At A Class we currently offer two alternatives. Each is 22ct equivalent 'hard' gold. One is coloured to provide for matching to brass fittings and is known as "antique" gold. The other is a richer, more traditional yellow coloured gold.
Gold plating is applied in very fine thicknesses usually of less than 1 micron. Gold is a 'soft' metal in its natural form. A Class uses gold processes which result in harder surfaces and therefore longer wear than usual. Even harder wearing results can be achieved with the addition of clear E-coat or lacquer over the plated finish.
Benefits of Decorative Gold Plating: Gold plating offers the advantages of appearance and colour without a 'solid gold' price. For those who are not sure - yes - the resulting surface coating is real gold.
Colour & Aesthetics: A Class offers two alternative 'colours' as discussed above. Gold is of high appeal to certain markets where the customer requires a 'rich' or 'classy' finish.
Applications of Decorative Gold Plating: Examples - Tap-ware, Door Furniture, Jewellery, Architectural Fittings, Trims, Furniture, Light Fittings, and many other items.
Substrates suited to this coating: Can be applied over most metal substrates, and over pre-treated 'ABS' plastic.
Design Cautions: As this is an electrolytic process it is necessary to use jigging, racking or wiring to provide for electrical current conductivity. Some shapes and designs lend themselves more readily to successful plating than others or may need to be adapted. Please consult your plating adviser prior to finalising design if you intend using this finishing process in your product manufacture.
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.