Plating Processes

R.Wilson & Co (Platers) Ltd, with the trade name Zachrome, is a leading UK-based electroplater company that offer services in a wide range of specialist plating processes. We specialise in Bronze Plating, Hard Chrome Plating, and Hard Chrome Plating on Bronze.

Zachrome are masters in the field with over 60 years experience doing what we do best - giving customers quality service and a range of solutions to their problems.

A Synopsis of How the Various Plating Processes are Done.

Bronze Plating

Industrial Bronze Plating can be used on its own or in combination with hard chrome plating to produce extreme corrosion resistance in a number of Industrial Applications. Other uses of the metal finish include the possibility of building up the thickness of a metal to an excess of 1mm, and for sealing the Substrate before we apply Hard Chroming. Our Bronze Plating application has an Extreme Corrosion Resistance of up to 2000 Hours. The finish is rated 9 with Salt Spray testing.

Bronze Plating is applied to:

  • Hydraulics
  • Marine Applications
  • Mining (Anti-Spark & Corrosion)
  • Metals that need Corrosion Protection

Hard Chrome Plating

Hard Chrome Plating is a process that is used extensively in the Hydraulics Industry. Also known as Industrial Chrome, this type of finish can be applied to most ferrous metals and some non-ferrous metals such as copper and brass. It can also be applied to all types of stainless steel alloys. Hard Chrome is applied to metals as a means of improving resistance to wear and abrasion, preventing seizing and galling, restoring the dimensions of undersized parts and reducing friction.

A Hard Chrome finish improves the performance of objects such as:

  • Hydraulic pistons
  • Motor shafts
  • Print/Paper rollers
  • Brake discs

Hard Chrome Plating on Bronze

Our Hard Chrome Plating on Bronze is an all-in-one process that brings you the advantages of both applications combined. It is the ideal solution for corrosion problems. Metals that receive this finish are protected against extreme wear and corrosion, as they become strong and highly resistant. This is true even when done for the most demanding applications such as underground mining, dockside and seawater environments and top-end hydraulics. This finish is rated 9 with a Salt Spray Test to BS7479 given after 2000 hours.

Electroless Nickel Plating Services

This process requires no electricity and can be applied over metals such as brass, copper, aluminium, mild steel, hardened steel and stainless steel. It gives a uniform coating on surfaces that are complex and irregular.

We take our customers from the designing through to the finishing process. They have a first-hand view of how we can solve their plating problems. Call us today and have the experts deal with all your plating needs.