We pride ourselves on our fast processing and shipping times, and we ship standard orders within 2-4 business days of receiving your order. Plating will add 7-10 business days to that lead time, so be sure to plan accordingly when choosing when to place your order.
To get your parts as quickly as possible, we strongly recommend splitting any parts that require plating into their own separate order. This allows us to process and ship the non-plated parts while we are plating your other parts.
Plating provides long-term protection against corrosion and wear, so we choose metals to plate your parts that are known for their rust and corrosion resistance.
Zinc is highly rust resistant and known to slow the corrosion rate of some materials by up to 30 years. It increases the life expectancy of the metal it coats thanks to its resistance to extreme temperatures.
At this time, we offer chloride rack zinc electroplating in three different finishes:
Nickel plating has a wide range of applications and provides excellent wear and corrosion resistance. When applied to copper, the material maintains conductivity and benefits from an increased operating temperature range.
Whether you use nickel plating for a clean final look or as an undercoating for further finishing, it can protect your parts while helping them achieve an aesthetic appearance.
We offer bright electrolytic nickel plating in the following finish:
Plating can be applied to almost any substrate metals, though some are better suited for the finishing process than others.
We currently offer Chromoly and all our Mild Steel options for zinc plating.
We currently offer Copper and all our Mild Steel options for nickel plating.
All plated parts must be at least 1″ x 3″ for processing. The shortest dimension should be no smaller than 1″, and the whole square area of the part should be no less than 3 inches².
Plated parts can be a maximum of 23” x 23”.
Additionally, your part must include a hole that can be used to hang your part while it’s being plated. This hole must be at least 0.063” (1.6mm), or whatever the minimum hole size is for your chosen material and thickness.
For example, if your part is 0.250” (6.35mm) thick chromoly, the hole you include for plating must be at least 0.100” (2.54mm) as that is the minimum hole size allowed for 0.250” chromoly.
You can find the minimum hole size under the Design Considerations section on each material page.
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|Thread Size||4-40 x .250″|
|Hole size in sheet (+0.003/-.0.000)||.168″|
|Minimum sheet thickness||0.040″|
|Maximum sheet thickness||.125″|
|Minimum distance hole C/L to edge||0.230″|
|When determining the distance between two or more fasteners, you can calculate the distance by the formula, C/L to edge + 1/2 the diameter of the second mounting hole.||.314″|
|Recommended panel material||Steel/Aluminum|
|Aluminum material ranges (5052, 6061, 7075)||0.040″-0.125″|
|Steel material ranges (CRS, HRPO, HR)||0.048″-0.119″|