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Plating on Steel
and Steel Alloys

Steel is the most commonly used and abundant metal on our planet. Steel, Stainless steel, and their never ending list of alloys have been a staple in the metal manufacturing industry since their creation, and therefore they are one of the most commonly plated substrates in the surface finishing industry.

Steel and Stainless Steel possess a variety of physical qualities like strength, durability, and malleability, that have contributed to their continued use in a variety of industries.

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Plating Steel and Stainless Steel Alloys

The full list of steel alloys contains roughly 3,500 different grades of steel and stainless steel. Steel is most commonly mixed with other metals such as Nickel or Copper to create a new compound with its own set of unique chemical and physical properties. AOTCO has extensive experience plating Steel, Stainless Steel, and their alike alloys including:

  • Low Carbon Steel
  • High Carbon Steel
  • Tool Steel
  • Spring Steel
  • Chrome Vanadium Steel
  • Chrome-Moly Steel
  • Leaded Steel
  • And more!

Note: If you are looking for plating services on an alloy not listed above, feel free to contact us at 1-888-275-0880.

Common Steel and Stainless Steel finishes include:

Being the most commonly used metal on the planet, there have been an endless amount of uses for steel throughout its history. Used in projects of all scales and shapes, one thing has always been true about manufacturing with steel, stainless steel, and other steel alloys: surface finishing greatly improves their functionality. Some of the most common finishes for steel, stainless steel, and steel alloy substrates are:

  • Gold Plating
  • Passivation
  • Silver Plating
  • Copper Plating
  • Electropolish
  • And more!

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Benefits of Plating Steel, Stainless Steel, and Steel Alloys
As mentioned, Steel and its many forms are the most commonly used form of metal in the manufacturing industry. While steel is physically very strong, its surface lacks the chemical strength to resist corrosion and oxidation. This is where a successful surface finish can come in handy as it can provide a wide range of beneficial chemical and physical properties to Steel, Stainless Steel, and their various alloys. Some of the most notable benefits of plating steel and steel alloys are as follows:
  • Corrosion Resistance
  • Long lasting, aesthetically pleasing, and smooth finish
  • Improved Thermal Resistance
  • Adjustable thermal conductivity
  • Improve/Adjust Electrical Conductivity
  • And many more!
Common Industry Applications for Plated Steel, Stainless Steel, and Steel Alloys
With steel and its many forms being highly abundant and widely used, the full list of industry applications for plated steel and steel alloys would be endless. At AOTCO, we finish steel, stainless steel, and steel alloy components for a variety of manufacturing industries. Those industries include, but are not limited to, aerospace, military and defense, optics, and clean energy. Some of the most notable applications for plated steel within these industries are:
  • Nuts, Bolts, and Fasteners
  • Construct Pipes
  • Storage Valves
  • Operating Tables
  • MRI Scanners
  • Surgical Implants
  • Replacement Joints / Pins
  • And many more!
For more information about plating on steel, stainless steel, and other metal finishes, including Military Specs, AMS Specs and ASTM Specs, visit AOTCO Military Plating Specs page.
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