Luis Restorations specializes in a wide array of antique restoration services, including the restoration of gold plated fixtures. Our gold plating services are affordable and reliable. Gold plating has been a practice of Luis Restorations since our inception and trusting your possessions in our hands is the best move you could make for your valuables. We have the necessary experience to use our plating skills and get your antique looking new in no time! So please, reach out to us today for more information. The number for our office is 631-218-1384. When you call, we can provide you with a free consultation and estimate to go over our services.
What is Gold Plating?
Luis Restorations' mission is to provide premium electroplating products, services, and information to our clientele. Gold plating is the method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal. Chemical or electrochemical plating completes this process. We are experts when it comes to this process. There are several types of gold plating used today.
- Soft, pure gold plating - This is used in the semiconductor industry. A gold layer is soldered and wire bonded.
- Bright hard gold on contacts - This creates a purity of close to 99.9% gold. This process will leave a small amount of nickel and/or cobalt. These elements interfere with die bonding, therefore plating baths should not be used for semiconductors.
- Bright hard gold on printed circuit board tabs - This process is the depositing of lower concentration of gold into baths. These usually contain nickel and/or cobalt.
- Soft, pure gold - These methods involve the gold being deposited from special electrolytes. This process is used for depositing layers suitable for wire bonding.
Gold plating is a fancy way to preserve and add great value to your possessions. There are five recognized classes of gold plating chemistry: Alkaline gold cyanide, neutral gold cyanide, acid gold plating, non-cyanide, miscellaneous. Though for our purposes gold plating is for furniture, it is also a popular method for jewelry and electronics.
Gold Plating With Jewelry
The manufacturing of jewelry also uses plating. In this process, the silver atoms diffuse into the gold layer, which causes a slow and gradual fading of the color. Eventually, the metal tarnishes on the surface. This process may take months or years to complete. It all depends on the thickness of the gold layer. The use of a barrier metal counters this effect. Copper takes an even longer time than the silver, which usually leads to copper plating with nickel.
Call For More Information
Luis Restorations has years of experience in the field and provides expert gold plating services for those in need. Our service area extends to clients across New York and Long Island. For more information about our restoration services, please contact us today. The number to call for our office is 631-218-1384. We will answer any questions or concerns you may have about the plating process, as well as about any of our quality restoration services. When you call, we can provide you with a free estimate for any of our available services. So please, do not hesitate to reach out today!
Interesting fact: NASA, by using a specific method, uses gold to thermally control spacecraft instruments due to its 99% reflectivity with infrared waves. Far out!