All those interested in learning in detail how the plating processes of applying precious metals to plastic can pull detailed online information composed by a number of precious metals and plating experts. For the time being, here is a summarized version on what you can expect to learn from these guides. Because a vast number of precious metals are being processed onto plastic and other materials, only a few examples can be highlighted here.
The process of laser gold plating on plastic is advanced in its intricacy with the successful outcome being that all surfaces can be physically cleaned without any resultant damage to the metal. An electrochemical process of depositing gold to another surface is involved.
Gold coating in general ranges from a matte to bright finish. The result at the end of plating processes allows these metals to resist corrosion. Gold on its own is able to reflect infrared light after an electroplating process has been completed successfully.
But the process application of nickel to other surfaces is described as being ‘electroless’. Two applications are in force here to achieve optimal performance and resistance to corrosion.
Laser black plating, on the other hand, entails an inorganic process. Laser black is a layman’s term for a ‘velvet-like’ metallic oxide. The process’s successful outcome allows the oxide to withstand temperatures higher than one hundred degrees centigrade.
The plating of rhodium is also conducted. Rhodium is a rare chemical element that is derived from platinum ores. It is also one of the most expensive precious metals world-wide. These rare metals are utilized in alloys and acts as catalysts in tandem with platinum. Cadmium, copper, cobalt and a whole host of other precious metals and their coating processes have yet to be mentioned, the tip of the iceberg having been met.