Feb 13

Increased Use of Electroless Nickel Plating in the Automotive Industry

As experts in the electroless nickel plating process, the staff at NiTEC carry out metal plating on a number of projects specifically for the automotive industry.

We commonly plate brake calipers for the automotive industry as the process of electroless nickel plating can dramatically improve the quality of the surface metal. Nickel plating is the ideal way to coat and protect the steel of a brake caliper, making them very corrosion resistant and hard wearing. It is a necessity that brake calipers are very hard wearing and last a significant amount of time. This is because they allow a vehicle to stop as they squeeze the brake pads against the surface of the brake rotor.

Classic vehicle refinishing

Nickel plating has also become popular for plating and restoring classic cars, vintage cars, and motorcycles. Not only does the nickel look great with its bright, shiny silvery finish, it is also very hard wearing and perfect for protecting the vehicle from corrosion and rust.

 

When nickel plating is applied to cars and motorcycles, however, it can become dull if it is not polished regularly. But because nickel is such a hard metal, it can be cleaned easily with most metal cleaners without causing damage to the surface of the metal.

If you are carrying out a restoration project on a classic car, or would like to find out more about how nickel  plating can extend the life of components used in the automotive industry, contact the team at NiTEC for more information. Visit our website or call us on 0845 224 3571 for more information.