Examples of parts commonly treated with decorative coatings include tapware, door furniture and automotive trim.
Our plating staff work in close liaison with our manufacturing customers regarding higher volume production work and with the staff of the Restoration division to complete the restoration process.
Regardless of the articles being processed they are all given the care and attention to detail that can only be given in a hand operated plating line. Our decorative plating services extend to the ability to finish both metal & plastic (ABS) parts to high quality standards.
Some of the current decorative finishes available are:
Copper including antique finishes Satin or "Velvet" (matt/non-reflective) in any of the above finishes Electroplating on ABS plastic in any of the above finishes
PLATING ON PLASTICS
Unlike metal objects, plastics can't be plated directly onto their surface as they are non-conductive and hence require a series of chemical processes to create a surface that can be plated.
The other issue is adhesion of the plating to the surface of the plastic as there is no natural bond that forms between the two surfaces like that of plated metals.
This is why ABS is a commonly used plastic for plating as it can be treated relatively simply to create a micro-porous surface that the plating can form into and give a "keying effect" that holds the metal onto the surface.
Although there are many plastics that can be coated, there are few that can be plated successfully on a commercial basis as this "keying" can't be easily achieved on these plastics.
For restoration customers, as a rule, if the parts have previously been plated they can ususally be sucessfully replated but if they had previously been vacuum metallized and the type of plastic is unknown then the results may not be suitable.
A Class Metal Finishers | Plating & Metal Polishing
Top Quality Plating and Polishing for Manufacturers and Restorers Who Expect the Best.
SOME of our services for Manufacturers, Innovators and Engineers include: Chrome plating, Gold Plating, Nickel Plating, Satin Finishes, Electroless Nickel Plating, Tin & Copper Plating, Plating on Plastics, Silver Plating, Barrel Plating, Rack Plating, Painting and Lacquering, Cleaning and Pickling.
SOME of our services for Restorers and the Public include Restoration or Refurbishment of: Car and Motorcycle Chrome, Wheels, Bumpers and Trim, Silverware and goldware, Tapware and hardware, Jewellery, Musical instruments, Church Altar ware, Boat and Marine parts, Trophies, medals and regalia, Saddlery fittings, Brassware, Trinkets and more. Special services include chrome plating or re-chrome of plastic parts and zinc die cast parts as well as colour metallic spray finishes.
One of the largest and most diverse surface coating and finishing ‘job shops’ in Australia, A-Class Metal Finishers (A-Class), supports manufacturers and engineering shops across the country with their needs for high quality surface finishing for a range of products and items.
A Class Metal Finishers has capabilities in surface treatments and coatings for many substrate types e.g. steel, alloys, aluminium, brass, stainless, ABS plastics and more. Finishes can include ‘functional’ coatings to provide corrosion resistance, hardness, improved conductivity or surface performance (e.g. tin, electroless nickel, high purity silver & gold plating, chemical cleaning, de-burring, passivation, etc). Decorative coatings / platings are also available (e.g. chrome, gold, nickel, silver, satin finishes, etc). Treatments are provided for many product types including tapware, antennas, tools & dies, hardware, lighting, electrical & electronics, wheels, and many other items. Extensive surface preparation and polishing services also support the high quality outcomes achieved.