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When Cutting Corners Means Cutting Quality

Apr 25, 2019

The thickness of the zinc coating on your parts affects not only the amount of zinc used, but the amount of amperage (i.e., power) and the amount of time used to plate those parts. Since zinc, power and time all cost money, it stands to reason that you’ll pay more for a thicker coating than a thinner coating.

While you might be tempted to pressure your zinc plater into accelerating the plating process in an attempt to lower the cost, this would be a mistake. Why? Because it can cause burning and flaking of the zinc plating that gives you an unacceptable appearance as well as a higher risk of corrosion.

If you’ve ever had any parts come back from your plater looking like the area in the red oval, the cause is probably an unfortunate attempt to cram too much amperage into too little time.

We know how important plating quality and turnaround time are to you, which is why we’re always eager to share any tips that can help us avoid unnecessary problems that can get in the way of your goals.