Brass Plating


Brass Coal Box

Commercial & Residential Uses of Brass

Brass plating is one of the oldest forms of metal finishing. Depending upon the ratio of copper to zinc, brass has a wide range of colors from yellow to white. Unlike gold, brass will eventually tarnish as a result due to oxidization. Instead, Cleaning brass with a multitude of commercial cleaners is completely normal.

Over the years, the uses of brass plating have primarily served aesthetic purposes, with thinly coated plates over bright nickel or other bright plating materials.Buffing or burnishing creates a shiny smooth finish therefore we can use heaver metals. In contrast, treating heavier metals to produces an antique finishes in a darker brown or black. Relieving these finishes through tumbling or brushing to produce highlights.

It is important to note, however, that brass can also provide important industrial functions. For example, brass plating can be used on aluminum (zincated) prior to nickel plating in order to optimize rubber bonding. This procedure is best highlighted in the creation of steel tire cord wire, where the bonding of the steel to the rubber depends on brass plating the steel wire. Generally, the brass plating is done on heavier wire, which can be drawn after plating to the final size without destroying the brass plate.


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