New York Gold Plating Custom Service
Serving Many Across The New York And Long Island Area
Luis Restorations gold plating services that are affordable and reliable to customers throughout New York. Gold plating has been a practice of Luis Restorations since our inception, so you can trust your valuables in our possessions. We have the necessary experience to use our plating skills to improve the look and feel of the antique we are restoring. For more information about all of our plating services, please contact us today. We will gladly answer any questions you may have about the plating process. 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. So please, do not hesitate to reach out today! Get the best gold plating services in New York when you turn to Luis Restorations!
What is Gold Plating?
Gold plating is the method of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal. Two processes complete it: chemical or electrochemical plating. Gold plating is really just a fancy way to preserve and add great value to your antique 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 mostly for furniture and antiques, it is also a popular method in New York for jewelry and electronics.
Gold Plating With Jewelry
The manufacturing of jewelry also uses plating. During this plating process, the silver atoms diffuse into the gold layer. This causes a slow and gradual fading of the color. Eventually, the metal is tarnished on the surface. Since it all depends on the thickness of the gold layer, this process may take months or years to complete. The use of a barrier metal counters this effect. Copper takes an even longer time than silver. This leads to plating the copper further with nickel.
Different Types of Gold Plating in Use
Gold plating actually takes a few forms and there are several types of gold plating in use throughout New York. Here are some of those uses.
Soft, Pure Gold Plating
You find this use 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. However, this process does leave a small amount of nickel and/or cobalt. These elements interfere with die bonding. Therefore, do not use plating baths for semiconductors.
Bright Hard Gold on Printed Circuit Board Tabs
This process is the depositing of a 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.