Original Photograph Of Zinc Plated Fasteners At Our Warehouse Mumbai, India

Original Photograph Of Zinc Plated Fasteners At Our Warehouse Mumbai, India

 

What is Zinc Plating?

Zinc plating is identical to electro-galvanizing in principle because both are electro-deposition processes. However, zinc plating is used on small parts such as fasteners, crank handles, springs and other hardware items ratherthan sheet metal. The zinc is applied as an expendable electrode in a cyanide, alkaline non-cyanide, or acid chloride salt solution. Cyanide baths are the most operationally efficient but can potentially create pollutionand are hazardous.

After alkaline or electrolytic cleaning, pickling to remove surface oxides, and rinsing, the parts are loaded into a barrel, rack, or drum and immersed in the plating solution. Various brightening agents may be added to the solution to add luster, but careful control is needed to ensure a quality product. Post-plating treatments may be used to passivate the zinc surface as well as impart various translucent colors or to extend the life of the coating.

 

The Process of Zinc Plating

  • Surface of the metal is cleaned in alkaline detergent type solutions, and it is treated with acid, in order to remove any rust or surface scales. Cleanliness is essential for successful zinc electroplating, as the molecular layers of oil or rust can prevent adhesion of the coating.

  • Next, the zinc is deposited on the metal by immersing it in a chemical bath containing dissolved zinc. A DC is applied, which results in zinc being deposited on the cathode. Alkaline zinc baths are used by the finished products, to produce a more consistent zinc thickness, especially in recesses.

    Hence an increased protection from corrosion is provided, as the corrosion of the deposited zinc is reduced. The zinc coating can increase the time required for the formation of white rust, by ten times. Finished Products also apply sealers, which are now commonly being specified by the automotive industry, further increasing corrosion protection

 

Characteristics

The normal zinc-plated coating is dull gray in color with a matte finish, although whiter, more lustrous coatings can be produced, depending on the process or agents added to the plating bath or through post-treatments. The coating is thin, ranging up to 1 mil (25 µm), restricting zinc-plated parts to very mild (indoor) exposures. ASTM Specification B 633 lists four classes of zinc plating: Fe/Zn 5, Fe/Zn 8, Fe/Zn 12 and Fe/Zn 25. The number indicates the coating thickness in microns (µm). The coating finds application in screws and other light fasteners, light switch plates and other small parts. Materials for use in moderate or severe applications must be chromate conversion coated. The coating is entirely pure zinc, which has a hardness about one-third to one-half that of most steels.


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