Zinc Plating

Zinc Plating

Take your restoration project to the next level.
I offer a limited zinc plating service to my Vapour Blast customers who also have a few small parts they wish to have plated .
If you only wish to have parts zinc plated, I cannot help you, sorry.

Replating of the unique clips, brackets linkages and fasteners is what makes a first class restoration stand head and shoulders above an average restoration.

The zinc electroplating process can produce a number of finishes.
The two most popular are known as ‘clear’ or ‘bright’ zinc for an almost chrome plated finish, or ‘yellow dichromate’ to emulate the iridescent gold cad plated parts we remember from the past.
See below for photos of re-plated parts.
I can also reproduce the authentic ‘phosphate and oil’ look as used on Mustangs and other Fords from the 60’s. This produces a very dark grey to black result and the process is also known as ‘Parkerising”.

Zinc Plating Frequently Asked Questions

Why zinc plate my parts?
Bare steel will corrode very quickly once exposed to the atmosphere. Zinc and cad act as a barrier, protecting the steel.
Can you do cadmium plating?
No. Due to cadmium’s toxicity, most manufacturers stopped using cadmium decades ago. The appearance of cad plate however can be achieved through the use of chromate conversion coatings.

Why is a chromate conversion coating applied to zinc plated parts?
Untreated zinc will begin to oxidize quite quickly, this is seen as a white powder (zinc oxide) on the surface of the plated part.
A chromate conversion coating provides an extra layer of protection by preventing the oxidation of the zinc plating.
Chromate conversion coatings can have either an iridescent yellow appearance, or be clear (silver).
Can you re-plate rusty parts?
Yes. Prior to plating, all rust is removed. Deeply pitted parts may still show evidence of prior corrsosin as the zinc plating is not very thick and as such it will not hide imperfections in the underlying substrate..
What metals can be zinc plated?
Standard (carbon) steel, brass and copper. Aluminium, magnesium and stainless steel are not compatible with this process.