Common Surface Treatment Used in Retail Displays: Metal Electroplating

When customizing retail display props, designers like to use metal elements to achieve a luxurious visual effect. Among them, gold is the most used color, and electroplating can make metals or even other materials attach a golden luster. Electroplating can be used for decoration, corrosion resistance, wear resistance, and improving paint adhesion.

It is a process that uses an electrolyte solution to reduce metal ions to metal deposited on the surface of a conductor. The principle is to use the electrochemical principle by applying a voltage to the electrode surface, which causes metal ions to be reduced to metal atoms on the electrode surface and deposited on the electrode surface.

Our electroplating services are perfect for creating high-end watch displays, store fixtures, and jewelry displays. With our electroplating process, we can add a touch of luxury to any window display.

The thickness of the metal electroplating on our retail displays is generally 0.03 microns, and the colors are also diverse. Gold alloy plating is used a lot, and the plating can be performed according to the customer’s requirements for gold color.

We add the surface of our products with a layer of metal to increase the decorative effect of the retail display. Common metal plating includes:

  1. Gold plating

Gold plating can enhance the decoration and has a very stable performance. It is generally used in jewelry and circuit board components.

Gold plating application in retail display

2. Silver plating

Silver plating can prevent corrosion, improve conductivity, enhance signal transmission, and is easy to polish. It is used for daily necessities and circuit board components.

3. Copper plating

Copper plating increases decoration, and wear resistance, and prevents metal corrosion. It is used as a pre-plating layer before plating other metals.

Electroplated copper applications in retail displays

4. Chromium plating

It not only has high decoration, and increases reflectivity, but also has excellent corrosion resistance.

Chromium plating

5. Alloy plating

Alloy plating can save costs to a large extent and is more environmentally friendly. It can be widely used in the hardware industry and can electroplate various colors.

Alloy plating store display

Electroplating is a process with many variables, meaning that all products must be taken out of the furnace to confirm whether there are any problems. This is one of the major reasons why retail displays containing metal parts may have delayed delivery. Products after electroplating may have problems such as sand spots, uneven color, peeling of the coating, and color inconsistency with the sample. Products that cannot be hooked on a specific location often need to be welded with a small hole and then polished off. This process will leave a welding scar on the metal, so it is important to find an experienced electroplating factory to avoid these problems.

Other materials, such as glass, plastic, and ceramics, undergo pre-treatment on their surfaces to form a metal layer suitable for electroplating. The electroplating process will produce toxic wastewater, so choosing a manufacturer with environmental protection qualifications can help protect the environment.

We specialize in the production and supply of retail displays and are familiar with the production process of a range of materials. In the coming time, we will provide you with a series of notes on the production process of different materials, so that you know how your product will be manufactured as well as help you avoid the pitfalls in the process of developing products (some products are designed, but the production process does not make them). You can subscribe to us for more information.

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