack of density issues allows for very uniform plating regardless of the complex geometries of certain industrial parts.

Electroless Nickel is recommended for its:
  • Hardiness and Abrasion-resistance
  • Corrosion Resistance
  • Chemical Resistance
  • Lubricity
  • Solderability
  • Uniform plating qualities
  • Magnetic properties