Electrolytic simply means an electroplated process versus an electroless plating process. In the electrolytic nickel plating process, nickel is applied to a substrate using electrodeposition. Engineers use this process because sulfamate nickel solutions produce a 99.9% pure nickel deposit onto the metal surface. The nickel surface coating provides lubricity, corrosion resistance, durability, and strength. It is also minimally stressed, perfect for parts that will be bent or flexed.
Electrolytic Nickel is primarily used as a barrier coating under hard chrome to create the ultimate wear and corrosion resistant coating.
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The electrolytic nickel plating process starts with parts being submerged into a sulfamate nickel solution. Once the parts are in this solution, a direct current is sent through, reducing the nickel ions to nickel metal at the surface of the part. The thickness of the nickel layer is dependent on the amount of time the part is plated for and the electrical current density used.
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