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Black Nickel in golf


I am evaluating the use of black nickel over a nickel base (both electrolytic) on a golf putter head made of 304 stainless steel.

Any suggestions or concerns with the environment a putter will see. Some fertilizers, salts, humidity, etc are typical in use. Many putters use head covers, which may contain moisture.

Also any thoughts on how well does plating work over media blast areas. We are looking at doing a glass bead in the plating area.

Last question suggestions for a process. Pre-cleans,thicknesses of platings, post cleans, etc..


Mike Peters
- Vista, California, USA


You will need a Woods Nickel strike to start.

The black nickel of old, formulated with sodium sulfocyanide, ammonia, and zinc, has only moderate resistance to corrosion and wear, and that was in an office environment. We applied black nickel to mechanical gyroscope components, but these went into a protected environment.

Today, the old formulation provides some real challenges in waste water treatment and disposal.

Nickel plating has been successfully applied over blasted areas in order to give the proper finish (such as satin, or brushed).

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Tom Pullizzi
Falls Township, Pennsylvania


I think black chrome would be a better finish for this application.

Geoffrey Whitelaw
Geoffrey Whitelaw
- Port Melbourne, Australia

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