Nickel Plating


Quality Nickel Electroplating in Chicago, IL

Nickel Sulfamate
Plating Specifications: AMS-QQ-N-290, ASTM B689, QQ-N-290, MIL-P-81728

What is nickel plating? It is typically used as an underplate for deposits such as, tin, tin/lead, gold, palladium or silver.  Nickel provides a diffusion barrier that prevents components of the base material from migrating into the subsequent layers of plating. Nickel also provides a hard surface that enhances the wear properties of the metal that are subsequently plated on top of the nickel in separable contact applications.  When used with a top coating of tin, tin/lead or precious metal, sulfamate nickel is an excellent choice for solderability applications. Sulfamate nickel can provide good ductility in applications that require forming after plating.

Sterling Plating offers Electroless Nickel plating in each of the following segments of our capabilities:

  • Prototype
  • Barrel

Nickel Sulfate
Plating Specifications: AMS-QQ-N-290, ASTM B689, QQ-N-290, MIL-P-81728

Nickel sulfate is often referred to as “bright nickel” and is used in applications where decorative reflectivity is required.  Sulfate nickel does not perform well in applications where ductility or solderability is an important consideration.

Sterling Plating offers electroless nickel plating in each of the following segments of our capabilities:

  • Prototype
  • Barrel


Electroless Nickel Plating

Plating Specifications: AMS-2404, ASTM B733, MIL-C-26074

Electroless Nickel Plating Capabilities for Prototype and Barrel Projects. Electroless nickel is an alloy of nickel and phosphorus and creates a plated deposit that is harder than electrolytic nickel while offering greater resistance to corrosion. Because the plating process used for electroless nickel does not rely on electrical current, the result is it provides deposit thickness uniformity on all surfaces of the plated part including holes and inner diameters.

Electroless nickel plating can be expensive and a hard service to find, which is why Sterling Plating in Chicago applies its mission of providing our customers with High Quality Service and Timely Delivery. If your application requires nickel or copper finishing and tolerance is a main concern, consider electroless metal plating from Sterling Plating. The electroless plating process creates a finish far more uniformed than what is achieved through a standard electrolytic process. The uniform deposition of this finishing process and its ability to be applied over non-conductive surfaces, such as plastics, makes it a versatile solution.

Electroless Metal Plating offers a variety of advantages:

  • Plating volume and thickness is adaptable
  • Even surface coating
  • Great for plating recesses and blind holes with uniformity
  • Exceptional protection against corrosion
  • No need for liquid lubricants

Electroless Metal Plating Capabilities

Electroless nickel finishing is the most common electroless metal process, and works well in products with an aluminum base material.  Processing delicate products in electroless nickel is a large part of our business here at Sterling Plating and we work very closely as an approved supplier with a number of large defense contractors. Silver, tin, palladium and gold can also be applied through this finishing process.

When you need a project done right, leave it to the leaders at Sterling Plating. Our quality, service and process standards meet ISO/TS 16949:2009 standards. Whether it’s copper, gold, silver, nickel, tin, or palladium, we have the right metal plating process to meet your needs. We offer this finish in each of the following segments of our capabilities:

  • Prototype
  • Barrel