Copper Plating Services
Doug Taylor Metal Finishing Co are a family-run business, established in 1981 by Doug Taylor himself, a keen chemist who began Copper Plating in 1958. There are now three generations of the Taylor family involved in the business.
All of our Copper Plating work is carried-out to British Standards, and we incorporate additional inspection points at each element of the copper plating process to ensure that the end result provides the best possible finish that the metal part will allow. Everything is checked whilst wrapped to ensure the item is of the highest quality before being sent out or collected. We will handle everything from single items to larger volumes, subject to required turnaround times.
Copper Plating Process
All of our Copper Plating work is carried-out in house, using modern processing plant capable of providing the highest quality copper plating services to meet the varied demands of both trade and private customers. We offer four types of finish:
- Flash Cyanide Copper – bright copper finish also traditionally used to give a good key for the pyrophosphate copper
- Pyrophosphate copper – also a bright copper finish and mainly used for die cast components. Gives it a coating that allows nickel to key to it
- Acid Copper – provides a very bright finish, and mainly used to improve plating uniformity and brightness. Becoming more and more common for bike frames and parts
- Sateen finish – Toned-down brightness of copper finish.
The transformation process (strip – polish – copper) is to British Standards, so is included within our pricing. This process naturally takes longer to undertake but ensures a good finish at every stage of the copper plating process.
It also allows us to undertake copper plating for all items from large bumpers right down to singular nuts and bolts, eliminating the chances of any single item being lost. We can handle single items up to combined maximum dimensions of 7ft 10in (2.38m) long, 2ft (0.6m) wide and 4ft (1.2m) deep. However for the Pyrophosphate finish we can only currently handle up to 6ft (1.83m) long, 1ft 6in (0.45m) wide and 4ft (1.2m) deep.
We are proud to retain to this day a traditional copper plating process where every item is hand-wired. Our manual process also achieves a thicker finish, ultimately improving the end quality and depth of the copper finish.
Components we can Copper Plate
The list is endless as to what we have copper plated in the past ranging from larger items – Marine, Classic Cars, Scooters, Motorcycles and Bicycles to the smaller items like taps and general household items that the owners just wanted to give a new lease of life to. We can do everything – If you are unsure whether you can plate your item, just give us a call and we can provide the answers. Below are examples of the types of components we have plated for customers. This list is not exhaustive:
Is any Preparation Work needed by the Customer?
No, generally you can supply your item to us in its current condition and we will undertake all preparations (strip and polish) before undergoing the transformation process. The only exception would be if we have to manually remove heavy paint layers or lacquers from the metal you send to us, in which case a small extra charge would apply to the stripping process. All details of this will be included in the quotation we provide to you before commencing work.
Accreditations / Industry Standards and Awards
All of our Electroplating processes adhere to the appropriate British Standards. We are members of the Federation of Small Businesses and approved contractors to Leonardo Helicopters (formerly Agusta Westland)
We provide a twelve-month guarantee on all work, except die cast and aluminium components.
Usually our turnaround times are up to four weeks but during our busiest periods our turnaround time can increase to six weeks or more. If you require a quicker turnaround, please call us to discuss your project and we can see if we can accommodate you.
Please contact us and we will provide an all inclusive quote based on your requirements. If you would like a quick quote, please fill in our form on the right of the page, include an image of the item(s) that you wish to be plated and list any defects, rust, dents, holes and deep pitting and we will be able to provide an accurate quote within 24 hours.