Electroless Nickel Plating

Electroless nickel plating services offer solutions to your production processes while conserving operational costs. Inexpensive, hardy and corrosion resistant, electroless nickel plating is an alternative to more expensive plating solutions. If you’re looking for a cost-efficient means of coating large component batches, Sharretts Plating Company has an electroless nickel plating service for you.

Types of Plating

Electroless nickel plating differs from standard electroplating. Electroplating requires an electric current to deposit metals on components. Coating occurs by negatively charging component items and immersing them in a bath containing dissolved salts of the plating metal.

In contrast, electroless nickel plating requires no electric current. Instead, the process baths component parts in a specially-created solution, triggering chemical reactions which bind the nickel to component pieces.

Advantages of Electroless Nickel Plating Services

Because electroless nickel plating does not require a power source, the process is less expensive than electroplating. More importantly, electroless nickel plating services provide durable nickel coating which can be deposited with accuracy and at carefully controlled thicknesses. Finishes are even, and the process can be adjusted to create matte, semi-bright or bright finishes.

Nickel plating blocks the formation of rust, greatly increasing the lifespan of components. Nickel itself is significantly less expensive than gold, silver, palladium or other exotic metals, and market prices for nickel tend to be less volatile than scarcer resources. As a result, electroless nickel plating services offer cost efficient solutions to your corrosion and wear resistance needs.

In cases where more expensive plating materials are necessary, electroless nickel plating can still reduce your overall costs. Instead of coating components with pure gold or similar precious metals, apply an initial base of nickel alloy and then coat the nickel with the more valuable metal. The process minimizes the amount of exotic materials needed for the process.

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Electroless Plating Options

Sharretts Plating Company offers a variety of electroless nickel plating services. For corrosion protection, we recommend a nickel-phosphorus alloy, which provides low to high phosphorus treatments depending on the nature of your components and their intended purpose.

If your primary concern is wear and tear, consider a sturdy nickel-boron alloy. For high-end components subjected to extreme conditions, composite nickel coatings are preferred, which may include carbides, polymers or diamonds to reduce wear resistance.

Our electroless nickel plating facilities allow the infusion of ceramics into the nickel coating for increased durability. The use of low friction fluorinated carbon composites creates a dry and self-lubricating component coating.

A Leader in Electroless Nickel Plating Service

Sharretts Plating Company has provided quality plating solutions for over 80 years. We pride ourselves on helping companies meet their goals while reducing operating costs and improving their production process. We are a recognized industry leader in the industrial plating field, including electroless nickel plating.

Contact us today to discuss our electroless nickel plating services and how best to take advantage of our innovative plating services.


"I would like to thank you for the help you have provided us in developing an electroless nickel plating technique on an unusual substrate. The sample platings you provided show that we should be able to reach our goals. I especially appreciate your willingness to take on an unusual job, with the uncertainties that that entails...We are looking forward to working with you in the future on our plating needs."

– Robert K.