Metal finishing treats the exterior of a metal product by applying a thin complementary layer to its surface. Each metal finishing process is used for a different purpose. From electroplating to decorative chrome, metal finishing can be useful for a number of industries and applications.
Regardless of the applications, advantages of metal finishing treatments include:
◆ Greater corrosion resistance
◆ Greater surface thickness
◆ Greater strength and durability
◆ Greater electrical conductivity
◆ Increased wear, tarnish, chemical, and electrical resistance
◆ Improved decorative appeal
◆ Increased solderability
◆ Increased surface hardness
◆ Increased potential for vulcanization (the process of converting rubber or polymer to more durable materials)
◆ Improved adhesion
◆ Increased torque tolerance
What Are the Most Popular Metal Finishing Options?
The major metal finishing methods, all offered at Bend Plating, include:
◆ Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Coatings
◆ Manual and Robotic Metal Polishing
◆ Grinding and Contouring of Welds
◆ Weld Repair
◆ Decorative Copper
◆ 24-karat Gold Plating, and Low TemperatureArc Vapor Deposition (LTAVD)
How to Choosing a Metal Finishing Process?
A few questions to keep in mind:
When will I need my project completed? How quickly does the technique apply finish to the product?
◆ It’s important to remember that some metal finishing options take longer than others, meaning that factoring production speed into your options is crucial.
How much money am I willing to spend on my project?
◆ Some finishing machines are more expensive than others, but they compensate by delivering faster results.
How hard is the metal I need finished?
◆ Hard metals used for machine tools (metallic carbides made from finely divided tantalum, titanium, tungsten, or vanadium mixed with carbon and molten cobalt or nickel) often require more intense finishing techniques or tougher abrasives than those used for soft metals (lead, gold, silver, tin, zinc, aluminum, thorium, copper, brass or bronze).