Electroless Nickel Plating On Magnesium

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Electroless nickel plating on magnesium is the preferred engineering coating solution for applications requiring high levels of corrosion and wear resistance, deposit uniformity and hardness, solid lubricity, and solderability. Electroless nickel plating is an autocatalytic chemical process used to deposit a uniform layer of nickel-phosphorous alloy onto a part without the necessity of applying electrical current.   Since the plating process requires no electrical current, the coating produced is a very uniform structure that can be applied over various metals and substrates.

Magnesium Plating Uses

Electroless Nickel Plating on Magnesium
Electroless Nickel Plating on Magnesium

Magnesium is widely used in aerospace, medical, and military applications as well as automotive, and commercial projects.  Its use has been expanding due to its high strength-to-weight ratio.  Regardless of is application, magnesium needs protective coatings to prevent corrosion.  Advanced Surface Technologies is one of a handful of companies that has developed the expertise to properly apply electroless nickel on a variety of magnesium alloys like AZ91, AZ31, and AM60.  AST has been perfecting these techniques for over 20 years and provides the highest quality electroless nickel plating services available.  Our experienced staff can construct custom solutions for your distinct finishing needs. If its corrosion protection, solderability, hardness, cosmetics or lubricity we can help you achieve the final product you need.

AST’s Electroless Nickel Plating on Magnesium Lines

Being a leader in Electroless Nickel plating, AST maintains two, 200-gallon, Electroless Nickel process lines dedicated to providing mid-phosphorous, and high-phosphorous electroless nickel on magnesium.  Alloy specific cleaning and underplating are extremely important to the quality of the Electroless Nickel deposit and using chemistries that are specifically designed for magnesium allows AST to provide the quality expected, even on the most difficult of parts. 

AST provides custom coating solutions per the most widely recognized and long-standing specifications pertaining to Electroless Nickel plating including MIL-DTL-26074, MIL-C-26074, AMS 2404, and ASTM B733.   Our experienced staff can provide certifications to these specifications and is capable of meeting your company-specific specifications as well.

Advanced Surface Technologies is a national leader in the design, fabrication, and finishing of quality parts for the oil and gas, aerospace, solar, electronics, automotive, and other industries.  Call us today for high quality, price competitive, responsive turnaround surface plating services, and allow us to exceed your expectations.

4 Decades of Custom Solutions for Your Unique Finishing Needs

By eliminating the electrical current necessary to perform traditional electrolytic plating processes, electroless nickel plating allows AST to place nickel deposits in hard-to-plate recesses without burning or excessive build up on the outer edges of parts. This unparalleled level of conformity to the plated surface, uniform thickness, and atomic-level smoothness enhances cosmetic finishes, allows repair or salvage of complex machine components, high tech applications such as computer hard drive coating, and other custom solutions for demanding applications in a wide range of industries.

A Leader in Electroless Nickel Plating Since 1980

  • 9 substrate- and size-specific electroless nickel plating process lines
  • Alloy-specific cleaning chemistries allow AST to provide the highest quality matte, semi-bright, or bright finishes on even the most complex and difficult to coat parts
  • Environmentally aware shop – utilizing extensive wastewater minimization programs for recycling waste
  • Meets virtually any requirement for Electroless Nickel finishing