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Nickel Plating

Nickel remains a popular electroplating finish because of its combination of corrosion ...

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Zinc Plating

The Zinc electroplating process involves formation of an electrolytic cell consisting of ...

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Anodising

Aluminium has many useful properties. It is light, has fair mechanical strength ...

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ABOUT US

Platerite started in August 2008, after it took over a long standing company from 1998 originally known as Inotec.

Platerite prides itself with the fact that we still have most of the original employees form 1998 resulting in an abun-dance of knowledge and expertise available to the Metal Finishing Industry.

Lizette Eksteen, the owner of Platerite and an executive member of the South African Metal Finishing Association (SAMFA) has made it Platerite’s mission to give the best quality service at an exceptional turnaround time without compromising quality.

Most of Platerite’s employee’s training has been done through SAMFA giving them the knowledge and expertise to deliver an exceptional product every time. It has also given the employees the ability to not just do the job but to give our clients sound advice too. We are an exceptional team and are very proud of it.

FAQ

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PLATING

The word electroplating describes “The deposition of a metal onto a substrate by means of chemicals and electrical current”. Galvanizing describes coating with zinc and this can mean either the Hot Dip or the Electro method. Electro galvanizing describes electroplating specifically with zinc.
There are many types of electroplating and other surface treatments ranging from common to exotic.
It helps a plater enormously when a client is properly informed and requests a specific finish, preferably referring to a recognized specification. It is odd that, even now, platers get requests for gold or silver plating when the client actually means zinc with either yellow or bright/blue passivation.

Try and use the best material that you can afford. It is poor engineering practice to buy inferior material and attempt to ‘fix’ it with plating. The same rule applies to manufacture and fabrication – a good plating job will not fix a poor welding job! Material and manufacturing faults cannot be corrected by plating! In fact the plating operation often exposes defects such as very bad welding and heavily scratched material. Remember the shinier and smoother a part becomes the more noticeable defects become. It is quite simple from a platers perspective - good material = good plating and bad material = bad plating.

Plating, galvanizing, zincing, dipping and nickelling are all loose terms often used to describe one or more types of electroplating. The word "electroplating " is a broad generic term describing - “The deposition of a metal onto a substrate by means of chemicals and electrical current”. Galvanizing describes coating with zinc and this can mean either the "Hot Dip" or the" Electro" method. Electro galvanizing describes electroplating specifically with zinc. Likewise, there are a multitude of other surface treatments in everyday use that are not electroplating, but are often grouped into the same family. Wherever possible, try to agree with your plater on a applicable specification or standard; this will protect both parties in the event of a dispute. There are many types of electroplating and other surface treatments ranging from common to exotic. It helps a plater enormously when a client is properly informed and requests a specific finish, preferably referring to a recognized specification. It is odd that, even now, platers get requests for gold or silver plating when the client actually means zinc with either yellow or bright/blue passivation.

Yes, platers can remove all but the heaviest encrusted rust easily with mineral acids, but the damage to the underlying material will be visible afterwards and this can only be corrected by mechanical means such as grinding and buffing.

CONTACT

For any kind of query, contact us with the details below.

  • 021 592 7523
  • info@platrite.co.za
  • Unit 18, Malleon Park, Christian Ave, Epping 2

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