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Metal Finishing Services

Free Metal Finishing Guidebook

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Metal finishing is the process of changing the surface of an object, for the purpose of improving its appearance and/or durability. It is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of different categories, techniques and processes.

The Metal Finishing field can be quite overwhelming for

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The Process of Re-Chroming

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Restoring Chromed items is one of the most common jobs we are asked about here at Silchrome, we often receive enquiries from car enthusiasts looking to restore their pride and joy. Few people understand however that what we simply refer to as ‘Chrome Plating’ actually involves a number of

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2 New Process Worker Roles Available

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Silchrome Plating are proud to be expanding our thriving metal finishing business through the addition of 2 new process workers, at our facility in leeds, West Yorkshire. Morer details below:

Job Title: Process Worker

Job Type: Permanent

Location: Silchrome Plating Ltd, Barras Garth

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Zinc Plating wIth JS500

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Silchrome Plating are proud to be one of Macdermid’s licensed vendors to carry out Zinc Plating with JS500, here are more details on the advantages of this process.

What is JS500?

JS500 is a water based sealant that can be used as a finishing process in conjunction with Zinc

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A Quick Guide To Everything We Offer

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Silchrome Plating offer a wide array of metal finishing processes, many containing their own subcategories and finishing options. Here is an overview:


The electro-plating process involves taking your component and placing it into a vat/tank containing an electrolytic

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Tin Plating To Replace Lead

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Tin Plating To Replace Lead

The Manufacturing industry at large have been looking at the best ways to produce components that are not only fit for purpose but will have as little environmental impact on the earth as possible. RoHS or the Reduction of Hazardous Substances is a directive that

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You asked: What are Sacrificial Coatings?

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Metal finishing processes such as Zinc Plating are described as being ‘sacrificial’ in nature, but what does this term actually refer to?


When metals such as Steel are exposed to the elements they will often undergo a process called Oxidation which is corrosive in nature. Iron

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Benefits of Zinc Plating

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Zinc Plating with Passivate is one of the most popular metal finishing processes for a wide range of components including screws, fasteners as well pressings and automotive components. It is popular for a number of reasons:


Low Cost: Zinc as a material is abundant in nature within the

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Paint & Powder: What We Need To Know

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Silchrome offer a very wide array of metal finishing processes and this includes Paint and Powder Coatings. Our Paint shop has been especially busy of late and so we thought we’d help our customers by giving a quick overview on the information we need to process your enquiry as quickly

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How Metal Finishing Reduces Manufacturing Costs

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The engineering world is fast paced and competitive with every company looking at ways they can reduce costs whilst still providing high quality goods. One such option is Metal Finishing which encapsulates Plating, Coating, Painting and generally covering a component in another substance.

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Graduate Chemist Vacancy

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Silchrome Plating are pleased to announce the further expansion of our team with a Graduate Vacancy for a Chemist.


Company Overview:


Silchrome Plating are a thriving metal finishing business in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Established for over 60 years with a strong reputation in the

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You asked: What is ‘Throwing’ in Metal Finishing?

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If you have ever worked with or been quoted any sort of metal finishing process then you may have come across the term ‘throwing’ but what exactly does this term mean?

Throwing is short for throwing power. It is defined as the measure of a metal finishing solution’s ability to plate a

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3 New Vacancies!

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Silchrome Plating are currently looking to recruit: A Process Worker, Paint Sprayer and Lab Technician...descriptions below!

About Us: Silchrome Plating are a thriving metal finishing business in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Established for over 60 years with a strong reputation in the sector, we

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Chrome Plating Process

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One of Silchrome’s most popular metal finishing processes is Electroplated Chrome. This finish is most noticeable in our everyday lives in ‘Chrome’ Bumpers which are in fact electroplated steel, so what is Chrome, why is it so popular and what is involved in ‘Chroming’ a component?


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Silchrome Awarded ISO 2015


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Silchrome Plating are proud to announce that we have been granted ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certifications. These certifications are a globally recognised Quality Assurance Standard and is a reflection on the processes and procedures Silchrome have in place which enable us to

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What Information Do We Need to Quote Your Job?

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In order to provide our customers with the most accurate quotation it is vital to give us as much information as possible, these are many different factors that can affect both the turnaround and cost of your jobs so having accurate information is essential.

Metal Finishing Information


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Can We Chemically Black Duplex?


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A few weeks ago a customer came to us with a number of screws that they wanted to be Chemically Blacked. They were not 100% sure on the grade of material, assuming it was Stainless Steel yet after trying both of our Chemical Blacking processes (for mild and stainless steels) neither would

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Silchrome approved by global oil giant


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Silchrome Plating Ltd, the successful Leeds based coatings company are proud to have been added onto the Approved Vendor List for International Oil & Gas provider, Schlumberger and its associated companies Cameron and One Subsea.

The Oil and Gas industries have been through turbulent

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You Asked: How do Passivates protect Zinc Plating?


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Many different components are Zinc Plated in order to improve their part life and enhance their resistance to corrosion. The process, commonly referred to as just ‘Zinc Plating’ is actually short for ‘Zinc and Passivate’ so what exactly is Passivation and why is it needed?

Could You

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Restoring Scratched Parts with Plating

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Silchrome are often asked about how electroplating can help ‘breathe new life’ into items which might have succumbed to scratches, pitting and other forms of damage.


Many people wrongly assume that plating/coating an item will fill in cracks in the same vein that you might fill

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