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Electroplating - from the rim to the washer!

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Recently updated on January 30, 2020 at 06:22 am

Electroplating - from the rim to the washer!

Automotive components can be made more durable and even more visually appealing using various techniques. In general, the processes are called Refining designated. One particular technique that is considered surface finishing and is also used in auto tuning is galvanization. Exactly what electroplating is and what it is used for in auto tuning is explained below.

Electroplating - what is it?

Electroplating - from the rim to the washer!

Electroplating describes a technical process in which objects are coated with metallic deposits. The coating is possible by electrochemical deposition. Precious metals or base metals can be used in the electroplating. In addition to the galvanization of metals, plastics and non-conductors can also be coated. Precious metals that are used for electroplating are, for example, silver, brass, Copper, Gold or Chromium, If non-conductive automotive parts are galvanized, they must first be made electrically conductive. Graphite is usually used for this. There are various methods for electroplating plastics. The Futuron process is common, for example. This process involves direct metallization.

What is galvanization for?

Electroplating - from the rim to the washer!

For example, rims and screws for the automotive sector are electroplated. Other automotive parts that are used, for example, for classic car restoration are also galvanized. Electroplating is carried out to protect the objects from corrosion and wear. The finishing is also used to reduce friction, for example in plain bearings. Another reason for the galvanization of automotive parts is the decorative look. Surfaces can be visually upgraded significantly through the refinement.

Galvanization for classic car components

The galvanization is used for example for classic car components. Certain specialist workshops that specialize in the restoration of classic cars use the galvanization method. The refinement of various components makes the classic car an eye-catcher. Anyone who commissions a workshop to restore their classic car should definitely use an experienced specialist workshop. The specialist workshops usually have expertise to offer and show on the homepage already completed projects on which they have worked. The refinement by electroplating has to be optimal so that the classic car or the vehicle component lasts long and looks good in the long term. If individual components are galvanized, the raw part must be well prepared for the process. Nothing is worse than if after a short time the treated and refined components begin to dissolve and, for example, the applied chrome layer crumbles off.

Preparation for finishing

Electroplating - from the rim to the washer!

Electroplating is carried out on grease, paint and paint-free components. The surfaces of the components are optimally and optimally freed of dirt so that the applied material adheres optimally. If present, old metal layers must be removed. Rust as well as dents and corrosion scars must also be removed or repaired. If a motor vehicle part consists of several components, then it must be broken down into its individual components. Not all metals can be processed together. In addition to the actual electroplating process, further finishing processes can then be carried out. This is advantageous, for example, if a component is to have a particularly shiny finish or if it should have other optical advantages. If you want to have automotive components refined, you should ask a specialist workshop specializing in this process. Appropriate specialist workshops can be found on the Internet. Regardless of whether gilding the rims, galvanizing and refining the emblem of the car or bringing elements in the interior to a high gloss. Everything is possible!

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  1. Thank you for this post on electroplating. It is good to know that this technology is often used on old-timer parts. I am considering buying a classic car and therefore find out how best to protect the car parts. I also found further information here:

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