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What Kind of Plating Do You Need?

When you need objects electroplated, it is best to determine which plating type best meets the requirements of your part. Electroplating companies offer a wide variety of plating types, but the procedure is similar for each.

When to Use Zinc Iron Plating

DeKalb Metal Finishing offers a wide range of different types of zinc plating. Included in our product lineup is zinc iron plating. We also offer the option to follow up the plating with trivalent passivates to give the component the required final look.

Electroplating Companies Improve Metals for Service

Electroplating companies have been servicing and supporting other industries for almost a century. A large number of products that serve as components in kitchens, bathrooms, toys and those utilized in the automotive industry are developed using this chemical process. At DeKalb Metal Finishing we have spent over 70 years developing products that require a protective and/or conductive covering.

The Process of Rack Plating

For more than 70 years, DeKalb Metal Finishing has been providing quality electroplating and metal finishing services with a primary focus on the automotive industry. Our processes are reliable and proven. We’re a customer friendly business that works hard to produce high quality products that will keep our customers in business for years to come.Read more...

The Advantages of Zinc Nickel Alloy Plating

Looking for the right plating finish to keep your parts working longer? There are several advantages to using zinc nickel alloy plating. Here at DeKalb Metal Finishing we’ve discovered a proven and reliable process for plating and we’d like to share it with you. Read more...

Get High-Quality Electroplating Services from Experts in the Industry

When you need electroplating services, you want to make sure you are working with a company that has years of experience in the industry. You also want to make sure that they can plate products for you in your specified manner. Be sure to select a plating company that uses RoHS compliant electroplating, including environmentally friendly passivates and sealers. Read more...

The Process of Zinc Nickel Electroplating

At DeKalb Metal Finishing we provide zinc nickel electroplating for customers in the automotive industry as well as other industries requiring parts that are corrosion resistant. Zinc nickel is superior in corrosion resistance to zinc and zinc iron electroplating, and it is also much safer to use than cadmium coating or other toxic and potentially carcinogenic finishing options of the past. Read more...

What Makes a Good Plating Company?

When you need parts plated for your business, there are several things to consider before choosing the best plating company for you. Not all plating services are the same, but how can you tell the good from the bad ones apart? Here’s a small list of important things to look for, and several reasons why DeKalb Metal Finishing may be your best choice. Read more...

Why Choose Zinc-Nickel Plating?

Many industries today are taking advantage of zinc-nickel plating for its superior corrosion resistance. In fact, it is an especially important component of the marine and automotive industries where rust and corrosion are constant concerns. Here are some of the benefits of choosing zinc-nickel. Read more...

Why Zinc Nickel Alloy Plating is Replacing Cadmium

For a long time, cadmium plating saw a great deal of use, especially in marine and automotive applications. It provided excellent resistance to corrosion and lubricating properties. However, there are some definite drawbacks to using this heavy metal. For one, it has created a great deal of environmental concerns. Many companies have been seeking alternatives to cadmium (like zinc nickel alloy plating) for some time. Read more...

Zinc: A Versatile Material Rooted in History

Corrosion Resistance
For centuries, industries have exploited the incredible corrosion resistance that zinc and zinc plating provide, especially when applied to iron or steel. It is well known that iron and steel are very strong materials with many uses, but once exposed to the elements, these metals easily rust, corrode and Read more...

The Popularity of Zinc Nickel Alloy Plating

When it comes to plating, an increasingly popular choice is zinc nickel alloy plating. It has become a favorite for those who want to retain high corrosion resistance, improve substrate functionality, reduce the risk of galvanic corrosion, and improve rubber to metal bondability. Prior to using this alloy, the use of cadmium was most often employed. Cadmium has since lost popularity as it involves the use of highly toxic substances such as cyanide. Read more...

Zinc-Iron Plating: Process And Advantages

Zinc is a shiny metal capable of being alloyed with various other metals. One of these is iron. Zinc-iron resembles zinc in color and other characteristics and both are popular plating metals. Yet, although we perform both types of plating at DeKalb Metal Finishing, some clients actually prefer, zinc-iron plating. Read more...

Electroplating Companies: A Proud History

The process of Plating has been around for many years. While electroplating companies ascended out technological advances made during the English Industrial Revolution, the actual act of plating emerged prior to that time. These early ventures and inventions provided the means through which today’s companies are able to provide clients with the ability to improve the quality and capability of their components. Today, DeKalb Metal Finishing is proud of the role it continues to play in advancing the industry. Read more...

Zinc Nickel Alloy Plating: Using Trivalent Passivation

Zinc alloy plating's mainstream popularity originated in the 1980s. Before then, zinc alloy plating, with the exception of zinc-brass plating, was not heavily used in the industry. Thanks to further refinement and improved production techniques, a variety of zinc alloy plating processes have become commercially acceptable since then. Among them is zinc nickel plating (Zn/Ni alloy plating). Read more...

Protect Your Metal by using a Professional Plating Company

Electroplating is a process whereby a metal object is coated with another metal in a thin layer using electrolysis. This type of coating is typically 5um to 12um thick, gives a metal object an improved appearance and protects it from rust, corrosion, and wear. Read more...

Understanding Clear Zinc Plating

When you're researching zinc electroplating, you will eventually encounter the concept of clear zinc plating. There is some confusion about what that term actually means, however. Read more...

The Progress Of Zinc Plating

Plating involves providing a specific surface cover or coating to a metal. This assists in preserving the surface of the metal and preventing environmental damage from corrosion. Read more...