What is Zinc Plating?
Zinc plating is a soft, decorative, corrosion resistant finish. Zinc protects the substrate by sacrificing itself, corroding before the base metal. This means that the galvanic layer of zinc will protect even if the layer sustains minor damage, such as minor scratches and punctures.
The level of corrosion resistance of zinc plated fasteners depends on the thickness of the coating layer. To increase this corrosion resistance of zinc, a “chromate conversion” is usually added to deter the white colored oxidation products of zinc.
Zinc plated products, including zinc plated bolts, screws, nuts and washers, vary from one industry to another, however, they all share zinc’s durable finish, pleasant appearance and cost effective processing.
Zinc and zinc alloy plating will surely become more significant as metals such as cadmium are phased out due to environmental regulations. Such sacrificial metals, such as zinc, have significant corrosion resistant properties in spite of their apparent softness and propensity to scratching.
What are the benefits of Zinc Plating?
- Zinc coatings are economical
- Protects even if slightly damaged on the surface
- Excellent modern substitute for less environmentally friendly cadmium coatings
- Great ductility and adhesion
- Consistent distribution
- Suitable for either rack or barrel plating
Zinc Plating Specifications
- Zinc Type I and II - any class
- Zinc Type I and II Stainless
- Chromates - Clear, Yellow, Black and Olive Drab
Purchase from AFT or Supply Your Own Parts
When having parts zinc plated at our metal finishing facility, AFT offers customers the option to either supply their own parts or purchase them directly through AFT. In most circumstances, buying the parts directly from AFT can be significantly less expensive due to lower shipping costs and our competitive pricing.
We offer low minimums, and turn-around times are typically within 7 days. Please contact us with any questions or to request a quote.