Copper Plating

Dependable Plating Services

Luis Restorations of Long Island specializes in a variety of restoration services, including the restoration of copper plated fixtures and chandeliers. We have years of experience in the industry and work with customers across New York and Long Island. We are a licensed and insured company who specializes in restoring antiques. Copper plating is a common aspect for many items, especially antiques. There are a wide range of items that use copper. Unfortunately, copper is a material that does not hold long and needs to be properly maintained. Our experienced team of technicians has the experience and wherewithal to properly work on an assortment of items.

What is Copper Plating?

Copper plating is the process of electrolytically depositing a layer of copper. Copper readily oxidizes, so copper plated parts that are used in a decorative fashion are often lacquered after the plating to retain that bright and shiny appearance. Copper plating applications are almost limitless. These applications induce an undercoat in situations where enhanced adhesion for additional coatings of materials, as it provides smooth and uniform coverage. It can also be used as a treatment for the preparation of surfaces for soldering. Many aerospace and electronics industries apply copper plating on plastic applications.

This process can be somewhat dangerous due to the toxicity of cyanide. Many commercial platers will use a copper-cyanide solution to complete the plating, which retains a high concentration of copper, but could be an issue when not done by an expert due to the presence of the cyanide. A cyanide based bath chemistry produces a metal finish that is preferred for its diffusion blocking characteristics. Diffusion blocking is used to improve the long term adherence of different types of metals, such as steel. Due to some of these risks it is important to concede these areas to the professionals. 

An Affordable Plating Option

Copper is less expensive and widely accessible, unlike metals such as gold, silver and platinum,  which are more at a premium. This allows for the copper plating process to be cheaper than other plating options. Save money and still get a reliable metal. Copper pennies are useful in demonstrating the concept of copper plating, because all you need do do is have a simple lemon bath. Lemon juice is a natural acid that attacks the oxidized copper-oxygen bond and releases the copper from the surface of the pennies. Then place a metal, such as a iron nail, in the suspended bath of copper ions and what you'll get is a simple plating of the iron nail. We can restore any types of antiques with our plating methods! We have a wide clientele base across New York and Long Island.

Free Copper Plating Estimate

Luis Restorations has years of experience in the field and provides trusted and reliable copper plating services to those in need. Our service area extends to customers across Long Island and New York. For more information about our copper plating services or any of our refinishing or restoration services in general, please contact us today! The number to call to speak to a customer service representative is 631-218-1384. We will answer any questions or concerns you may have about our plating services.  We can even provide you with a free estimate for the work we can provide. You are in good hands when you trust Luis Restorations with your antiques and light fixtures.