Electrolytic Nickel


Nickel electroplating is a process of depositing nickel on a metal part. Parts to be plated must be clean and free of dirt, corrosion, and defects before plating can begin. To clean and protect the part during the plating process a combination of heat treating, cleaning, masking, pickling, and etching may be used. Once the piece has been prepared it is immersed into an electrolyte solution and is used as the cathode. The nickel anode is dissolved into the electrolyte in form of nickel ions. The ions travel through the solution and deposit on the cathode.


Decorative bright nickel is used in a wide range of applications. It offers a high luster finish, corrosion protection, and wear resistance. In the automotive industry bright nickel can be found on bumpers, rims, exhaust pipes and trim. It is also used for bright work on bicycles and motorcycles. Other applications include hand tools and household items such as lighting and plumbing fixtures, wire racks, firearms, and appliances.

Finishing options available:

  • Bright Nickel
  • Copper, Nickel
  • Nickel, Sulfamate
  • Nickel, Duplex
  • Nickel Chrome
  • Copper, Nickel, Chrome
  • Copper, Duplex Nickel, Chrome

Common Specifications:

  • SAE-AMS-QQ-N290
  • AMS 2403
  • ASTM B689

Common Substrates:

  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Zinc Die Cast

Electrolytic Nickel Sample

Electrolytic Nickel Sample