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Electrolytic Nickel

Electrolytic Nickel Plating

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.

Features & Benefits of Electrolytic Nickel Plating

  • Heat resistant up to 1000°C (1832°F)
  • Excellent corrosion protection
  • Enhanced sliding wear resistance
  • High Ductility
  • Superior bond strength to base metal

Electrolytic Nickel is primarily used as a barrier coating under hard chrome to create the ultimate wear and corrosion resistant coating.

electrolytic nickel plating on parts

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What applications use electrolytic nickel?

US Chrome plates a variety of applications within the medical, military and semiconductor industries, where parts require corrosion protection, high heat mitigation, and wear resistance.

How is electrolytic nickel plated onto parts?

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.

Where does U.S. Chrome Offer Electrolytic Nickel?

U.S. Chrome offers electrolytic nickel at our Illinois location. Each facility is strategically located for fast and efficient delivery to anywhere in America and across the globe.

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We’re confident US Chrome will be your best option for your electrolytic nickel plating applications because of our engineering approach, exceptional customer service, and regional locations. Contact us now with your questions or coating challenges.
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